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    Default Wellington BK345 14 April 1943

    Hi People,

    I'm away from my reference library at the moment.

    Would some kind soul look up Chorley and transcribe the detail for this loss from No.15 OTU.

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    Ross
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    Hi Ross,

    Is this what you want?

    F/S CC Povey (inj)
    F/O J S Messent +
    P/O J. Loughram inj
    Sgt. B. S. Burch inj
    Sgt. R. T Chin inj
    Sgt O. J. Davies inj

    T/o Harwell for night circuit training, the screened pilot (F/S Povey) demonstrating single engined proceedures. Ten minutes later , with F/O messent at the controls, the bomber side slipped, while banking, and crashed at Churn Hill on the SSW side of Blewbury, some 5 miles SW of Wallingford, Berkshire. F/O Messent was cremated at West Norwood crematorium, Lambeth. After recovering from their injuries, the last four named eventually arrived at Tempsford, in Bedfordshire, joining 138 Squadron. On 19-20 September 1943, they were part of a Halifax crew tasked for an SOE mission (Parsnip 7 Lettuce 12) over Holland. Sadly they failed to return (see BCL v. 4 pg 323) though in course of time P/O Loughram and Sgt. Davies were reported as POWs.

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    Cheers Russ,

    Just what I wanted.

    Messent seems to have been promoted to F/O quite quickly in the general scheme.

    Loughran promotion sequence pre PoW corresponds to most of his service number companions. Loughran returned to the peace time RAF and continued to fly B-29 Washington aircraft from Marham and ferried return aircraft to the US when the Washington was replaced with the Canberra.

    Cyril Charles Povey was commissioned in March 1944 and remained in the RAF to the 1960s gaining a DFC and OBE and survived a Vampire crash in May of 1956 by means of a Martin Baker seat.

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