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    I have Brand & MacAskill both commemorated by CWGC as 953 Balloon Sqdn. which would suggest an accident or incident or possibly natural causes and just coincidence.

    Tony

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    Tony,
    Both killed during air raid on Cardiff - alert 0230 - all clear 0400 hrs.
    Henk.

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    Hi Henk,

    From the F1180

    Tiger Moth II - N9189
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    Tiger Moth - T7777
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    Mason

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    Quote Originally Posted by Henk Welting View Post
    Tony,
    Both killed during air raid on Cardiff - alert 0230 - all clear 0400 hrs.
    Henk.
    18TH MAY 1943
    02.41 TO 03.35 Enemy aircraft attacked at varying heights from 1000 to 10000 feet dropping flares, incendiary bombs and high explosive bombs. At approximately 03.10 hours site 53/18 received a direct hit from a High Explosive bomb, which killed three W.A.A.F. balloon operators: Mary McAskell, Betty Stannard and Paddy Brand and wounded four others. Terry David, Cpl Lilian Ellis, Marjorie Oates and Betty Reynolds. These were the first war casualties sustained by the Squadron

    20TH MAY 1943
    The remains of three casualties, left for their respective homes. Each coffin accompanied bya W.A.A.F. Officer and N.C.O.

    Peter Garwood www.bbrclub.org

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    Peter

    Most grateful, thank you

    Tony

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    Default WAF DeathS

    I found this information in the ORB of the Squadron.
    These were the fits casualties and it had quite an impact on the Squadron.

    http://i392.photobucket.com/albums/pp8/Ghostwhisperer_01/MacAskill524.jpg

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    Thanks Peter

    I did have that photo. With so many Scottish lasses in my records I keep an eye on SWMP & SWGP, but thanks for your interest.

    Tony

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