Discussion in 'The War In The Air' started by geoff501, Apr 25, 2017.
Can anyone look up the flight details for this crew please:
425 Squadron Halifax III LW395 KW-O P/O. Aubin, RAF Tholthorpe, accident, Callow Hill, Worcestershire
The date of death on the CWGC headstone is in French
Pilot Officer ( Air Bomber ) Joseph Henry Yvon Albert ( - 1944) - Find A Grave Memorial
DUBROY, JOSEPH LEONARD Signalman C/100506 11/02/1944 21 Royal Canadian Corps of Signals Canadian Plot R. Grave 107. PERSHORE CEMETERY
DUBROY, WILLIAM EDMOND Pilot Officer J/85409 11/02/1944 26 Royal Canadian Air Force Canadian Plot R. Grave 115. PERSHORE CEMETERY
Pilot Officer ( W.Op./Air Gnr. ) William Edmond Dubroy (1917 - 1944) - Find A Grave Photos
11 February 1944
Halifax III LW395 KW-O
The aircraft took off from Tholthorpe at 1847 hours tasked for a Bullseye exercise over the Midlands. The Halifax crashed at 2107 hours on Carters Hill near Hanbury 4 miles south of Bromsgrove, Worcestershire due to the failure of the port outer engine
I wonder where Chorley got the cause of crash from? The Court of Inquiry made no such determination.
Bill Chorley's B.C loss publications sometimes contains amendments in the following publication year coverage and were included from those who had personal knowledge of incidents.
Alas the individuals able to add information are in decline as time evolves.
The number of engine failures which resulted in the loss of an aircraft often came from a fire outbreak which breached the engine fire plate.The pilot had enough of a workload in trimming the aircraft on loss of an engine as well as coping with an engine fire.
Today I paid a visit to Pershore Cemetery looking for a headstone concerning another air crash I am currently working on.
I obtained the photos I needed and was about to leave when I noticed two headstones with the same surname "Dubroy" obviously related brothers perhaps both Canadian.On closer inspection one was a P/O and the other was RCS (Royal Canadian Signals) this intrigued me.Two relatives killed on the same day both from different services.???
I took some photos and headed home.
After a quick search through some of my books, 23 OTU, Pershore, 24 OTU, Honeybourne, and Chorley's I found the crash.
On the 11th Feb 1944, Halifax LW 395 from 425 Squadron RCAF t/o 1847 Tholthorpe and was tasked for an exercise over the Midlands.
The aircraft crashed at 2107 due to an engine failure on Carters Hill near Hanbury Worcs.There were eight personell on board, all were killed.
Sgt J. G. D. Aubin (pilot) RCAF.
F/S H.B....... Mitton.
Sgt J.H.Y......Albert ..........RCAF.
(crew taken from Chorley's Bomber Command Losses 1944)
Four of the crew had recently passed out (Nov 43) the AB course at 23 OTU Pershore.
It seems Sig J.L. Dubroy had gone on this flight "simply for the trip". I cant imagine the shock his parents felt on hearing both sons serving in different services were killed in the same plane crash. R.I.P.
RCAF 425 Sqdn. crash 11/02/1944
William Edmond Dubroy
Joseph Leonard Dubroy
Cheer's guys, for the response.
Before I posted this thread, I typed in Halifax LW 395 in the search facility and got "no results found" so I pressed on with the thread.
Having said that, still pleased with the information and photo's from both threads.
A very tragic event.
The attached came out of Pilot J85928 P/O Joseph Gilbert Dollard Aubin's file.
The "E.W. Blenkinsop" shown is a story in its own right. "Teddy" Blenkinsop - The Montzen Raid
Noted the wreckage was spread over a radius of 4 miles would suggest a catastrophic explosion on board wouldn't it ?
Teddy died of heart failure, or was he just beaten to death? which ultimaltely lead to heart failure. I guess we will never know the answer to both questions.
Very sad- I know both Pershore and Ottawa well.
Noted both threads have merged,
Separate names with a comma.