World War 2 (1939 - 1945)


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Ronald George Chandos

Service: Royal Air Force
Squadron: 405 (Royal Canadian Air Force) Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Rank: Sergeant
Service number: 950324

Ronald was born in Glasgow on 5 February 1916, son of George Chandos. In 1937 he was working as a film company representative and lived at Perranforth, Eastwoodmains Road, Giffnock. On 16 May 1937, he gained his certificate to fly a D. H. Gypsy lll 120 hp at the Scottish Flying Club.

On 3/4 May 1941 he was assigned to 78 Squadron flying an Armstrong Whitworth Whitley V (Z438-EY) on a mission to Cologne. The mission had to be abandoned due to wireless transmission failure and lack of fuel. The bomber crashed at 06.30 hrs near Leominster, Herefordshire but the crew was uninjured.

On the night of 22/23 August 1941, 405 Squadron, flying Wellington Bombers, sent up six aircraft to bomb Mannheim and two aircraft to bomb Le Havre. Prior to the flights that evening some of the crews were instructed to undertake air tests; one dual flying test and one local air test.

At 15:20 hrs Wellington LQ-K W4592, piloted by Sergeant R. G Chandos, overshot at Pocklington Airfield after the wind had turned 180 degrees and the aircraft had landed with the wind behind it. This was one of two aircraft to do exactly the same thing within minutes on that day.

On 18 September 1941, Wellington LQ-K W4592, piloted by Sergeant R. G Chandos was being given a routine air test and at over 5000 feet, the dinghy came away from its stowage and wrapped round the elevators. The pilot lost control and the aircraft went into a steep fast dive, then broke up in the air and exploded. It was likely that as a result of Sergeant Chandos attempting to pull the aircraft out of the dive, the stresses on the airframe were too great and it broke up. Wreckage fell around Northfield Farm to the north of Pocklington and all eight on board lost their lives as a result of the accident. It was the worst accident that Pocklington had suffered at this stage in the war, magnified by the fact that some ground crew had gone up for a ride. Ronald George Chandos was 25 years of age and is buried in New Eastwood Cemetery in Thornliebank, Glasgow.

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