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    Hello,

    I'm posting this query on behalf of fellow Frenchman Philippe Castellano. With some friends of his in the Marseille area they intend to refurbish a memorial cross set at the crash site of Dakota IV KN557, of No. 271 Squadron, which crashed there on 15th January 1946. A ceremony for the renovated memorial is planned for 15th January 2011, with coverage in a French aviation magazine.

    The form 1180 has just been asked to the R.A.F. museum and I'll have a look at the Squadron O.R.B. at Kew. This aircraft has already been mentioned once in the board :
    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?t=6832&highlight=kn557

    I don't have a copy of Colin Cummings' "Final Landings". Would there be someone who could quote the entry of the book ? Philippe is also seeking report(s) from the survivor(s) : one or two according to online sources.

    Many thanks in advance for your help and tips.

    Joss

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    Hi Joss

    Cummings quotes: -

    "The aircraft's position was fixed incorrectly and the pilot was given a wrong course to steer. The aircraft struck high ground at 1000 feet in poor weather conditions."

    Malcolm

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    Hello,

    Thanks Malcolm for the quote. Is there a crew and passengers list in the book ?

    Using Geoff Search Engine, I have this list of 26, all buried at Mazargues (Marseille) with a date of death of 15th January 1946 :
    AUNGIER SM 1456171 7273 RAF REGT SQDN ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE
    BOND JK 1515957 2963 SQDN RAF REGT ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE
    BUCHANAN WGE 128988 271 SQDN ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE
    CANHAM H T/14421130 712 GEN TRANSPORT COY ROYAL ARMY SERVICE CORPS
    CHAPMAN EA 1624119 271 SQDN ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE
    COTTLE CG 1585731 230 SQDN ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE
    CUNNINGHAM H 1373736 - ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE
    DANIELS G 1384200 271 SQDN ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE
    FESSI EJ 1147570 - ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE
    FLANAGAN JJ 5386578 6TH BN SOUTH WALES BORDERERS
    FOURACRE LR 1430975 - ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE
    GARDHAM E 14558615 21 FIELD PARK COY ROYAL ENGINEERS
    GILES TE 1250070 - ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE
    GILLINGHAM R 1381595 - ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE
    ISAAC PV 227587 - ROYAL ARMY MEDICAL CORPS
    LLOYD WK 152132 - ROYAL ARMY MEDICAL CORPS
    NUTT JH - HQ 3 RM COMMANDO BDE ROYAL MARINES
    PEACOCK W 3660687 2ND BN YORK AND LANCASTER REGIMENT
    PRICE B 3658136 1ST BN NORTH STAFFORDSHIRE REGIMENT
    RENNIE ME 273475 - ROYAL ENGINEERS
    SMITH RN 185078 271 SQDN ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE
    SUART JW 1158418 271 SQDN ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE
    TOBIAS RT - HMS VENGEANCE ROYAL NAVAL VOLUNTEER RESERVE
    TURNER SC - HMS COPRA ROYAL NAVAL VOLUNTEER RESERVE
    WOOD G 226342 - INTELLIGENCE CORPS
    MARRIOTT P - - ROYAL INDIAN NAVY VOLUNTEER RESERVE

    Joss

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    Hi Joss

    The casualties are as you listed but I've included ranks and aircrew positions incase they were not already known and corrected RAF Reg unit.

    LAC AUNGIER SM 1456171 probably 2773 Sqn not 7273
    LAC BOND JK 1515957 2963 SQDN RAF REGT ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE
    Flt Lt BUCHANAN WGE 128988 271 SQDN Pilot
    Dvr CANHAM H T/14421130 712 GEN TRANSPORT COY ROYAL ARMY SERVICE CORPS
    Flt Sgt CHAPMAN EA 1624119 271 SQDN 2nd Pilot
    LAC COTTLE CG 1585731 230 SQDN ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE
    LAC CUNNINGHAM H 1373736 - ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE
    LAC DANIELS G 1384200 271 SQDN ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE
    LAC FESSI EJ 1147570 - ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE
    Pvt FLANAGAN JJ 5386578 6TH BN SOUTH WALES BORDERERS
    LAC FOURACRE LR 1430975 - ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE
    Spr GARDHAM E 14558615 21 FIELD PARK COY ROYAL ENGINEERS
    LAC GILES TE 1250070 - ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE
    LAC GILLINGHAM R 1381595 - ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE
    Capt ISAAC PV 227587 - ROYAL ARMY MEDICAL CORPS
    Capt LLOYD WK 152132 - ROYAL ARMY MEDICAL CORPS
    Lt NUTT JH - HQ 3 RM COMMANDO BDE ROYAL MARINES
    Cpl PEACOCK W 3660687 2ND BN YORK AND LANCASTER REGIMENT
    Pvt PRICE B 3658136 1ST BN NORTH STAFFORDSHIRE REGIMENT
    Lt RENNIE ME 273475 - ROYAL ENGINEERS
    Fg Off SMITH RN 185078 271 SQDN W.Op.
    WO SUART JW 1158418 271 SQDN Nav
    Lt (A) TOBIAS RT - HMS VENGEANCE ROYAL NAVAL VOLUNTEER RESERVE
    Lt TURNER SC - HMS COPRA ROYAL NAVAL VOLUNTEER RESERVE
    Capt WOOD G 226342 - INTELLIGENCE CORPS
    Lt MARRIOTT P - - ROYAL INDIAN NAVY VOLUNTEER RESERVE

