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    Hello,

    Having some trouble positively identifying a crash location. No.36 Sqn Wellington XIV HF296, crashed in Algeria on 4-3-1944. Could someone with a copy of the HA100 to HZ999 AB Volume, please tell what it has to say about the crash location of HF296?

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    Col.

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    Col,

    Wellington XIV HF296
    303 FTU/ 3OADU/36
    Crashed in low cloud near Blida, 4.3.44

    Errol

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    Hi Errol,

    I'm much in your debt.

    I have three locations mentioned in various references, all seem to be on the outskirts of Blida. I think I'll settle for, "near Blida".

    Thanks once again.

    Col.

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    Col,
    I've as a location Joinville what's believed to be near Blida and crash due to bad weather conditions home bound from convoy patrol.
    Regards,
    Henk.

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    Henk,

    Joinville is one of the three locations I was talking about.

    Flying Officer Stannard was killed in North Africa on Saturday March 4th, 1944. Malcolm (Roby), recalls: "We were waiting for a Wellington to return. A low mist came down. When the plane came, it was so low we dropped to the ground. Then we heard the plane hitting the trees, finally hitting a building at Joinville, just behind the base hospital. Flying Officer Stannard was only 21 years old, and had just married a nurse from this base. They were a popular crew with us from the start and badly missed."

    http://www.angelfire.com/ms/36sqn/India.htm

    One of the other locations was a place called; Bonyar/Bonyai, which I can't locate.

    Stannard had been involved in the ditching of No.36 Sqn Wellington IC HE120, in the Bay of Bengal on 28/29-3-1943.

    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?t=9456

    The crew of No.36 Sqn Wellington XIV HF296, were:

    122246 F/O (Capt/Pilot) Eric Raymond STANNARD RAFVR +
    J/85433 P/O (2nd Pilot) John Michael QUINLAN RCAF +
    AUS426195 F/Sgt (Nav./B) Alfred George WILSON RAAF +
    1116919 Sgt (W.Op./Air Gnr.) James SCHOOLBREAD RAFVR +
    1289025 Sgt (W.Op./Air Gnr.) Charles Frederick DAVY RAFVR +
    1174509 F/Sgt (Air Gnr.) George Kenneth KIRK RAFVR +

    All buried Dely Ibrahim Cemetery, Algeria.

    Col.
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    Default Charles Frederick Davy W.Op/Gunner

    My husband's grandfather was killed in this accident. His son was just 4 years old at the time and as such knows very little about his father. I'm on a mission to find out what I can. If anyone has any photos of this crew or of their time in Algiers with the 36 Sqn we'd love to learn more.

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