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Flying Officer William Curwin Gavine COGMAN (39274) of the Royal Air Force


Circumstances of Death: Lost in aircraft Whitley V N1417
 AIR81/426

Death of Death 1940-05-27

Served in 102 Sqdn

Burial/Commemoration Details : Panel 5. at Runnymede Memorial, United Kingdom (Map)

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London Gazette Mentions

NumberName /Text London Gazette Details
39274Flying Officer William Curwen Gavine COGMANLondon Gazette issue : 34790 , Dated 1940-02-13 , Download #34790
39274William Curwen Gavine COGMANLondon Gazette issue : 34767 , Dated 1940-01-05 , Download #34767

Captivity Details for William Curwin Gavine COGMAN 39274

RankName, NumberDetailsDate CapturedUnitPOW NoCamp
Flt LtWilliam Curwen Gavine COGMAN (39274) Whitley K8985
1939-09-09102 Sqdn

Aircraft Accident / Loss Entry

Date: 09 Sep 39 Aircraft: Whitley III K8985 Unit 102 Sqdn Airfield /Crash Location , Belgium
DetailsTook off 2359 8 Sept 1939 from Driffield. Strayed into neutral airspace over Belgium and was forced to land at Nivelles aerodrome.
SourceHenk Welting's Database
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8/09/1939 K8985 Whitley II 102 SquadronHi, This plane made a forced landing at Nivelles airfield (Belgium) on 8/09/1939. F/O. William Curwen Gavine Cogman 39274 was the pilot. Also aboard were F/O. Arthur William Mack 40244, AC1 Allan Steel 250484, Sgt. G.J.Henry and Cpl. S.R.Wood. Who has the full name + serial of Sgt Henry and Cpl.Wood ? Many thanks and best regards from Belgium Luc ....Read More.Luc Vervoort on 30th July 2010 11:03:03
400527 - Unaccounted Airmen - 27-05-1940Hello, 400527 - Unaccounted Airmen - 27-05-1940 From Henk's list - NORWAY HURLEY, Squire - Lac - 522985 - RAF - 263 Sqn. JONES, Royston Penry - Lac - 545400 - RAF - 263 Sqn. These two airmen rest at Hardstad Cemetery, Norway. Cause of death of these airmen ? UK DOCHERTY, Henry - AC2c - 970179 - RAFVR. Shenley ( St. Botolph ) Churchyard, Hertfordshire, UK. Cause of death ? DOCKING, Stanley Holbrook - AC2c - 983581 - RAFVR. Whitley Bay ( Hartly South ) Cemetery, Northumberland, UK. Cause of death ? FALCONER, James Victor Page - Sgt - 748393 - RAFVR. Edinburgh (Seafield ) Crematorium, Edinburgh, UK. Cause of death ? WHITE, Cyril Williams - AC2c - 1160450 - RAFVR. Stone ( St. John the Baptist ) Churchyard, Buckinghamshire. Cause of death ? From CWGC - BELGIUM LEE STEERE, Charles Augustus - F/O(Pilot) - 90129 - RAF(AAF) - 601 Sqn. Hurricane I - P3486 - 601 Sqn. MEDWAY, William Thomas - Sgt(Pilot) - 740320 - RAFVR - 601 Sqn. Spitfire 1a - L1008 - 610 Sqn. These two airmen rest at Oostkerke Communal Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. FRANCE VILLIERS-TUTHILL, Percy Frederick Charles(Cornwall) - P/O(Pilot) - 42165 - RAF - 53 Sqn. PAYNE, Alfred Hubert - Sgt(Obs) - 366401 - RAF - 53 Sqn. MEARNS, Daniel Baxter - Sgt(Wop) - 628503 - RAF - 53 Sqn. These three airmen rest at Faumont Churchyard, Nord, France. They were crew of Blenheim IV L8735 - 53 Sqn. BOLTON, John Alexander - Lac(A/g) - 538775 - RAF - 26 Sqn. HOWARTH, Ernest Elliot - P/O(Pilot) - 42129 - RAF - 26 Sqn. These two airmen were crew of Lysander II - L6863 - 26 Sqn. DEAS, James Henderson - P/O(Pilot) - 33539 - RAF - 26 Sqn. McLOUGHLIN, Terence - Sgt - 551464 - RAF - 26 Sqn. These two airmen were crew of Lysander II - N1243 - 26 