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    Hello ,

    Who can help me with info on the following crash:
    13/10/1945
    206Sqn
    F/O Freckllton John Dolphin ( KIA ) 154708 pilot
    F/O Connor Bernhard ( KIA ) 153904 navigator
    F/O Alderton Harry Thomas Walter ( KIA ) 196153
    F/L Green Peter ( KIA ) 132597 pilot
    F/S Nightall Dennis George ( KIA ) 1869611 engineer
    S/L Rivaz Richard Charles ( KIA ) 78999
    Buried Evere Belgium

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    Hi Alain

    From, 'Naught Escapes Us':

    A.
    As always, adverse weather conditions in tropical regions might pose a sudden and unexpected threat, but hazards could also arise nearer home for fully-loaded aircraft on runways barely adequate for the task, as was experienced by Flying Officer Peter Green and his crew on 13 October in KL595 when their Liberator crashed on take-off at Melsbroek killing the entire crew and the 26 passengers on board. The crew included Flying Officer B Connor (navigator), Flight Sergeant G Nightall (Flt Eng), Flying Officer J D Freckleton (2nd pilot) and Flying Officer H T W Alderton (wireless operator). One RAF officer, Squadron Leader R C Rivaz, was numbered among the passengers* and the remainder consisted of Army personnel. Squadron Leader David Beaty had been concerned about the situation at Melsbroek for some time and had warned the authorities about the 1,850-yard long runway, too short for Liberators, and the lack of weight restrictions on aircraft, but to no avail**.

    * Sqn Ldr Rivaz had served in the crew of Plt Off Leonard Cheshire (later Gp Capt., VC) in 102 Sqn in the early part of the war.
    **
    Betty Beaty: 'Winged Life' pp.117-18.

    B.

    APPENDIX IV - EQUIPMENT.

    Consolidated Liberator Mark VI

    KL595 - Sank back on t/o & crashed & burst into flames. Melsbroek 13.10.45. Damaged beyond repair (DBR).

    See:
    Naught Escapes Us:The Story of No.206 Squadron Royal Air Force.
    Gunn,Peter B.
    n.p.:The 206 Squadron Assoc.,2004.
    A. p.98
    B. p.214

    Col.
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    Thanks a lot Col

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    Hello friends,
    I've - besides the crew of six - 25 passengers (in alphabetical order):
    R.G. ASHTON * W.G. BAYFIELD * G.H. BOWYER * L.J. BRANNON * F.J.E. COOPER * P.B. CROSBY * S. CROUCH * C.H. ELLIS * E.J. ELLIS * J. ETHERIDGE * C.J. EVANS * R. EVANS * B. FANNON * T. FLEMING * T.H. FORSYTHE * A. GARNER * G. GIBSON * A.H. HUBBLE * W.J.K. KEELEY * K. MANN * D. MOORE * C.M. OLD * R.W. PLUCK * R. PRITCHARD * G.J. WITHERS.
    Who is missing in my files ?
    Regards,
    Henk.

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    Henk,

    There were five crew on Liberator KL595. S/L R C RIVAZ DFC, was a passenger.

    Col.
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    Thanks Col. File amended.

    Henk.

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    Rivaz wrote the book TAIL GUNNER, published by Jarrold's, undated but about 1942. It was reprinted in 1998.
    Ian Macdonald

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    Hello gentleman ,

    Thanks once more for your help

    Alain12

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    Alain:
    206 ORB notes this trooping flight was Oakington to (RAF) Castel Benito (Libya). Take-off at Oakington was at 12:30 while the accident at Melsbroek occurred at 20:51.
    I would assume from other entries and 206's role at the time that the aircraft was actually bound for India although the ORB doesn't actually say so.
    As Col quotes, the co-pilot was Flying Officer J D FrecklEton, a typo at your end, perhaps.
    Regards:
    Robert
    Last edited by robstitt; 1st March 2010 at 23:55.

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