    Malcolm

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    In the hope that some relatives might be made aware of this rededication, I have posted fuller details in the hope that it better registers with various Search Engines on here rather than as a separate Word document.
    If Mods feel this is too long or incorrect, I will amend.

    Name: AUNGIER, STEPHEN MICHAEL. Rank: Leading Aircraftman
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Unit Text: 7273 (R.A.F.) Regt. Sqdn.
    Date of Death: 15/01/1946. Service No: 1456171
    Additional information: Son of Mrs. M. Aungier, of West Croydon, Surrey.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Plot 10. Row A. Grave 25.

    Name: BOND, JOHN KENDAL. Rank: Leading Aircraftman
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Unit Text: 2963 Sqdn. R.A.F. Regt.
    Age: 23. Date of Death: 15/01/1946. Service No: 1515957
    Additional information: Son of Ernest and Ada Bond, of Moss Side, Manchester.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Plot 10. Row A. Grave 26.

    Name: BUCHANAN, WILLIAM GEORGE ELLIOTT. Rank: Flight Lieutenant
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Unit Text: 271 Sqdn.
    Age: 36. Date of Death: 15/01/1946. Service No: 128988
    Additional information: Son of George and Luisa Valdez de Buchanan, of Sandiago, Chile.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Plot 10. Row A. Grave 29.

    Name: CANHAM, HENRY. Rank: Driver
    Regiment/Service: Royal Army Service Corps. Unit Text: 712 Gen. Transport Coy.
    Age: 20. Date of Death: 15/01/1946. Service No: T/14421130
    Additional information: Son of Henry Samuel and Violet Canham, of Tadcaster, Yorkshire.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Plot 4. Row C. Grave 80.

    Name: CHAPMAN, EDWIN ALAN. Rank: Flight Sergeant (Pilot)
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Unit Text: 271 Sqdn.
    Age: 21. Date of Death: 15/01/1946. Service No: 1624119
    Additional information: Son of William Charles and Olive Maud Chapman, of Cambridge.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Plot 10. Row A. Grave 30.

    Name: COTTLE, CHARLES GEORGE. Rank: Leading Aircraftman
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Unit Text: 230 Sqdn.
    Age: 23. Date of Death: 15/01/1946. Service No: 1585731
    Additional information: Son of Charles Cottle and of Doris Mabel Cottle, of Kensington, London.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Plot 10. Row A. grave 20.

    Name: CUNNINGHAM, HENRY. Rank: Leading Aircraftman
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    Date of Death: 15/01/1946. Service No: 1373736
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Plot 10. Row A. Grave 9.

    Name: DANIELS, GWILYM. Rank: Leading Aircraftman
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Unit Text: 271 Sqdn.
    Age: 34. Date of Death: 15/01/1946. Service No: 1384200
    Additional information: Son of Daniel and Mary Ann Daniels, of Hayes End, Middlesex.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Plot 10. Row A. Grave 22.

    Name: FESSI, ERNEST JOHN. Rank: Leading Aircraftman
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    Age: 23. Date of Death: 15/01/1946. Service No: 1147570
    Additional information: Son of Ernest Henry and Clara Hannah Fessi, of Nuneaton, Warwickshire.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Plot 10. Row A. Grave 17.

    Name: FLANAGAN, JOHN JAMES. Rank: Private
    Regiment/Service: South Wales Borderers. Unit Text: 6th Bn.
    Age: 31. Date of Death: 15/01/1946. Service No: 5386578
    Additional information: Son of Peter and Mary J. Flanagan, of Derrygonnelly, Co. Fermanagh, Northern Ireland.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Plot 10. Row A. Grave 14.

