Airspeed Oxford crash 31st August 1944

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  1. archivist

    archivist Well-Known Member

    An Airspeed Oxford is said to have crashed in Consett, Co Durham on 31st August 1944 killing the sole occupant pilot F/sgt Fred Nevin service no 1149031. The aircraft is said to have been a duel control type serial no HM753. Can anyone tell me the squadron or flight number, where it was based and the circumstances of the accident.
  2. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

  3. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    NEVIN, Fred - F/S (Pilot) - probably killed whilst flying in Oxford I, HM753 of No 14 (P) AFU, which spun into the ground near Consett in County Durham.
    440831 - Unaccounted Airmen - 31-8-1944
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  4. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    This might be him and you may glean some answers from the certificate

    England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1916-2007
    Name: Frederick Nevin
    Death Age: 24
    Birth Date: abt 1920
    Registration Date: Sep 1944
    Registration district: Durham North Western
    Inferred County: Durham
    Volume: 10a
    Page: 274


    England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations),
    Name: Fred Nevin
    Death Date: 31 Aug 1944
    Death Place: Newcastle Upon Tyne
    Probate Date: 21 Dec 1944
    Registry: Newcastle Upon Tyne
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  5. dp_burke

    dp_burke Junior Member

    The database on can be a little confusing for the National Probate Calender. For the war time period they tended to transcribe the place of death to be the Registry area. The entry in the Calender reads:

    NEVIN Fred of 55 Alder-avenue Fenham Newcastle-upon-Tyne
    died 31 August 1944 on war service Administration Newcastle-
    upon-Tyne 21 December to Elizabeth Nevin Widow

    The term "on war service" gets used in stead of the death location more often than not for wartime casualties.

    You will need to get the Air Ministry Form 1180 from RAF Hendon to determine circumstances of the loss. And the Operations record book for 14 (P) AFU.
  6. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    I added the details from the Probate as his death cert shows people (or they think from reading the death details) that he died in Sep 1944, instead of realising that his death was regisitered in that month, and it is his Probate that confirms his date of death as 31 Aug 1944.
    Yes the Probate details are often a little confusing with details about where the person actually died, its why I dont often post them

  7. archivist

    archivist Well-Known Member

    Thank you all for your most helpful answers. Can anyone please tell me where 14 (P) AFU was based at the time of the crash.

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