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    Default Catfoss incident - 25-4-1944

    Hello,

    On 25-4-1944, AUS408503 P/O John Frederick OLVER RAAF, of 453 Sqn RAAF, was slightly injured in an aircraft accident at Catfoss airfield.

    Other than an undigitised AWM65 and an obscure A705 (NAA; A705 108/7/269), Olver's RAAF files are not available at the NAA. The 453 Sqn history, Defeat to Victory, makes no mention of the incident. I know the Central Gunnery School was based at Catfoss at this time, so there may be a connection.

    Any further information appreciated.

    Col.
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    Hi Col,

    From the monthly summary for April 1944 in the 453 Sqn ORB found at:

    http://naa12.naa.gov.au/scripts/ItemDetail.asp?M=0&B=1359195

    At approximately 23.30 hours news was received that P/O J.F. Olver had been involved in a flying accident and was placed on the S.I. list. He had just a few days in which to finish the Central Gunnery Course at Catfoss and had been there for nearly six weeks. Further news is awaited.

    Unfortunately, nothing else is listed in April's ORB. As I went to the May 1944 ORB the NAA's site froze up, something which seems to happen in my part of the world at this time of night.

    Regards,

    Dave
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    Hi Dave,

    Thanks for the wake-up signal! Completely overlooked the 453 Sqn ORB. Will chase it up*.

    The problem with the NAA is not restricted to your part of the world. There is a persistent, and annoying problem at the NAA, which they can't, or won't, fix.

    Would still appreciate details of the incident.

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    For those who wish to pursue this saga, here are the appropriate date/page refs from the 453 Sqn ORB:

    23-3-44 p.29 of 412
    26-4-44 p.36 of 412
    10-5-44 p.45 of 412
    6-6-44 p.58 of 412
    10-6-44 p.59 of 412

    (Thanks once again Dave).

    Col.
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    Default Cgs 25/4-1944

    At that date Spitfire II P7384 had an accident at Catfoss:

    "Tyre burst on take-off, swung and overturned, Catfoss."

    /John E

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    John E,

    P7384 looks a likely candidate. Will check a few other sources and try to confirm.

    Very observant, Thanks,

    Col.

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