Arthur Appleyard

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Name: Arthur Appleyard

First Name(s): Arthur
Last Name: Appleyard

Place of birth: England, Greater Manchester (former Lancashire), Trafford, Urmston

Rank: LAC (Leading Aircraftman) RAF VR
ASN: 1750209
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Unit: 161 Squadron RAF

Reported as: DNB
Date of incident: 18-05-1945
Place of incident: Evere (near airbase Zaventem)

His storyTo remove all the POW’s out of Germany as soon as possible, there were nonstop flights continuing night and day, and regarded as an emergency.
On 18 May 1945 the flight was British V9169 detailed to fly from Luneburg, Germany and transport British former POW’s to Brussels, Belgium.
On this particular flight, there was not enough of the British POW’s available for flight, so American POW’s were boarded.
There were twelve passengers and six RAF VR crew members on board of the Lockheed Hudson AE505-MA-L.
Upon landing at Evere airfield near Brussels, Belgium, the airplane bounced badly and the pilot attempted re-take off, engines gunned, climbed steeply, felled back in a tail slide, stalled, nosedived to the ground, and bursted into flames upon impact.
There were no survivors.

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