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    Default 42475 S/l E.r.m.appleton.

    Seeking information relating to the death of 42475 S/L Edward Robert Myddleton APPLETON RAF.

    S/L Appleton, of 422 Sqn RCAF, is listed on the CWGC with a date of death as, 31-8-1943. Flight July 15, 1943, has him as a F/Lt, Wounded or Injured in Action. In Flight Nov 11, 1943, he is mentioned as; A/S/L, Killed on Active Service.

    Can someone tell me what caused the death of S/L Appleton?

    Col.

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    Col,

    E R M Appleton's death was registered in Norwich Outer.

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    Martyn

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    Col,
    He was as a Pilot/Obs.-instructor attached to 422 NLS (Night Leaflet Squadron USAAF) and on board of B-17F 42-5376 coded JJ-X ("Eager Eagle") of 305 BG - 422 BS, Chelveston, Northamptonshire. Collided with Beaufighter V8715 Church Farm, Foulsham, Norfolk, 23.30h.
    CWGC being 422 RAF Sqn incorrect.
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    Henk.

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    A long thread on the Armyairforces forum about this crash.
    http://forum.armyairforces.com/tm.aspx?high=&m=155036&mpage=1#169198

    Who wants to try explain that to the CWGC?
    Dennis Burke
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    Quote Originally Posted by dennis_burke View Post
    Who wants to try explain that to the CWGC?
    Go on Dennis you know you want to..... :-)

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    Henk (& Co.),

    Appleton received severe burns when !6 OTU Hampden I P1251 crashed on 7-5-1940.

    The crew were:

    37587 S/L George Harcus SHEEHAN* RAF - Injured (Australian - + 24/25-8-1942 - No.61 Sqn - BCL3/189)
    516888 Sgt R P STILWELL - Injured
    42475 P/O Edward Robert Myddleton APPLETON RAF - Severe burns
    LAC BROWNE - Injured
    AC1 CLARKE - Injured

    * Often, incorrectly referred to as - SHEENAN.

    See: BCL7/14

    Completely lost trace of Appleton after this incident. Certainly couldn't connect him with any known 422 Sqn RCAF loss.

    Thanks,

    Col.
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    Gentlemen,

    There was some unfinished business in regard to Appleton. I mentioned that there was an entry in Flight July 15, 1943, listing him as a F/Lt - Wounded or Injured in Action.

    With a clue from Army Air Forces that he was detached to Chelveston from Mepal (Base of No.75 Sqn from 28-6-43), I was able to locate the following:

    12-13 May 1943
    75 Sqn
    Stirling III BK721:AA-Z
    Op: Duisburg

    T/o 0037 Newmarket but crashed after the starboard inner engine failed, causing the Stirling to clip Devil's Dyke coming down SW of the airfield. F/L Appleton recovered from his injuries, only to lose his life on 31 August 1943 while flying in an American B-17 Fortress. The three RNZAF airmen are buried (in) Newmarket Cemetery.

    F/L E R M Appleton Inj.
    Sgt R F Harvey RNZAF +
    Sgt J S Andrews +
    F/O J Johnston RNZAF +
    P/O S J Clubb RNZAF +
    F/S S G Cocks RNZAF Inj.
    Sgt B A R Moore +
    Sgt J Wykes +

    See: BCL4/141

    Col.

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    Default USAAF Crash report

    I got the USAAF Form 14 crash report today, I can email it on to anyone interested.

    The narrative reads:

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    1. B-17F Aircraft, Serial No. 42-5376, with 1st Lt Floyd H. Truesdell as pilot was on a routine night training flight from AAF Station 105 to AAF Station 105. The flight plan called for an altitude of 7000 feet. The right waist gunner S/Sgt John E. Breen said that the last report he had heard over the interphone before the collision was 7200 feet. The flight plan route was over Foulsham. At approximately 2330, 31 August 1943, a Royal Air Force Baufighter collided with B-17F Aircraft, Serial No. 42-5376. The Beaufghter was evidently in a steep bank to the right hitting the B-17 between the No. 3 and No. 4 engines from the front. The force of the collision split the Beaufighter in half and severed the right wing of the B-17F. The two waist gunners, S/S John E. breen and Sgt Carl G Ruehl, both parachuted to safety. The B-17F crashed into a farm building on the Parish Church Farm on the south edge of the town of Foulsham, Norfolk County, England, killing 9 other crew members including F/lt E. M. Appleton, an RAF Pilot on Detached Service with the 305th Bombardment Group from Royal Air Force No. 3 Group, riding as Observer. There were no civilian casualties.

    2. The farm building was partially demolished, killing five (5) bullocks.

    3. CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS. both aircraft were flying without navigation lights as they were above 5000 feet and there was a Red Air Raid alert on at that time. The accident was unavoidable.

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    Dennis Burke
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    Dennis that form might convince cwgc to re-classify the unit

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    This is the entry from the 75 Squadron listing of personnel.

    APPLETON, Fight Lieutenant (Squadron Leader) Edward Robert Myddleton, MiD, RAF (& crew).
    42475 Pilot 75 Sqn 16 April to 17 May 1943. Crew members were:- N) F/O J Johnston; AB) P/O S J Clubb; WOp) F/Sgt S G Cocks; FE) Sgt J S Andrews; MUG) Sgt B A R Moore; RG) Sgt J Wykes. Whilst flying his first op with Sqn as 2P to P/O P J O Buck on 26th April 1943, attacked by a night-fighter during a raid on Duisburg and crash-landed at base. On ops with own crew from 27/4/43 (with Sgt E F Harvey as 2P 4/5, 12-13/5/43). Appointed to acting rank of S/L w.e.f. 7/5/43. As Captain of aircraft, crashed on take-off 13 May 1943 for a raid on Duisburg and seriously injured. With the exception of Appleton and Cocks, who were injured, all crew members lost their lives in this crash. Posted to N/E strength Base HQ Mildenhall 17/5/43. Died Tuesday 31 August 1943, accident in a USAAF B-17 aircraft; buried Liverpool (Ford) Roman Catholic Cemetery, Liverpool, United Kingdom.

    Hope this is of some interest.

    David D

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