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    Hello. Am inquiring on behalf of someone else who would like to know the circumstances of this airmans death:-

    Squadron Leader THOMAS GEORGE WESTLAKE
    89387, 290 Sqdn., Royal Air Force
    who died age 27
    on 15 April 1944

    He was serving in Northern Ireland at the time.
    Any help appreciated.

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    Hello Skyhawk,

    he has been mentioned a few times before on this and other forums:

    http://www.rafcommands.com/cgi-bin/dcforum/dcboard.cgi?az=show_thread&om=13675&forum=DCForumI D6&archive=yes

    http://www.ww2talk.com/forum/war-air/28051-290-squadron.html

    The suggestion was the crash of Airspeed Oxford BG601 off the coast on that day.

    If as suggested in the frst link above on the old forum, he was killed with F/O (Pilot) Gordon E. VANCE J/24133 Royal Canadian Air Force then it would be worth your while contacting the Canadian national Archvies and requesting an extract of his service file (Vance's) as it will contain details of the crash and confirm what happened.

    Their details can be obtained here.
    http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/databases/war-dead/001056-130-e.html?PHPSESSID=j73lu5n9hihlkgef4hpgnitrb5#e

    I'm sure there is a simplar link but I can't find it just now.
    Dennis Burke
    - Dublin

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

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    Hello and thanks very much Dennis.

    It was on the ww2talk forum i first read the request and i know a lot of people here are excellent with these requests. Ill pass on the information and give you a thanks.

    Best regards skyhawk.

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    "They Shall Grow Not Old" (Les Allison) mentions in his book on page 781 for P/O (Pilot) Gordon Elgin VANCE - J/24133, from Winnipeg, Manitoba: "Killed Apr.15/44, age 22. #290 Squadron. Oxford aircraft BG601 crashed in the sea two miles east of Copeland Island, Ireland, whilst carrying out dummy torpedo attacks on convoy escort. One of the crew, not Canadian, was also killed. P/O Vance is buried in the Church of Ireland Cemetery, Elgantine, County Down, Ireland.
    Regards,
    Henk.

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