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    Dear All,

    Can anyone confirm that McCARTHY, James John 1243376 B.E.M. was lost on the 15.08.43 in Martinet JN294 of No.61 O.T.U.. The aircraft crashed into the sea off Prestatyn beach following an engine failure.

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    Tim

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    From the 61 OTU ORB

    August 15th 1943, “One fatal accident today, involving Martinet JN294 piloted by Sergeant Hansford H.M. passenger No.1243376 AC1 McCarthy J.J. drogue tower. Both killed aircraft came down to drop drogue in normal way at about 800 feet, when engine cut, aircraft lost flying speed and crashed into sea.”

    I've checked the original and it really does say drogue tower.
    Alan Clark

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    Tim, Here is the citation for McCarthy's BEM:
    CENTRAL CHANCERY OF THE ORDERS OF KNIGHTHOOD.
    St. James's. Palace, S.W. 1, 1st December, 1942.
    The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the award of the British Empire Medal (Military Division) to the undermentioned:
    1243376 Aircraftman 1st Class James John McCarthy, Royal Air Force.
    One day in March, 1942, a Master aircraft crashed on an aerodrome and immediately burst into flames. With only his tunic over his head to act as a protection, Aircraftman McCarthy dashed into the flames in an effort to rescue the pilot but was forced to withdraw when his tunic caught fire. He then seized a fireman's asbestos headpiece and made a second attempt to effect a rescue. Showing complete disregard of the flames which enveloped the unprotected part of his body, and ignoring the danger which would arise if the petrol tanks exploded, he succeeded in extricating the unconscious pilot from the cockpit of the fiercely burning wreckage. Throughout Aircraftman McCarthy showed -great courage and determination. Unfortunately the pilot died two days later.
    Second Supplement (LG 35804 dated 1 Dec 42) to LG dated 27 Nov 42
    Regards, Terry

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    Alclark / Terry,

    Thanks for the confirmation and additional information, the Master incident sounds intriguing do you have a note of the Master serial by any chance?

    Kind regards,

    Tim

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    Possibly N9017 at Montrose ion the 23 (8 FTS) killing Newland PFE.
    Or N7996 at Ternhill on 17 (5 FTS), no data on casualties
    Or T8504 on 8 at Heston (61 OTU) , ditto

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    N9017 was the last item recorded by 8 FTS before becoming 2 FIS, the ORB records it as spun into the ground being instantly fatal for Newland, kind of counts that one out.

    I don't have anything for the 5 FTS accident either but the last one, given the obvious unit connection is the one I would be looking into for any possible connection. But I have items from August 41 and May 42 from the 61 OTU ORB which if memory serves me correctly, there wasn't anything crash related in the intervening period.
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    Davew & alclark,

    Thanks for the leads on the Master will order copies of accident card and advise.

    Kind regards,

    Tim

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    Other Master a/c lost March 1942:
    W8525 - 11-3-1942 - 60 OTU - W.J.A. Nelson - safe;
    DK873 - 14-3-1942 - 17 (P)AFU - B.S. WILDER (RNZAF) - sole occupant +;
    DK865 - 16-3-1942 - 17 (P)AFU - P. HOLMES (RNZAF) - sole occupant +;
    DK973 - 28-3-1942 - RAFC - Lt J.D. LINAKER (Royal Artillery) +;
    N7558 - 28-3-1942 - 55 OTU - J.A.E. SHARP + & A.A. DODD DoW, and
    W8640 - 28-3-1942 - 57 OTU - R.L. YORK +.
    Regards,
    Henk.

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