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    Default WILSON J.G. NZ420757(?) 650 Sqn Martinet JN554 21.08.44

    Hello All,

    Can anyone confirm if WILSON J.G. NZ420757(?) was lost on Martinet JN554 of 650 Sqn at Middleton Sands, Lancs on the 21.08.44. The 1180 appears to indicate the Wilson was lost, with the TTO suffering injuries, however I cannot find any confirmation of this.

    Any help or details would be appreciated.

    Kind regards,

    Tim

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    Erol Martyn confirms details apart from injured 21/8/44 died 23/8/44.

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    John,

    Thank you for your response it is appreciated, does Errol Martyn confirm details on the TTO?

    Kind regards,

    Tim

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    Tim,

    From my 'For Your Tomorrow - A record of New Zealanders who have died while serving with the RNZAF and Allied Air Services since 1915 (Volume Two: Fates 1943-1998)' [note service number and middle initial]:

    Mon 21 Aug 1944
    ALLIED EXPEDITIONARY AIR FORCE

    Target towing for Army Co-operation exercise
    650 Squadron, RAF (Cark, Lancashire - 70 Group)
    Martinet TT.I JN554 - took off at about 1505, dropping the drogue after the exercise and making a circuit out over the sea before flying low over the firing camp at Middleton Sands, 5 miles SW of Lancaster. Caught a wingtip on the sand when banking to port, cartwheeled, crashed and caught fire, at 1647. Both crew were seriously injured, the pilot dying at Morecambe’s RAF Hospital two days later. He is buried in the Morecambe and Heysham Cemetery at Torrisholme.
    Pilot: NZ425967 Flt Sgt John Charles WILSON, RNZAF - Age 24. 289hrs (7 solo on Martinet)

    The other crew member was 945436 Flt Sgt C W Harris, who was 'very seriously injured [and] a fully trained air gunner'.

    Errol

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    Errol,

    Thank you for your full response it is certainly appreciated.

    Kind regards,

    Tim

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