13-FEB-1944 Comilla airstrip collision

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  1. noggin1969

    noggin1969 Well-Known Member

    13-FEB-1944 RAF Douglas Dakota III (DC-3) FL505 Comilla airstrip collision with Douglas Dakota III (DC-3) 42-100699 USAAF. Has anybody more details on this , especially casualties please. Gunner Service No: 1111891 - SWANN, FREDERICK CECIL Royal Artillery 160 Field Regt. believed onboard a sully drop to Burma.
  2. dp_burke

    dp_burke Junior Member

  3. noggin1969

    noggin1969 Well-Known Member

  4. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    If Swann was aboard the aircraft then I would expect to see more than him shown as died that day


    Is there anything in the War Dairy for the regiment?

  5. dp_burke

    dp_burke Junior Member

    The ORB I posted above contains the answer, Noggin can transcribe it out for us. There were three aircrew casualties and two army.
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  6. alieneyes

    alieneyes Senior Member

    The pilot of the RAF Dakota was 416003 P/O Frederick Henry William Kingswood, RAAF

    As such there is a file, as yet undigitized, at the NAA in Canberra. https://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/Sea...eports/ItemDetail.aspx?Barcode=1071472&isAv=N

    Summary heading
    KINGSWOOD, Frederick Henry William - (Pilot Officer); Service Number - 416003

    Descriptive note
    In addition to the file subject, the following servicemen are mentioned in this record:

    WRIGHT – (Flight Sergeant); Service Number – 1118992

    CUNNINGHAM – (Sergeant); Service Number – 1062701

    COOK L – Service Number – 1797629 Army?

    SWANN F – Service Number – 1111891

    WILDSMITH B – (Flight Sergeant); Service Number – 112441

    SKINNER H G – (Sergeant); Service Number - 1865003


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  7. noggin1969

    noggin1969 Well-Known Member

    Thank you all. Added the details to his entry

    Rank: Gunner

    Service No: 1111891

    Date of Death: 13/02/1944

    Age: 39

    Regiment/Service: Royal Artillery 160 Field Regt.

    Grave Reference: 1. B. 4.


    Additional Information: Born in Farndon son of Thomas William and Mary Swann, from Pleasley Hill Mansfield. He had 7 brothers and 1 sister, two of his brothers died as children. The family moved from Farndon to East Stoke in 1911 and to Kelham 1913. His father died in 1934 in Rolleston. His mother remarried in 1935 and lived at Burton Joyce. RAF Comilla 62 Sqn C-47 Dakota FL505 collision with C-47 Skytrain 42-100699 USAAF. Take off 23.00 , load of 7,500lbs for a supply dropping sortie. On becoming airborne the aircraft appeared to swing to port and its mainplane struck the USAAF Skytrain parked on the fair weather strip in close proximity to the actual runway, FL505 then swung onto two further C-47's ( 42-100701 and 42-100706 ) and the three aircraft were set on fire. P/O F Kingswood RAAF , Sgt R Cunningham RAFVR , F/Sgt C Wright RAFVR , Gnr F Swann 160 Regt RA , Gnr L Cook 52 HAA Regt RA all killed. F/Sgt Wildsmith and Sgt Skinner admitted to hospital with shock. 2 USAAF personnel are believed to have been killed on the ground while either sleeping or working in one of the C-47's. Gnr F Swann's eldest brother L/Cpl Thomas Humphrey Swann was KIA 29/9/1918 Battle of Bellenglise France during WW1. His younger brother Pvt William Swann was KIA 11/7/1944 in Burma during operations with the Chindits. All 5 C-47's condemned 15/2/1944.

    Interested in info on Private SWANN, WILLIAM Service Number 4982297

    Died 11/07/1944 , Aged 30 , 2nd Bn. Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment) IMPHAL WAR CEMETERY 3. H. 13.
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2019
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  8. noggin1969

    noggin1969 Well-Known Member


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  9. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member


    All I have are the pages for July 1944 from the battalion war diary. On closer inspection, this only covers the activities of Chindit Column No. 76 and their final ambush work against the Japanese before withdrawal from action. 2DWR were part of 23rd Brigade who fought behind Japanese lines during the battles of Imphal and Kohima in India. This Chindit Brigade did not enter Burma at any stage during 1944.

    It is very possible that William died from illness, disease, wounds etc. and had been evacuated before the date of 11/07/44.

    Attached Files:

  10. noggin1969

    noggin1969 Well-Known Member

    Thanks bamboo43
  11. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    Had a closer look at his CWGC details. The concentration sheets do confirm that he died on the 11th July and was originally buried at a place called Huining near Ukhrul.

    Halang, Ukhrul - Wikipedia

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  12. noggin1969

    noggin1969 Well-Known Member

    Thanks again bamboo43 , I've just put an order in for the DC see if that says anything.
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