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    Default Accident on 5th July 1945

    Could anyone throw any light on an accident which happened on 5th July 1945 at or near Holme-on-Spalding Moor? The pilot(?) was Basil Douglas SPARK (Born 14th October 1920). Any info on him or the incident would be much appreciated.

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    Most likely Halifax VI RG651 of 78 Squadron ? Landed too far up the runway at HoSM , ran off the end and into a ditch having swung to avoid some workmen but the undercarriage collapsed .

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    Hugh, Hi,
    Yr man Enlisted (1292917) between Apr - May 1942. Commissioned (128904) from LAC 5 Sep 42 (presumably on completion of his flying training). Death Reg Howden, Yorks (Ref 9d 1). Buried Epsom (Sect N Grave 595) - home of wife and parents. A number of Sparks' still in BT London Residential Directory - you might get lucky?!!
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    Peter Davies
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    Hugh,

    The only write off at Holme on Spalding Moor on 5 July 1945 recorded in Cummings 'The Price of Peace' is:

    RG651 Halifax VI, 78 Sqn
    The aircraft was on a short ferry flight and its pilot landed too far up the runway. It ran off the end and the pilot then swung it to avoid some worken but the undercarriage collapsed.

    No crew names recorded. No deaths.

    Errol

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    Hugh

    Halifax VI RG651 was on a cross country flight to HoSM when it overshot on landing and ran into a ditch. The aircraft was flown by FO DF O'Sullivan, there were no injuries to the crew although the aircraft was declared E2.

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    Darren

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    Thanks to all

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