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Lt Commander J C V K Watson, HMS Godwit

Lt Commander J C V K Watson, HMS Godwit
Author: tomthorne83 (Guest)
Time Stamp:
13:46:11 Thursday, April 5, 2007
Post:
Hello chaps, just wondering if anyone knows the cause of death of Lt Commander (A) James Christian Victor Kiero Watson, of HMS Godwit (The naval air station at Hinstock, Shropshire). Did he die in an aircraft accident or perhaps natural causes?

Thanks, Tom


RE: Lt Commander J C V K Watson, HMS Godwit
Author: mcmillan_p
Time Stamp:
15:48:31 Thursday, April 5, 2007
Post:
To speed up others (and avoid looking it up): Date of Death 02/01/1944


RE: Lt Commander J C V K Watson, HMS Godwit
Author: mcmillan_p
Time Stamp:
15:59:40 Thursday, April 5, 2007
Post:
Times of Jan 4th 1944 has him being Killed on Active Service

Death Registered: Wellington aged 39.

But which Wellington DaveW should be able to tell you, but I assume near Cumbria?


RE: Lt Commander J C V K Watson, HMS Godwit
Author: tomthorne83 (Guest)
Time Stamp:
16:11:02 Thursday, April 5, 2007
Post:
Hi Paul, whoops slipped my mind to add the date of death!!

The location will be Wellington in Shropshire, not too far from Hinstock. I wonder if he was killed in a crash? I don't know if there are any official records of HMS Godwit, i certainly couldn't find anything like an ORB down at Kew.

Thanks, Tom


RE: Lt Commander J C V K Watson, HMS Godwit
Author: Resmoroh
Time Stamp:
16:23:10 Thursday, April 5, 2007
Post:
Tom,

If all else fails you may have to go down the road (at 7 GBP!) of obtaining a Certified True Copy of his DC from GRO. This will, for sure, tell you what medical condition actually caused his death. Some (but not all!) Registrars will add something like ". . as a result of . . ". It's a long, and overly expensive, flog of finding out Cause of Death, but it does work - or, at least, it's worked for us with many of our (Met) "customers".

HTH

Peter Davies


RE: Lt Commander J C V K Watson, HMS Godwit
Author: DaveW
Time Stamp:
16:37:31 Thursday, April 5, 2007
Post:
Tom,

Oxford MP299 758S Hinstock spun into the ground at The Wrekin, Reeder RC also killed.

Regards

DaveW


RE: Lt Commander J C V K Watson, HMS Godwit
Author: mcmillan_p
Time Stamp:
19:08:41 Thursday, April 5, 2007
Post:
Lost control at low level, spun in out of cloud near The Wrekin, Cat Z2


RE: Lt Commander J C V K Watson, HMS Godwit
Author: SteveBrew
Time Stamp:
08:01:23 Saturday, May 5, 2007
Post:
A slight digression from the initial question, but it looks like The (1,335-foot) Wrekin (see also http://www.shropshiretourism.info/telford/wrekin/) has claimed a few pilots over time.

An ex-41 Squadron pilot, Flg. Off. Oliver Bertram Morrogh-Ryan, was also KIFA with a Sgt. Willis when they hit the Wrekin in bad weather in 68 Squadron Beaufighter T3354, during searchlight co-operation flying practice, on 26 July 1941.

Steve


RE: Lt Commander J C V K Watson, HMS Godwit
Author: tomthorne83
Time Stamp:
10:53:38 Saturday, May 5, 2007
Post:
That is great stuff, thank you very much! I must check the accident cards for this accident and try and find out where the crash occured exactly.

Your right Steve, there were a number of crashes on the Wrekin and a large number in the surrounding villages. Shawbury suffered its first flying casualty of the war on the 7th November 1939 when Oxford P1845 crashed near the summit in bad visibility killing P/O G H H Coates.

This was followed by the accident mentioned by Steve involving 68 Squadron Beaufighter T3354 killing the two crew. Following this accident a warning light was erected at the top. Unfortunately Spitfire P7746 of 131 Squadron was next to crash on the lower slopes when flying in a snow storm, 7th December 1941. The pilot Sgt H A Metcalfe, RAAF was killed.

In the post war years an Anson (serial VV987??) of CNS Shawbury flew into the lower slopes of the hill on 12th September 1952 killing F/Sgt Alexander Walter Gee, aged 35.

Out of curiosity, does anyone have any other flying casualties suffered by HMS Godwit? I would be very interested to know of any.

Thanks, Tom