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8th October 2012, 18:03
Looking for correct serial of a loss of a 88 Sqn Battle that crashed at Blackmore, near High Ongar, Essex.

Flight has "Cpl. William Henry Wheeler lost his life in an accident which occurred at Blackmore, near High Ongar, on August 7, to an aircraft of No. 88 (B.) Sqn., Boscombe Down, Amesbury, Wilts. Fit. Lt. David William Hyde Gardner was the pilot of the aircraft, and A/C. William Cable the other member of the crew. Ft. Lt. Gardner was slightly injured

Local newspaper says Cable's name was Thomas Cable (as does Irvin Caterpillar List). I suspect his name was William Thomas Cable but he was known as 'Thomas'

8th October 2012, 19:03
Hi Paul

The aircraft was K7630 and I have two casualties, Wheeler and one unknown, was Cable killed?


8th October 2012, 20:18
Malcolm thanks for that 99.99% sure only one fatally

9th October 2012, 14:50
Chelmsford Chronicle
Malcolm only one Casualty

Fri 12 Aug 1938

Corporal William Henry Wheeler, of No. 88 (Bomber) Squadron, Boscombe Down, Amesbury, Wiltshire, was killed when the 'plane he was in crashed during the Air Exercises on Sunday morning on the Mill Green-Highwood road, in the parish of Ingatestone. The pilot, Flight-Lieutenant David William Hyde Gardner, was slightly injured. The third member of the crew, Thomas Cable, escaped injury. He made a successful landing in his parachute. There was a mist at the time, and the machine was heard to be in difficulties some little time before it crashed. As it crashed it burst into flames, and Pilot Gardner had an extraordinary escape. He managed to scramble clear, and all he sustained were burns to one of his arms. The Epping Fire Brigade, under Capt. Woore, attended and extinguished the flames. The deceased man was single. He was an Air Observer, and his home was at 45 Ebury Buildings, Buckingham Palace Road, London. , London. The body was brought to the mortuary at Chelmsford Hospital.


9th October 2012, 15:10
Cheers Paul, I will delete my unknown