Sqn. The four airmen named above rest at Calais Southern Cemetery, Pas-de-Calais, France. DIXON, Herbert Dixon(Cornwall) - P/O - 40809 - RAF - 26 Sqn. NIMMO, Daniel McLeilan - Lac - 536679 - RAF - 26 Sqn. These two airmen rest at Les Baraques Military Cemetery, San Gatte, Pas-de-Calais, France. They were crew of Lysander II - L4782 - 26 Sqn. RAINIER, Peter Harvey O'Callaghan - P/O - 41869 - RAF - 145 Sqn. Longuenesse (St. Omer) Souvenir Cemetery, Pas-de-Calais, France. Hurricane I - P3523 - 145 Sqn. UK BROWN, Reginald Victor - Lac(A/g) - 903229 - RAFVR - 613 Sqn. Sidmouth Cemetery, Devon, UK. Hector - K8116 - 613 Sqn. DRYBURGH, Neil George - P/O(Pilot) - 76164 - RAFVR - 16 OTU. Edinburgh ( Dean or Western ) Cemetery, Edinburgh, UK. Hampden I - L4156 - 16 OTU. NIXON, Thomas Arthur - P/O(Pilot) - 42518 - RAF - 16 OTU. Vale of Leven ( Or Bonhill) Cemetery, Dunbartonshire, UK. WHYTE, James - Lac(Wop) - 745909 - RAFVR - 16 OTU. Glasgow Western Necropolis Glasgow, UK. These two airmen were crew of Hampden I - L4158 - 16 OTU. WINNING, James - P/O(Pilot) - 78871 - RAF - 1 CP Fli ....Read More.Alex Smart on 11th June 2021 04:35:06
AIR81 Errors[QUOTE=Jagan;165979] Might be worthwhile for me to add a field to the table with the corrected serial that can come up in searches.[/QUOTE] As a follow up to the above, An example of a [B]corrected [/B]entry will show up as [url]https://www.rafcommands.com/database/serials/details.php?uniq=K8985[/url] Shows up as : [TABLE="width: 1170"] [TR] [TH="align: left"]Citation[/TH] [TH="align: left"]Aircraft[/TH] [TH="align: left"]AIR81 Casualty File Description[/TH] [TH="align: left"]Link[/TH] [/TR] [TR] [TD]AIR81/10[/TD] [TD]Whitley [URL="https://www.rafcommands.com/database/serials/details.php?uniq=K8985"]K8985[/URL][/TD] [TD]Acting Flight Lieutenant W C G Cogman, Pilot Officer A W Mack, Sergeant G T Henry, Aircraftman 1st Class A Steel and Corporal S R Wood: prisoners of war; Whitley [URL="https://www.rafcommands.com/database/serials/details.php?uniq=L8985"]L8985[/URL] forced to land in Belgium, 9 September 1939.[/TD] [TD][URL="http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C14141989"]C14141989[/URL] [/TD] [/TR] [/TABLE] This preserves the original text of the AIR81 file description but shows the actual aircraft it was referring to. An [B]uncorrected [/B]entry will show up as [url]https://www.rafcommands.com/database/serials/details.php?uniq=A1653[/url] [TABLE="width: 1170"] [TR] [TH="align: left"]Citation[/TH] [TH="align: left"]Aircraft[/TH] [TH="align: left"]AIR81 Casualty File Description[/TH] [TH="align: left"]Link[/TH] [/TR] [TR] [TD]AIR81/11097[/TD] [TD][URL="https://www.rafcommands.com/database/serials/details.php?uniq=A1653"]A1653[/URL][/TD] [TD]Sergeant R R Hart (RAAF): injured; Flight Lieutenant K R Smith, Sergeant J E Walsh, Flying Officer N R Thompson, Sergeant E R Head: uninjured; enemy action off the coast of Malaya, Hudson [URL="https://www.rafcommands.com/database/serials/details.php?uniq=A1653"]A1653[/URL], 1 Squadron, 20 December 1941.[/TD] [TD][URL="http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C17058826"]C17058826[/URL][/TD] [/TR] [/TABLE] Obviously the serial needs to be updated to A16-53 and type will be Hudson.. there are a couple of thousand AIR81 entries that need correction! ....Read More.Jagan on 9th October 2021 11:53:50

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