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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 160799
Last updated: 4 June 2020
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Date:27-AUG-1946
Time:day
Type:Vickers Warwick V
Owner/operator:160 Maintenance Unit Royal Air Force (160 MU RAF)
Registration: PN763
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:SW Approaches English Channel, off coast of Cornwall -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Ferry/positioning
Departure airport:RAF Aquir, Palestine
Destination airport:RAF St. Eval, Cornwall
Narrative:
Missing 27 August 1946 on ferry flight from the Middle East, believed crashed into The South-Western Approaches of the English Channel, off the coast of Cornwall. Aircraft was on charge of 160 MU, RAF Aquir, Palestine, en route to RAF St. Eval, Cornwall. According to the following published source (see link #2):

"Having survived the war well-decorated and in the rank of Acting Wing Commander, sadly, James Edward Dennant* was one of the crew of four missing presumed killed on 27 August 1946, when Vickers Warwick V PN763 of 160 MU Aquir went missing off the Cornish coast, presumed crashed, while on a ferry flight from the Middle East to England via France. The men are commemorated, accordingly, on the Alamein Memorial"

Crew of Vickers 474 Warwick V PN763 were:
Warrant Officer Donald KEIGHLEY (1594593) aged 21
Warrant Officer Sydney COHEN (1383528)
Squadron Leader* James Edward DENNANT DSO, DFC (40465) aged 30
Flight Sergeant Kenneth John FOSTER (1588928) aged 22

*As stated above, was promoted "in the field" to Acting Wing Commander, and held this rank at the time of his death. Also, as indicated above, the four crew were never found/never recovered, and therefore have no known grave. Despite being lost off Cornwall, England, they were commemorated on the El Alamein Memorial in Egypt rather than the Runnymede Memorial, as all four were on the strength of the RAF Middle East Command.

Sources:

1. Air-Britain Royal Air Force Aircraft PA100-RZ999
2. https://forum.keypublishing.com/showthread.php?127930-Squadron-leader-J-Dennant
3. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1536446/DENNANT,%20JAMES%20EDWARD
4. http://www.rafcommands.com/database/wardead/index.php?qname=&qcntry=Egypt&cur=0&qunit=&qnum=&qmem=&qdate=1946
7. http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C4100766#Aqir
8. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1810422/keighley,-donald/
9. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1536253/cohen,-sydney/
10. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1536446/dennant,-james-edward/
11. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1536680/foster,-kenneth-john/


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
22-Sep-2013 03:43 JINX Added
09-Jul-2017 00:34 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
24-Nov-2018 08:30 Nepa Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Operator]
17-Nov-2019 00:18 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
17-Nov-2019 17:22 Anon. Updated [Operator, Nature, Operator]

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