So CWGC have the wrong dateHe's one of my local airmen. From the 357 Sqn ORB Form 540 of July 1945:
Losses sustained during the month amounted to one Dakota KJ922, crew
658498 W/O Milne, Joseph Reid
1518745 Sgt. Clark, E M.
15211725 Sgt. Francis, Charles Raymond
1597461 Sgt. Mouat, Duncan
1598599 Sgt. Binns, Albert, missing.
The a/c took off from Base at 0630 hours on 30th July 1945. A further report was not received until 9th August 1945 when it was learnt that the a/c had crashed into the side of a valley down which it was flying; some 4 miles West of Biya; the crew of five were all killed. Another a/c operating on the same target was forced to turn back owing to impossible weather conditions and reported an operational failure, weather conditions along the route being reported as 8-10/10 CB. base 2-3000' (approx 7000' below the tops of the Chin Hills) & cloud tops up to 25-30000' with excessive turbulence causing a/c to be almost uncontrollable at times. Under these conditions it can be safely assumed that W/O Milne's crash was as a direct result of the weather over the area, in fact, weather over the Chin and Shan hills had during a month of already bad weather succeeded throughout in achieving a personal notoriety.
I've now completed reviewing 1945