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    I'm trying to find some information about John Charles Hobby and particularly the circumstances of his death. I have nothing more than what is on cwg namely Date of Death 10/02/45 Buried Coriano Ridge War cemetery 454 squadron.

    I think this was an Australian squadron to which he was presumably attached.

    Any help welcome


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    Hugh,
    Not a lot known. Enlisted (1603863) between Apr - Oct 41 (location not known). Commissioned RAFVR GD Branch P/Plt Off (159407) from LAC 20 Nov 43. Promoted Fg Off 20 May 44.
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    Hi Hugh,

    From Alamein to the Alps:

    Eventually all crews got night circuits, night cross country and night gunnery practice in. Despite the care taken during the night conversion, the training was not without loss. just before midnight on 10 February (1945), Flying Officer Jack Hobby*, flying solo in (Baltimore) FW845:T, crashed into a lake just after take-off, about two miles north of the aerodrome (Cesenatico). He was seen to be turning to port when he just flew into the ground. He was killed instantly, the inquiry found no obvious cause and putting it down to inexperience.

    * + Flg Off John Charles 'Jack' Hobby, RAFVR Pilot No.159407. 454 Sqn - 21 Dec 44 - 10 Feb 45. KIAA 10 Feb 45. Aged 21. Buried: Coriano Ridge War Cemetery XVI, E, 2, Italy.

    See:
    Alamein to the Alps:454 Squadron RAAF 1941 - 1945
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    Wanniassa:Author,2008
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    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 15th August 2010 at 09:55.

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    Thank you both

    Hugh

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