    Name: FOURACRE, LEONARD ROY. Rank: Leading Aircraftman
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    Age: 23. Date of Death: 15/01/1946. Service No: 1430975
    Additional information: Son of Richard and Lily Jane Fouracre, of Old Basing, Hampshire.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Plot 10. Row A. Grave 33.

    Name: GARDHAM, ERIC. Rank: Sapper
    Regiment/Service: Royal Engineers. Unit Text: 21 Field Park Coy.
    Age: 21. Date of Death: 15/01/1946. Service No: 14558615
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Plot 10. Row A. Grave 16.

    Name: GILES, TREVOR ERNEST. Rank: Leading Aircraftman
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    Date of Death: 15/01/1946. Service No: 1250070
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Plot 10. Row A. grave 32.

    Name: GILLINGHAM, RONALD. Rank: Leading Aircraftman
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    Age: 25. Date of Death: 15/01/1946. Service No: 1381595
    Additional information: Son of William Charles and Sarah Anne Gillingham, of Barry, Glamorgan.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Plot 10. Row A. Grave 15.

    Name: ISAAC, PAUL VERRIER. Rank: Captain
    Regiment/Service: Royal Army Medical Corps
    Age: 29. Date of Death: 15/01/1946. Service No: 227587
    Additional information: Son of Harry and Ellen Farmy Isaac, of Cardiff; husband of Louie Elsie Isaac. B.Sc., M.B., B.S., M.R.C.S., L.R.C.P.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Plot 10. Row A. Grave 19.

    Name: LLOYD, WILFRED KENDRICK. Rank: Captain
    Regiment/Service: Royal Army Medical Corps
    Age: 29. Date of Death: 15/01/1946. Service No: 152132
    Additional information: Son of Arthur and Nellie Lloyd, of Castle Bromwich, Warwickshire. M.B., Ch.B.(Birmingham).
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Plot 10. Row A. Grave 24.

    Name: MARRIOTT, PETER. Nationality: Indian. Rank: Lieutenant
    Regiment/Service: Royal Indian Navy Volunteer Reserve
    Age: 28. Date of Death: 15/01/1946
    Additional information: Son of William and Lois Anna Marriott, of Richmond, Surrey.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Plot 10. Row A. Grave 11.

    Name: NUTT, JOHN HAROLD. Rank: Lieutenant
    Regiment/Service: Royal Marines. Unit Text: H.Q. 3 R.M. Commando Bde.
    Age: 20. Date of Death: 15/01/1946
    Additional information: Son of Harold and Jane Nutt, of Maida Hill, London.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Plot 10. Row A. Grave 23.

    Name: PEACOCK, WALTER. Rank: Corporal
    Regiment/Service: York and Lancaster Regiment. Unit Text: 2nd Bn.
    Age: 27. Date of Death: 15/01/1946. Service No: 3660687
    Additional information: Son of Joseph and Ethel May Peacock, of Longsight, Manchester. Served with the "Chindits".
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Plot 10. Row A. Grave 18.

    Name: PRICE, BENJAMIN. Rank: Private
    Regiment/Service: North Staffordshire Regiment. Unit Text: 1st Bn.
    Age: 29. Date of Death: 15/01/1946. Service No: 3658136
    Additional information: Son of Fredrick and Christina Price, of Liverpool; husband of Sadie Price, of Kensington, Liverpool.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Plot 10. Row A. Grave 28.

    Name: RENNIE, MAURICE ERNEST. Rank: Lieutenant
    Regiment/Service: Royal Engineers
    Age: 24. Date of Death: 15/01/1946. Service No: 273475
    Additional information: Son of George Melvin Rennie and Margaret Ann Rennie, of Aberdeen.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Plot 10. Row A. Grave 27.

    Name: SMITH, RALPH NATHANIEL. Rank: Flying Officer (W.Op.)
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Unit Text: 271 Sqdn.
    Age: 23. Date of Death: 15/01/1946. Service No: 185078
    Additional information: Son of Arthur George and Blanche Edith Smith, of South Woodford, Essex; husband of Ruth Olive Smith, of South Woodford. His brother Eric Douglas Frederick Smith also fell.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Plot 10. Row A. Grave 21.

