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47 years 11 months ago #1647 by Gary
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'Yea, Though I Fly Through the Valley of the Shadow of Death, I Shall Fear No Evil. For I am at 50,000 Feet and Climbing.'

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2 years 1 month ago #4827 by jasek
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This is the crew of KG974

2209607 Flt Sgt Watson, William T RAFVR (Air Gnr), No. 99 Sqn RAF

Commemorated on the MAYNAMATI WAR CEMETERY with the rest of his crew, whom are listed below:

1378229 WO N Sayer RAFVR (Pilot)
1543863 Sgt FJ Wright RAFVR (Co Pilot)
542789V Lt AL Spafford SAAF (Navigator)
424655 FO CL Woolford RAAF
2209607 Flt Sgt WT Watson RAFVR (Air Gnr)
1691748 Flt Sgt W Watchman RAFVR (Air Gnr)
1305035 Flt Sgt MH Trice RAFVR (Air Gnr)
130500 Flt Lt MT Simpson RAFVR (Bombardier)
1802330 Flt Sgt HRJ Rose RAFVR (W.Op/Air Gnr)
1627512 Flt Sgt PAW Reader RAFVR (Flt Engr)

The pilot of the other Liberator, KH254, was WO N Bicard
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2 years 1 month ago #4828 by Gary
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Thanks Jasek, I\'ve updated the record for KG974 to show the crew.

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2 years 1 month ago #4830 by Matt_Poole
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Gary,

Jasek\'s info is wrong. This is not the crew of KH254. It\'s 10 out of the 23 who died in the two Libs that collided: 5 from KH254 and 5 from KG974. See the 99 Sqn thread on this collision.

Matt
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2 years 1 month ago #4833 by Gary
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Thanks Matt, I\'ll delete the info, is the info on that image the correct crew listings?

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2 years 1 month ago #4835 by Matt_Poole
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Hi, Gary,

I posted a longer bit of info on the 99 Sqn RAF forum thread. Here are the crew listings.

Cheers,

Matt
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Collision between KG974 and KH254
(both of RAF 99 Squadron)
21 January 1945

Liberator KG974:

1378229 W/O Sayer, Percy Norman (age unk) Pilot
1623984 F/Sgt Ireton, Michael Victor, 21 2nd pilot
1490462 F/Sgt Haile, Philip Bellerby, 22 Bomb aimer
RAAF 424665 F/O Woolford, Colin Leonard, 28 Navigator
1602975 F/Sgt Burrows, William Charles, 22 1st W/Op/AG
1372356 Sgt Fergie, Roy Cooper, 24 2nd W/Op/AG
1305035 F/Sgt Trice, Mervyn Harcourt, 23 Front gunner
2209607 F/Sgt Watson, William Thomson, 20 Mid-upper gunner
1610129 F/Sgt Baker, George, 23 Ball gunner
1322064 F/Sgt Aspinwall, Gilbert John, 22 Flight engineer
1691748 F/Sgt Watchman, William, 22 Rear gunner


Liberator KH254:

RAAF 410044 P/O Biccard, Noel Thalman, 23 Pilot
1543863 Sgt Wright, Frederick Joseph, 24 2nd pilot
130500 F/Lt Simpson, Maurice Thompson, 23 Bomb aimer
SAAF 542789V Lt Spafford, Alan Leonard, 31 Navigator
1549565 F/Sgt Kay, Arthur, 23 1st W/Op/AG
1802330 F/Sgt Rose, Henry Raymond John, 21 2nd W/Op/AG
2206379 F/Sgt Candlish, Clifford, 34 Front gunner
RAAF 428016 F/Sgt Geeves, Bruce Colin, 31 Mid-upper gunner
1688240 F/Sgt Lineton, Thomas James Arthur, 24 Ball gunner
1627512 F/Sgt Reader, Peter Alexander (age unk) Flight engineer
1896854 F/Sgt Dixon, Robert Henry (age unk) Rear gunner
1167652 W/O McKee, John Laing, 22 Passenger, Parent Unit 3 FPU (Trade: Nav. B.)

Crew position/trades are as listed in a casualty document found as page 44 in N.T. Biccard’s on-line RAAF A705 casualty file, held by the National Archives of Australia.

All other details are per the on-line Debt of Honour Register, Commonwealth War Graves Commission. The ages of three men are not listed.

NOTE: there are discrepancies between these sources. For example, the CWGC entry is for Gilbert John ASPINWALL, but the pg 44 casualty documents lists this casualty as ASPINALL, J.

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