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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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16.12.1941 No. 58 O.T.U. Spitfire Ia X4851 Sgt. Julian

Operation: Training

Date: 16th December 1941 (Tuesday)

Unit: No. 58 OTU (Operational Training Unit)

Type: Spitfire Ia

Serial: X4851

Base: RAF Grangemouth, Scotland

Location: RAF Grangemouth airfield, Scotland.

Pilot: Sgt. Noel Patrick Julian R/81021 RCAF Age 20. Killed


Sgt. Kippan taxied onto the runway and into the path of a landing Spitfire flown by Sgt Julian. One of the aircraft was burnt out and the other overturned and completely wrecked. Sgt. Kippan was seriously injured and died in hospital the following day. Sgt Julian was killed instantly.

Course 15 - 58 O.T.U. Grangemouth, Scotland: Front row: Sgt. Corbett, Sgt. Semmerling, Sgt. Kotlarz, Sgt. Madej, Sgt. Szelestowski, Sgt. Krakowski, Sgt. Polek, Sgt. Kolezynski, Sgt. Elmerych, Sgt. Grobelny, Sgt. Rutecki, Sgt. Szymanski - Second row: P/O. Hunter, P/O. Loree, P/O. Frith, P/O. Deytrikh, F/O. Gastula, Fl/Lt. Walendowski, P/O. Davies, P/O. Phelan, P/O. Tonge. F/O. Godlewski, P/O. Wigston, P/O. Zakrzewski - Third row: Sgt. Powers, Sgt. Watkin, Sgt. Vance, Sgt. Machan, Sgt. McGready, Sgt. Taggart, Sgt. Oliver, Sgt. Shaw, Sgt. Kippan, Sgt. Moeser, Sgt. Matthewman - Back row: Sgt. Hunt, Sgt. Julian, Sgt. Watson, Sgt. Little, Sgt. Nicoll, Sgt. Kaye, Sgt. Allingham, Sgt. Miller, Sgt. Davies, Sgt. Jowett, Sgt. Rawson, Sgt. Cleaver, Sgt. Burley.

Left and above, Grandsable Cemetery, Scotland as photographed by Aircrew Remembered July 2012.

Burial Details:

Sgt. Noel Patrick Julian. Grangemouth (Grandsable) Cemetery. Sec 1. Grave 35. Son of Mrs. F. E. Julian, of New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada

Researched for relatives of Sgt. Julian. With thanks to The Cadets and Staff 1333 (Grangemouth) Squadron ATC for their valued assistance with the research into 58 OTU

Any relative who would like a full size photograph of the grave / course group we would be very happy to email them to you free of charge.

Acknowledgements: Sources used by us in compiling Archive Reports include: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vols. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vols. 1 and 2', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Tom Kracker - Kracker Luftwaffe Archives and Fred Paradie - Paradie Archive (both on this site), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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