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    Default 1873490 - Sgt Leslie E. Edwards - 6-7-1943

    Sgt Leslie E. EDWARDS - 1873490 - died of wounds or injuries received on active service 6-7-1943 and lies buried in the St.John the Baptist Churchyard at Alderton, Norfolk. As far as I know was he assigned to 1660 HCU, Swinderby, flying Lancasters.
    Chorley in his Vol. 8 (HCU and Miscellaneous Units 1939-1947) has on page 53 the loss of:
    Lancaster I - 1660 HCU - R5736 - t/o Swinderby for a cross-country 6-7-1943. While flying in very marginal weather, smashed into the side of a hill near Llangernyw, 12 miles WNW of Denbigh. Chorley lists following fatal casualties:
    P/O (Pilot) Edward A. ORCHARD - 148698;
    F/Sgt (Flt Eng) Brian A. COOK - 940791;
    Sgt (Nav) Charles P. LUCAS - 1431954;
    Sgt (Bombaimer) Robert E. SADLER - 1288558;
    Sgt (WOp/Ag) Richard W. DIPPLE - 1384309, and
    Sgt (Airgunner) William C. WILLIAMS - 1410983.
    Is it possible that Sgt EDWARDS was also on Lancaster R5736 ?
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    Henk.

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    Hi Henk
    I have a Leslie E Edwards,20, registered at Derby,Derbyshire which would seem to rule out a connection with a crash in N Wales.There are places like Chester and Cosford which are much closer to N Wales for medical treatment and Denbighshire would have such facilities available as well.
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    Henk,

    1873490 Sgt Leslie Edward EDWARDS is listed by Bill Chorley as a member of 27 OTU (BCL9/192).

    Wellington III BJ713, of No.27 OTU, crashed on take-off at Church Broughton (Derbyshire), on 6-7-1943. BCL7/232 lists only three crew as injured, so there were possibly more onboard. I have checked the files of the two RAAF airmen; AUS401542 F/Lt L J SIMPSON and AUS410122 P/O W N T RUSSELL, but can find no mention of a casualty signal relating to 6-7-1943, in what is available.

    Edward's death being registered in Derby, suggests he may have been involved in the crash of BJ713.

    There is also a possibilty that Edwards was injured in the crash of No.27 OTU Wellington BK453, at Church Broughton on 27-6-1943 (BCL7/230). Once again, no solid information.

    Chris Pointon might be able to help on this one.

    Col.
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    The No.27 OTU ORB supplies the answer to this one.

    July 6th 1943, “Flying accident to Wellington III BJ713, of No.27 O.T.U. at Church Broughton. Screened pilot – Flight Lieutenant L.J. Simpson. Pupil pilot – Pilot Officer W.N.T. Russell. Sergeant W.E. Edwards, Rear Gunner killed. Pilot Officer G.E. Heath, torn muscle in leg. No injuries to rest of crew. Starboard engine cut on take off. Cat E. (burnt)”
    Alan Clark

    Peak District Air Accident Research

    http://www.peakdistrictaircrashes.co.uk/

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    Alan,

    Information handy for my files, as well as Henk's.

    Thanks.

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 10th December 2010 at 03:02.

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    Gents,
    There is an addendum in Chorley's Vol. 7 on page 372 where mentioned:
    Full details of the crew are: F/Lt L.J. Simpson (RAAF) - P/O W.N.T. Russell (RAAF) - P/O C.E. Neath - P/O Sigmont - F/Sgt Davies - Sgt Hall - Sgt Purcell - Sgt L.E. Edwards.
    Sgt Edwards was critically injured and he died soon after the crash. Aged twenty, he is the sole service burial from the Second World War in Alderford (St.John The Baptist) Churchyard, Norfolk.
    Regards,
    Henk.

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