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    13-1-45 RAF Wickenby Bomb Dump explosion

    3 Armourers killed ? Trying to find out who the casualties were. The following three men died 13.1.45 listed as died Welton (nr Wickenby) all listed as Died on Active Service :-

    548549 Sgt Sidney B KERLEY
    622338 Sgt John ALEXANDER
    1197198 LAC Cyril R SMITH

    Also listed as DOAS 13-1-45 1075271 LAC Francis TRAYNOR 14 Base Wickenby commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial

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    Mark,
    Welton, Lincs, much closer to Scampton than to Wickenby/Faldingworth?
    Peter Davies
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    I've LAC TRAYNOR missing on Catalina JX423 of 302 FTU; could perhaps be confirmed by Ragnar.
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    I don't think Traynor was on the Catalina. Flight list that crew as Missing (24.5.45)Traynor and the others are listed as Died on Active Service (5.45) I know most of the men listed on the Runnymede Memorial were mainly first listed as missing, but it appears with Traynor they knew he was died. His unit listing comes from him being on the RAF Overseas War Deaths list 1939-1948. Which also lists men killed in the UK when no body was found, lost at sea, in the Blitz etc.

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    Hi All

    At least one of the airman killed at North Coates on 22 Jan 1942 when a 407 Sqn Hudson crashed into the watch office is listed on Runnymede whilst his death is also registered at Louth.

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    Sorry Henk, I don't have the names of those lost on that flight.

    Ragnar

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    For those who are interested, the Wickenby ORB states that:

    "13.1.45 - 1808 hrs – An explosion was heard from the direction of the bomb dump. Investigations proved that a fusing shed in the bomb dump had blown up unfortunately killing four (sic) of the armoury personnel. Long delay 500lb bombs had been dispersed by the explosion and the Bomb Disposal authorities had been informed accordingly.

    Ambulance requested by flying control to proceed to Station Bomb Dump where there had been an explosion. On arrival it was ordered back to SSQ. The area being unsafe.

    14.1.45 – The bodies of SGT. ALEXANDER, SGT. KERLEY and LAC SMITH 198 recovered from Bomb Dump and placed in Station Sick Quarters Mortuary DEATH due to multiple injuries.”
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    Thanks Jonny for info on this bomb dump incident; much appreciated.
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    Did we ever get to the bottom of how 1075271 LAC Traynor died chaps?
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    Please disregard my last. It does appear that LAC Traynor was the fourth man killed in the explosion at Wickenby. His nephew has posted here:

    http://www.626-squadron.co.uk/groundcrew.htm

    It is also worthy of note, but slightly grisly, that the ORB mentions the Station MO being called to the bomb dump in March 1945 to remove a spine and partial hip from an unidentified body.
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