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    Default Long Newnton January 1945

    I have come across a newspaper report relating to a fatal accident at this base which occured on 8 (if that was a Monday) January 1945. The circumstances were;

    On Monday night an aeroplane crashed into Newnton Priory, Long Newnton, the residence being destroyed in the resulting fire.
    Mrs. Pitman and other occupants of the Priory escaped injury, but two aircrew lost their lives in the crash.
    It is assumed that the aircraft was feeling its way in a sudden snowstorm which was raging at the time.

    None of the books on airfields I have seen mentions this. Can anyone provide the details?

    Charles

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    Hello Charles,

    I'm not sure if this is the incident you refer to, and I don't have full details. Hopefully someone can add to/correct the following:

    8-1-1945
    No.15 (Pilots) Advanced Flying Unit.
    Oxford I PG986

    AUS429316 F/Sgt Harry Phillip FORSTER RAAF +
    AUS429207 F/Sgt Frank HUTCHINSON RAAF +
    1898112 Sgt (W.Op.) Francis LEWIS RAFVR +

    Anyone with a history of Oxford I PG986?

    Col.
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    The A-B Oxford File confirms this. PG986 "hit house in Long Newnton circuit during snowstorm"

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    Hi Dave,

    Two birds with the one stone!

    You cleared up a little problem that I had, and also helped Charles.

    Bravo!

    Incidentally Charles, 8th January, 1945, was a Monday.

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 5th May 2010 at 13:21.

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    Cheers Col

    Glad to help you both! Was very easy really, just lifted book off shelf!

    Dave

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    Thanks so much both of you - clearly my library isn't big enough!

    Charles

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    The library is never big enough!!!! So many books and not enough money (or space in my case to store them...). These guys will explain which ones are good value but I get a lot of mine from www.alibris.co.uk, www.abebooks.com and www.amazon.co.uk secondhand!

    I am adding Errol (the legendary) Martyn's new book to mine as soon as it gets flown all the way from NZ....

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