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    Thanks Ross. JONES was in my files. He crashed at Fergus Hill near Kirklington on Beaufighter T5158 - not 5818 (engine cut after take-off from Crosby).
    Both TULLY and LANGLANDS were in my files; they crashed 3 miles E of Brampton airfield 1335 hrs. Deaths registered Borders. Info thanks to Errol Martyns 'For Your Tomorrow', vol.2 page 71).
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    Hi Henk,

    Sgt Y Chardon FFAL and LAC Burrell both killed in crash of Master DK979.

    Unit listed as RAFC 17 SFTS in 1180.

    This matches the unit given by Lafont.

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    This crash is logged in the Malmesbury ARP log for 9 March 1943. The entry reads;

    Tiger Moth No T7919 aircraft wrecked at 13.00 hrs, 2 occupants seriously injured. RAF Kemble have been informed. Police guarding pending arrival of RAF. Plane belongs to Cliffe Pypiard RAF Station. Map Ref 449092 (Pondhill Charlton)

    Charles

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    Thanks Charles for info on Tiger Moth T7919; still looking for names of the the injured airmen.
    Thanks Ross for info on CHARDON and Master DK979. Chardon was in my files however without an aircraft serial. Now also could 'give a place' to LAC BURRELL.
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    Hi Henk,

    The F1180 for T5158 identifies the two pupils injured when P/O Jones was killed.

    P/O M J Thomas, 127152
    Sgt D R Cleasby 1352245

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    Further to the crash of Beaufighter T5158 at Fergus Hill, the Newcastle Journal of July 28th 1943 reported the following:

    NORTH MEN AMONGST HONOURS
    [awarded] the B.E.M. [is] A.C.1 Christian Gabriel Borrowdale Kapp, who was born at Gateshead.

    Aircraftman Kapp, who is 24, and lived in Stocksfield until he joined up three years ago, was on leave and the first to arrive on the scene when a Beaufighter crashed near his home in March this year.
    PILOT WAS TRAPPED
    The aircraft was on fire and the injured pilot was trapped in the wreckage of his harness. Despite the fire and consequent risk from exploding petrol tanks, Kapp persisted in rescue work until he succeeded in extricating the pilot, whose clothing had by then caught fire.
    Courage and initiative of a high order is the official description of Kapp’s actions.
    Kapp is the son of Mrs. Kapp, of Fergus Hill, Kirklinton, near Carlisle. His father was a doctor in Gateshead.
    Young Kapp studied at St. Bees and was afterwards under a tutor at Newcastle, intending to go in for the medical profession. When war broke out he joined the R.A.F.

    The London Gazette of July 27th 1943 has the following citation:

    1054476 Aircraftman 1st Class Christian Gabriel Borrowdale Kapp, Royal Air Force.
    In March, 1943, a Beaufighter crashed. Aircraftman Kapp, who was on leave, left his house and was the first to arrive at the scene. The aircraft was on fire and the pilot, who was injured, was trapped in the wreckage by his parachute harness. Despite the fire and consequent risk from exploding petrol tanks, Aircraftman Kapp heroically persisted until he succeeded in extricating the pilot, whose clothing had by then caught fire. He displayed courage and initiative of a high order.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ross_McNeill View Post
    Hi Henk,

    The F1180 for T5158 identifies the two pupils injured when P/O Jones was killed.

    P/O M J Thomas, 127152
    Sgt D R Cleasby 1352245

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    Hello,

    P/O M J Thomas 127152, actually; 127152 P/O Henry James THOMAS RAFVR (later DFC, 235 Sqn. LG:11-2-1944).

    Col.

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    Hello

    AC2 William J. GRIFFITHS - 1546629 - the Statutory Deaths Register on the Scotland's People website records that he died at 6.00 p.m. at Leanchoil Hospital, Forres, due to gangrenous appendicitis and peritonitis.

    Cpl Patrick W. SAUNDERS - 1055494- the National Probate Calendar records that he died at Tower House Emergency Military Hospital, Salisbury. His death was reported in the Evening Despatch of March 13th 1943:

    Birmingham R.A.F. driver killed
    The inquest was opened and adjourned at Salisbury on Corpl. Patrick Westaway Saunders, R.A.F., single, aged 29, of 3, King Edward Road, Moseley, Birmingham, who died in Salisbury hospital from injuries he received when the vehicle he was driving was in collision with another.
    Eleven occupants of the two vehicles were taken to hospital.


    LAC Francis H.G. TOON - 1105194 - not on Scotland's People.

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    Simon

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