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    Default 1432831 Sgt. Harold Raymond Taylor.

    I would be interested to know the circumstances of the death of the above named airman. He died on the 15th February 1944 and is buried in his home town. He was serving with 407 RCAF Squadron at the time of his death. His headstone, non Commonwealth, records him as being killed in action.

    Any information or advice would be most gratefully received.

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    Kevin

    I have an entry that Wellington XIV HF142 of 407S crashed on take off at Limavady on this day, but I have no note of casualties.

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    Thanks for that Dave. Duly noted. No mention of any other 407 Squadron fatalities on Geoff Sullivan's search engine either.

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    Gents,

    Confirmed HF142 (Stalled on takeoff on 14th).

    The crew list of casualties was

    P/O R H Matthews RCAF
    Sgt J Moakes
    Sgt H R Taylor
    Sgt H Westell

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    There is also Sgt Harper Westell 1433947, buried in UK.

    Also Ronald H Matthews J/90023 RCAF buried in Drumachose, Co. Derry.


    All listed as 407 Squadron for that date. Three men at least (found from Geoff's engine).

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    Following Ross's above, Moakes is dated 14th on CWGC.
    All are listed as Killed on active service by the RAF casualty list, No. 382, Flight magazine May 11th 1944.
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    Gentlemen.

    Thank you one and all. The power of the internet, and the knowledge base of the people who use it (and their willingness to help) never ceases to amaze me.

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    From an earlier post in this Forum, also killed in this crash was the pilot, Lt. D.B. Bleser, USAAF. The aircraft has been reported as coded "C1-H", but I'm not sure if it carried this at the time of the crash.
    Last edited by Bill Walker; 26th October 2010 at 15:35. Reason: corrected spelling of Bleser

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    A 1970 Wisconsin newspaper records that his mother Mrytle Bleser barrie had willed the family home to the local legion outpost in memory of her son who was "killed in a plane crash in Ireland".

    Bill, was the old post on this forum? Can't find it.
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    Hmmm ... I can't find it either. Must be an error in my notes. Also checked TOCH, can't find Bleser there either. Sorry Dennis, this one is "source unknown" at present. Possibly from a 407 Squadron history, I borrowed this book several years ago, don't have a copy now.

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    Default Len Taylor

    I am the nephew of Sgt Harold Taylor. I am trying to contact Keivin Mears in response to his request for information as I have a small case of personal effects of my uncles. I have not been on this website before but I can be contacted on my email address at lent1949@yahoo.co.uk. If anyone views this I would be grateful if they could bring it to Mr Mears attention. Thanking all in advance
    Last edited by lent1949; 12th January 2012 at 21:20.

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