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Flight Lieutenant Charles Maurice HOWES (J/25977) of the Royal Canadian Air Force


Circumstances of Death: Lost in aircraft Halifax BIII MZ311
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Death of Death 1944-08-26 Age : 22 years.

Served in 78 Sqdn

Burial/Commemoration Details : 43. G. 1. at Brookwood Military Cemetery, United Kingdom (Map)

More Details: SON OF CHARLES AND BERTHA HOWES, OF FOLKESTONE; HUSBAND OF ROSEMARY HOWES.

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Aircraft Accident / Loss Entry

Date: 26 Aug 44 Aircraft: Halifax III MZ311 Unit 78 Sqdn Airfield /Crash Location , UK
DetailsTook off 2036 25 June 1944 from Breighton to lay mines off La Rochelle (Cinnamon Region). returning to base crashed into a quarry in thick cloud near Cheltenham Gloucestershire.
SourceHenk Welting's Database
Aircrew details
Recorded in CWGC
Rank Name, Number, Trade & Details DateUnit Country Cemetery/Memorial & Loc Ref
Flying OfficerElton Eugene FREEMAN (28223) Navigator Halifax BIII MZ311  IBCC 1944-08-2678 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomBrookwood Military Cemetery
Flying OfficerJohn Alexander GLENN (J/36021) Air Gunner Halifax BIII MZ311  IBCC 1944-08-2678 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomBrookwood Military Cemetery
Pilot OfficerHugh Brannan HAMILTON (J/89908) Air Gunner Halifax BIII MZ311  IBCC 1944-08-2678 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomBrookwood Military Cemetery
SergeantEmmanuel Henry HARRIS (1423759) Wireless Op Halifax BIII MZ311  IBCC 1944-08-2678 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomBlaenavon Cemetery
Flight LieutenantCharles Maurice HOWES (J/25977) Halifax BIII MZ311  IBCC 1944-08-2678 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomBrookwood Military Cemetery
Flight SergeantJohn McARDLE (1684019) Flight Engi Halifax BIII MZ311  IBCC 1944-08-2678 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomLiverpool (Allerton) Cemetery
Flying OfficerGeorge William McCARTNEY (J/28883) Air Bomber Halifax BIII MZ311  IBCC 1944-08-2678 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomBrookwood Military Cemetery

