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Flying Officer James Ian Kidgell

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Flying Officer James Ian Kidgell

  • Birth unknown
  • Death 21 Nov 1944
  • Burial Brookwood, Woking Borough, Surrey, England
  • Plot 4. O. 14.
  • Memorial ID 17664583

410499, Flying Officer James Ian Kidgell
Royal Australian Air Force
Died age 23

Son of James Ernest and Constance Mabel Kidgell, of Moyhu, Victoria, Australia.

Also Comrade to Flying Officer Ernest Douglas Woods

They made the ultimate sacrifice together following air operations on the November 21st 1944 Dunmow England Essex. The pilot and crew were aboard the LK276 Sterling and released the glider P-F573 Horsa. The glider landed safley,the Sterling Crashed after hitting some Willow trees and collided with some power H/T cables. The aircraft then skidded along a bank and exploded at Puildings Farm. The board of enquiry blamed the pilot for failing to monitor his altimeter. The complete crew were killed in the crash. Investigations indicated the Stirling was being pursued by a Luftwaffe night fighter which shot the Stirling down. People on the base at the time also confirmed this.


Comrades:

Ronald David Payne
William Walter Brain D'arcy
Arthur George Reid
Hugh Holt
Reginald Matthew Dauncey


Inscription

Royal Australian Air Force

Gravesite Details Many thanks to the Air crew rememberance society and Kelvin Youngs for giving permission to use their Images..Aircrewremembrancesociety.com

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