    Name: SUART, JOHN WYVILL. Rank: Warrant Officer (Nav.)
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Unit Text: 271 Sqdn.
    Age: 25. Date of Death: 15/01/1946. Service No: 1158418
    Additional information: Son of the Revd. Edward Wyvill Suart and Gladys Howorth Suart, of The Rectory, Whatley, Somerset.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Plot 10. Row A. Grave 31.

    Name: TOBIAS, ROBERT THOMAS. Rank: Lieutenant (A)
    Regiment/Service: Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. Unit Text: H.M.S. Vengeance
    Age: 24. Date of Death: 15/01/1946
    Additional information: Son of William T. Tobias and Lena F. Tobias, of Earley, Berkshire.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Plot 10. Row A. Grave 12.

    Name: TURNER, STANLEY CHARLES. Rank: Lieutenant
    Regiment/Service: Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. Unit Text: H.M.S. Copra.
    Date of Death: 15/01/1946
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Plot 10. Row A. Grave 10.

    Name: WOOD, GEORGE. Rank: Captain
    Regiment/Service: Intelligence Corps
    Age: 31. Date of Death: 15/01/1946. Service No: 226342
    Additional information: Son of William Edwin and Gertrude Alice Wood, of Hull. B.A. Hons.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Plot 10. Row A. Grave 13.


    Thanks jossleclerque and Philippe and his team for this! Much appreciated by all of us
    Last edited by KevinW4; 16th January 2010 at 14:27. Reason: beaten by malcolm (again!!) Too much detail??

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    hello,

    Thanks Malcolm and Kevin for your help.

    Malcolm, as I haven't checked the Squadron ORB so far, which I'll do next month, I presumed the crew of four was made as you put it, so thanks for clarifying this point. I had used the previous post in each KN557 was mentioned to correct the R.A.F. regiment to which Aungier belonged.

    Kevin, I had the CGWC list as well and as you, I thought it would make too much in the initial post, as some of the passengers were non-RAF. Indeed, the names will be referenced by the search engines and this may provide contact from family members. I see that you have also corrected the typo in Peacock's entry (served instead of 'sened').

    May I ask you about the meanings of "B.Sc., M.B., B.S., M.R.C.S., L.R.C.P." in ISAAC's entry ? I remember B.Sc. and B.S. have to do with diplomas (from my Erasmus days) ?

    Also for Lloyd : M.B., Ch.B.(Birmingham).

    Were they both military doctors, or civilian doctors "impressed" in the Service ?

    Thanks in advance

    Joss

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    Quote Originally Posted by jossleclercq View Post
    May I ask you about the meanings of "B.Sc., M.B., B.S., M.R.C.S., L.R.C.P." in ISAAC's entry ? I remember B.Sc. and B.S. have to do with diplomas (from my Erasmus days) ?

    Also for Lloyd : M.B., Ch.B.(Birmingham).
    MB - (Medicinae Baccalaureus) Bachelor of Medicine
    BS - Bachelor of Surgery
    MRCP - Member of the Royal College of Surgeons
    LRCP - Licentiate of the Royal College of Physicians

    MB ChB (Medicinae Baccalaureus et Chirurgiae Baccalaureus) Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery

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    hello

    thanks Amrit for the explanations.

    B.Sc. for bachelor of science, right ?

    I'll try to find something on them on the web.

    Joss

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    Amrit: If ever I get a team together for Eggheads, you're on my short list!
    joss: i thought you would have the details and just took too long putting it all nice and neat, hence others posted the details first! Sorry, don't want to take anything away from you and Philippe et al.

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    Hello,

    Just "bumping up" this old thread : AHB confirmed in a letter that CANHAM wasn't aboard Dakota IV KN557. It's just a coincidence that he died the same day, and that explains why he's buried in a completely different plot in Mazargues cemetery. As suggested by AHB, I've written to Army Personnel Center (Historical Disclosures) for confirmation, but they never replied...

    There will be a ceremony at the crash site on 15th January 2011.

    Despite the information that the passengers were ex-prisoners of war of the Japanese, I haven't been able to find any PoW questionnaires for any of them, in the Japanese section of WO344 series at Kew.

    AHB refused to confirm the names of the two survivors. From clippings I found that one was a Lieutenant John LINNEY, who was able to walk six hours through the hills to ask for help. The other was "Hamilton" a Scottish airman, who remained at the crash site with GILES and FOURACRE, who unfortunately didn't survive very long.

    Has any Scottish member of the board ever come across an airman named Hamilton who survived a Dakota crash ?

    TIA

    Joss

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