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78 SQN RAF Loss of Halifax III MZ311 on Cleeve Hill Gloucecstershire 26 AUG 44My first post. I know that there is a 78SQN expert (78SqnHistory Daz) Dont know how to address the post. Six aircraft took part in this minelaying operation off La Rochelle. Five returned to RAF Breighton but not MZ311 which impacted Cleeve Hill. All crew killed. Aircraft Captain FLTLT Charles Maurice Howes J 2597778. Is anything known of the crew's service on 78?I have their names, service number , country of origin and burial details. I would like just a little information to fill out their story a little if that is available. Very little is recorded locally on their loss and i am trying to rectify that. cris ....Read More.afterlift on 29th September 2020 04:43:04
78 SQN RAF Loss of Halifax III MZ311 on Cleeve Hill Gloucecstershire 26 AUG 44By Afterlift I have studied both the RAF Forms 765 (Report on Flying Accident or Forced Landing Not Attributable to Enemy Action) and 412 which is the Proceedings of Court of Inquiry or Investigation (the completed forms are under the name Charles Maurice Howes on Ancestry.com). I will summarise the forms without commenting on a couple of evident but irrelevant administrative anomalies and without speculating on cause. I thought it might help to establish a position regarding the RAF crash investigation and also a datum position of the crash location (TBC) Both record that MZ311 approached the aircraft’s crash position from the north and not from the south on its intended track to return to RAF Breighton. This means that the aircraft must have passed at least some distance over the high terrain in the vicinity of Cleeve Hill summit and to the north before turning left or right to assume a southerly track over Cleeve hill plateau toward its impact point. Much of the terrain around the crash position of MZ 311 is higher than the elevation of the assumed crash position indicating that the aircraft may have been descending immediately before impact. This may seem contrary to the paragraph 10 of both the Form 765 and 412 which conclude the aircraft was flying level at impact. I propose that the aircraft may have almost recovered to level flight after its descent. The report does not firmly conclude why the aircraft was heading in the southerly direction and at very low altitude. A full post-crash technical inspection of the aircraft appears not to have been completed. The assessment at Paragraph 10 of Form 765 is that at least three of the four engines appeared to be “running normally” though this conclusion apparently was not drawn from a detailed inspection of the engines and propellers. Paragraph 8 of the Form 412 recorded flight controls “appeared normal”. Paragraph 10 of Form 412 records (on 10SEP44) the conclusions that at the time of the crash (given as 0214) the aircraft was serviceable and had sufficient fuel and from the Navigator’s log was heading for Pershore aerodrome. Though no intent to land at Pershore was recorded and it is likely to have been an intermediate point on the track to RAF Breighton. (Pershore is approximately 15 miles to the north of the crash position). The Form 412 records that because Pershore was covered in cloud “they seem to have been doing an erratic descent and crashed into high ground”. Paragraph 10 of Form 765 recorded that according to his log the Navigator “seemed to know his position.” On 30SEP44 Air Commodore H.V. Slatterly, Base Commander recorded his assessment in Form 412 that it was “most unlikely” the aircraft was attempting to penetrate cloud without some reason which “may have been engine failure”. Though he concluded the absence of a distress signal made this possibility “seem unlikely”. He noted the p ....Read More.afterlift on 5th November 2020 04:16:00
78 SQN RAF Loss of Halifax III MZ311 on Cleeve Hill Gloucecstershire 26 AUG 44Daz, Simon, and Brian, Following Simon's advice a fellow researcher in UK has located the mix of RAF Forms 765 and 412 on MZ311 from FLTLT Howes' file on Ancestry.com. The documents are very useful but the information is not comprehensive or entirely clear largely because the earlier report (765) defers to the pending Court of Inquiry (Form 412). However there is very little of a record of proceedings or findings of COI among the documents. So I am led to believe that the body of the report (412) is elsewhere. Although with that said Base Commander ACDRE H.V. Slatterly signs off the report I presume 765 on 1 September 1944 and then again on 30 September 1944 So it seems likely that on the second sign-off he was referring to the (unseen) outcome of the COI . And it is there that he concludes on a page not from Form 412 that the cause of the accident remains obscure etc. The front page of Form 412 which is in the Ancestry file is confusing because it has the COI opening on 17 August 1944 for the accident which occurred on 26 August 1944. My question out of all of this is : Is there a source of 78 Sqn 412's somewhere that I could apply to for a copy? Brian, your tip on accessing the 1945 image of Cleeve Hill was very helpful Thank you. Regards cris ....Read More.afterlift on 14th October 2020 12:26:19
78 SQN RAF Loss of Halifax III MZ311 on Cleeve Hill Gloucecstershire 26 AUG 44[QUOTE=afterlift;154845]Daz, Simon, and Brian, Following Simon's advice a fellow researcher in UK has located the mix of RAF Forms 765 and 412 on MZ311 from FLTLT Howes' file on Ancestry.com. The documents are very useful but the information is not comprehensive or entirely clear largely because the earlier report (765) defers to the pending Court of Inquiry (Form 412). However there is very little of a record of proceedings or findings of COI among the documents. So I am led to believe that the body of the report (412) is elsewhere. Although with that said Base Commander ACDRE H.V. Slatterly signs off the report I presume 765 on 1 September 1944 and then again on 30 September 1944 So it seems likely that on the second sign-off he was referring to the (unseen) outcome of the COI . And it is there that he concludes on a page not from Form 412 that the cause of the accident remains obscure etc. The front page of Form 412 which is in the Ancestry file is confusing because it has the COI opening on 17 August 1944 for the accident which occurred on 26 August 1944. My question out of all of this is : Is there a source of 78 Sqn 412's somewhere that I could apply to for a copy? Brian, your tip on accessing the 1945 image of Cleeve Hill was very helpful Thank you. Regards cris[/QUOTE] Cris, In short, no or not that I am aware of. The only records available are the Squadron ORB, the accident cards, the Station ORB and whatever is available in individual personal records which are either available online via Ancestry etc or obtained from the MoD. I have all of these and there is no further detail in them. I have a few other areas to check e.g. K Reports and 4 Group aircraft loss reports, but to be honest I'm not expecting to find anything given that there were no survivors. Regards Daz ....Read More.78SqnHistory on 14th October 2020 06:07:35

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