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    I would be grateful for any information relating to the loss of this officer;

    Casualty Details
    Name: STEWART, DENNIS MAURICE
    Initials: D M
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Flying Officer (W.Op./Air Gnr.)
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    Unit Text: 280 Sqdn.
    Age: 29
    Date of Death: 13/11/1943
    Service No: 115344
    Additional information: Son of Bernard Terence John and Ida May Stewart; husband of Olive Mercia Stewart, of Branksome Park, Bournemouth, Hampshire.
    Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Sec. C. Row D. Grave 19.
    Cemetery: HARROGATE (STONEFALL) CEMETERY

    Many thanks,

    Nick
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    Hi Nick,

    Warwick BV336

    S/L E A Good RCAF
    P/O W W Coons RCAF
    F/O D M Stewart
    W/O H G Richardson
    F/Sgt D A Payton RCAF
    F/Sgt W V Crockett RCAF

    Took off for Air Sea Rescue Search from RAF Thonaby at 16:40 hrs

    Took off in company with two other Warwicks of the squadron for a search in the North Sea. On the return the aircraft flew into a hill in bad visibility at High Bridge Stones, Sleights Moor, 4 miles south west of Whitby, Yorkshire. Warwick S/280 flying at 2,000 feet reported a large fire on the hillside in the Smeaton Low Moor area. S/L Good rests in St. Martin Churchyard, Houghton, Norfolk, W/O Richardson in Tunbridge Wells Cemetery and the others in Stonefall Cemetery, Harrogate. Small pieces of this aircraft still lie at map reference NZ895045.

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    Ross

    Thank you for your quick response.

    Regards,

    Nick

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    Hi Nick/Ross,

    Here is an extract from an article that appeared in FlyPast, March, 1992, by ex-280 Sqn member, John Lewery.

    November 13 (1943, the anniversary of my release from prison camp*), would prove to be an eventful day. We were just leaving the mess after breakfast when a flak-damaged Mosquito appeared overhead coming in for an emergency landing, unhappily stalling on approach and going straight in, very nasty. AVM Sir Sholto Douglas inspected us later, expressing great interest in Tom Mullin (1st Lt Tom Mullin, ex-RAF transferred to USAAF, Lewery's pilot), with whom he chatted for quite a while, the inspection being followed by a crew photograph.

    Two crews were summoned to briefing in the afternoon for a trip to the Dutch coast, this being our first operation as a crew on the Warwick. While the call was for two aircraft, Canadian S/L Good, decided at the briefing to lead our aircraft and show us the ropes. The forecast was not very promising with thunderstorms and turbulence en route, but we eventually took off, setting course for Holland. We completed a square search at 500ft off the Dutch coast, nothing being sighted, base recalled us and we headed west at 1,000ft, darkness drawing on and in and out of heavy rain clouds. Landfall was made at Whitby and running up to the hills we ran into a terrific thunderstorm, a vivid flash of lightning was followed by blue flames streaming from our wingtips and gun barrels, plus the wireless equipment was shattered.

    At the same moment S/L Good's aircraft, seemingly out of control, dived into the hills, breaking up on impact, each part burning fiercely. Tom then shouted that we had lost all control of the Warwick (we seemed to be in a daze) and yelled, "Bale-out!". I swung the rear turret round, opened the doors and half way out realised that l had omitted to clamp on my chest 'chute - back to the fuselage to collect the 'chute (unlike the Wellington where the 'chute was stored in the turret). Clamping on l noticed that the aircraft now appeared to be flying level, a quick call to Tom confirmed that he had regained control, we circled the crash site and Tom said "Gee, every bit of that plane is burning".

    We soon routed our way back through the barrage balloons to land back at Thornaby and debriefing. A detachment of the emergency services and the Station Medical Officer went out to the crash site, returning later, somewhat shattered by the scene. It was all the more distressing, as of course in the first place S/L Good and crew were not obliged to fly, only going along to help us.

    See:
    Return to Flying.
    Lewery,John.
    FlyPast (No.128), March, 1992. pp.58-9.

    * Another story, see: Wellington 4 Ferry Crew 0. FlyPast August, 1988 pp.42-4. (Lewery's Wellington [N2814], had to ditch off the Algerian coast on 7-12-1941 - BLME1/106).

    NB. Lewery's memory is faulty in regards to the Mosquito loss he witnessed:

    11-11-1943
    No.8(C) OTU
    Mosquito FB.VI DZ459

    Crashed High Leven Farm, near Thornaby, while attempting a single engine landing.

    J/7617 F/Lt (Pilot) Alan John Farquhar SYMES RCAF +
    1433734 Sgt (Nav.) Edward LYON RAFVR +

    Col.
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    Hi Nick, I did give an account of events regarding the Warwick BV336 in my 2nd volume of `Hell On High Ground` Airlife/Crowood Press 1999. There is also some good information on Rich Allemby`s website with photos of the graves and the crash area:

    http://www.yorkshire-aircraft.co.uk/aircraft/planes/43/bv336.html

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    Dave

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    Col and Dave, thank you for the additional information.

    Nick

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