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    Default Flt Sgt R H Dear 10 Dec 1941

    Hi, can anybody give me any details with regard to this airman. Serial No 570241. He died 10 Dec 1941 and is buried in a cemetry near to where I live. Many thanks

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    Andy

    Commonwealth War Graves Commission has him as a Flight Engineer from 120 Sqn, Aircraft was a Liberator on a transit flight from Nutts Corner Northern Ireland when it crashed. 120 Sqn was a coastal command squadron. All 5 crew members killed. Coastal Command Losses by Ross McNeill has the full details and I think Ross is the administrator on this forum.

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    Andy,

    'Flight Engineer, 120 Squadron. Consolidated Liberator AM926, OH-F. T/o Dyce, transit flight to Nutts Corner. Crashed at Tarmangie Hill.'

    http://www.oldhaltonians.co.uk/pages/rememb/ROH/D.htm

    Dave.

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    Using Geoff Sullivans Search engine, five names from 120 Squadron come up for that date:
    http://www.hut-six.co.uk/cgi-bin/search39-47.php

    001 BARTELL DJ 751348 120 SQDN 10/12/1941 ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE
    002 CLARK D 964456 120 SQDN 10/12/1941 ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE
    003 DEAR RH 570241 120 SQDN 10/12/1941 ROYAL AIR FORCE
    004 MAGSON RW 776060 120 SQDN 10/12/1941 ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE
    005 RAE JW 42885 120 SQDN 10/12/1941 ROYAL AIR FORCE

    Also confirmed from "Coastal Command Losses of the Second World War 39-41"
    Dennis Burke
    - Dublin

    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
    www.ww2irishaviation.com

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    RAF Liberator Squadrons website shows a slightly different location description:
    Serial Number: AM926
    Aircraft Mk & Type Mk I Liberator
    Squadrons: 120
    Details: Flew into hill in cloud on ferry flight, Dyce-Nutts Corner, Ochil Hills, near Alva, Clackmannan, 10.12.41

    Seems a very small crew, even for a transit flight, but can't find any more casualties. Were there survivors?

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