108 OTU Dakota DC3 Mk IV KJ931 Fl/Sgt. Walter Pinfold
Date: 19th January 1945 (Friday)
Unit: No. 108 OTU (Operational Training Unit)
Type: Douglas DC3 Dakota IV
Base: RAF Wymswold, Leicestershire
Location: Not known - North Sea.
Pilot: Fl/Sgt. Walter William Pinfold 950971 RAFVR Age ? Missing
Nav: Sgt. William Dean 1590636 RAFVR Age ? Missing
W/Op: Sgt. James Lindsay Cameron 984337 RAFVR Age 26. Missing
We would appreciate any photos or contact from any of the above crew - relatives of Fl/Sgt. Pinfold have very little information and would like to know more.
REASON FOR LOSS:
Took off on a night training exercise. It is thought that the aircraft suffered severe icing and crashed into the North Sea. Neither aircraft or crew were recovered. The pilot was inexperienced on this type of aircraft.
108 OTU at this time, had been a Transport Command Training unit.
Note: The Dakota IV was a short range general purpose transport aircraft. Powered by 2 Pratt and Whitney radial engines. Having a wing span of 95ft and length of 64ft. Maximum speed of 229 mph with a range of 1,500 miles. The DC3 was the RAF equivalent of the USAAF C-47B.
None - all crew were classed as missing.
Fl/Sgt. Walter William Pinfold. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 272. NoK details currently not available - are you able to assist completion of these and any other information?
Sgt. William Dean. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 274. NoK details currently not available - are you able to assist completion of these and any other information?
Sgt. James Lindsay Cameron. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 274. Son of Donald Cameron, and of Barbara Lindsay Cameron, of Fort William, Inverness-shire, Scotland.
Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this crew with thanks to Robert Thorpe - great nephew of the pilot. Colin Cummings - ‘Though Without Anger’. Commonwealth War Graves Commission.