|400706 - Unaccounted airmen - 6-7-1940||Sorry for so many names this time.........................
What caused the death of:
P/O (Pilot) Jack C. BURRASTON - 42379 (from Australia ?) - died of wounds or injuries received on active service (Flight Global), buried Cranwell (St.Andrew) Churchyard, Crandwel & Byard's Leap, Lincolnshire (UK1931).
P/O Burraston allotted same svcnr (42379) as P/O A.F.B. RAMSAY - 4 Sqn - killed 21-4-1940 and buried Trefcon British Cem., Caulaincourt, France.
In same cemetery as Burraston lies buried with same date of death:
LAC (Pilot) Ronald H.W. PARKER - 905524 - died of wounds or injuries received on active service (Flight Global), and
LAC Basil DREAPER - 529489 - whose name I can't find in The Times and Flight Global archives, buried Henlow (St.Mary) Churchyard, Bedfordshire (UK3102), and
Sgt Edwin C. JACOBS - 581101 - previously reported missing later believed killed on active service (Flight Global), commemorated on Panel 15 of the Runnymede Memorial, and
Sgt (Pilot) Robert B. MURGATROYD - 519962 - 9 Sqn Honington, Suffolk - killed in action (while flying in operations against the enemy - Flight Global), buried Honington (All Saints) Churchyard, Suffolk (UK2856).
He may have been killed aboard an aircraft that safely returned to base, and
Sgt (WOp/Ag) Shepherd SOTHERAN - 751010 - killed on active service (Flight Global), buried Hartlepool (Hart Road) New Cem., Durham County (UK341).
Aircraft losses for this date:
Blenheim I - N3555 - 2 SAC - collided with another aircraft during take-off at night and crashed 2 miles west of Andover, Hampshire (already have as a casualty: P/O George R. LAMBERT - 42846 - RAF [from Canada]).
Blenheim IV - L8855 - 264 Sqn - crashed (no further details).
Gladiator II - N2266 - FF Shetlands - crashed on take-off Sumburgh.
Hind I - K5413 - RAFC - flew into ground 1 mile south of South Clifton, Nottinghamshire.
Regards and thanks for your help.
Henk. ....Read More.||Henk Welting on 12th January 2008 07:45:42|
|400706 - Unaccounted airmen - 6-7-1940||Hi Henk
Murgatroyd's name is in Chorley Vol 9, the Roll of Honour, but there is no entry in the 1940 Vol, there is a death of a Robert B Murgatroyd, age 24, registered at Bury St Edmunds which is close to Honington and this may support your idea that he was brought back dead or died after an otherwise safe return.Southeran's death is recorded at Andover which is consistant with Blenheim N3555 and his name is recorded against that a/c in Warner's "Blenheim"
I can find a Jack c Burraston age 22,death registered at Retford ( which is close to S Clifton)and B Dreaper age 22 registered at Biggleswade
The apparent duplication on numbers for Burraston would not be impossible if he is Australian and the other person is not I have found similar duplication between RAAF and Australian Army
Dick ....Read More.||Dick on 12th January 2008 10:00:44|
|Blenheim Crash 1940 in Andover||Hi Andy,
In response to your question I offer brief details of seven Blenheim crashes in that period involving aircraft of 2 School of Army Co-Operation, the main user of Blenheims at Andover.
03/05/40 - L9297 - Mk IV - Engine failed on take-off, it stalled and spun in. Crew killed.
31/05/40 - L1296 - Mk I - Crashed on take-off.
06/07/40 - N3555 - Mk IV - Hit trees on night take-off, killing the crew.
18/07/40 - N3566 - Mk IV - Engine cut on take-off, swung and hit hedge.
06/08/40 - L4853 - Mk IV - Lost height on a night take-off and hit the ground. 1 killed, 2 injured.
04/09/40 - L9022 - Mk IV - Undershot a night landing and hit a tree. 1 injured.
10/09/40 - K7073 - Mk I - Engine cut on overshoot and crashed. 1 injured.
I hope these brief details might get you a bit further and I would be very interested in seeing a copy of the eye-witness account if you can manage it.
All the best,
L9172 ....Read More.||L9172 on 1st November 2009 02:40:27|
|AiB AVIA Class Reports||The TNA index for AVIA 5 has a number of errors in the transcription of serial numbers that prevent easy searches.
The following is very much a work in progress for AVIA5/19, the first wartime file, to provide an index of:
Aircraft Serial Number, Aircraft Type, Date of Incident, W reference
2199 Blenheim IV W914
AM266 Catalina II ??/01/1941 W958a
AR651 Mohawk IV 08/01/1941 W947
AR658 Mohawk IV 02/01/1941 W945
AR664 Mohawk IV 01/02/1941 W958
AR666 Mohawk IV 06/08/1940 W853
G-ADPF Tiger Moth W822
G-ADVH Monospar W748a
G-AESO Tiger Moth W747
K4927 Hart Trainer 08/12/1940 W934
K6011 Swordfish 29/11/1940 W928
K6248 Anson I 21/03/1941 W989
K6272 Anson I 21/06/1940 W795
K6296 Anson I 01/04/1941 W997
K6718 Spitfire P W949
K7019 Harrow II 21/10/1938 W621
K7114 Blenheim I 09/03/1941 W984
K7156 Blenheim I 05/07/1940 W808
K7190 Whitley I 02/05/1939 W654
K7229 Whitley I 05/03/1941 W983
K7260 Whitley I 18/12/1939 W718
K7435 Audax I 11/10/1938 W619
K7594 Battle I 11/12/1937 W581
K7732 Wellesley I 29/09/1938 W617
K7933 Gladiator I 16/06/1938 W604
K7950 Gladiator I 19/11/1939 W709
K8503 Shark II 20/02/1941 W969a
K8733 Anson I 21/02/1939 W639
K8996 Whitley III 18/10/1939 W693
K9001 Whitley III 19/09/1939 W684
K9002 Whitley III 21/07/1939 W669
K9223 Battle I 01/10/1940 W886
K9419 Battle I ??/03/1939 W641
K9838 Spitfire I 16/03/1939 W643
K9965 Spitfire I 08/09/1939 W679
K9977 Spitfire I 30/12/1939 W719
L1100 Blenheim I 03/01/1941 W946
L1153 Blenheim I 18/07/1938 W607
L1160 Blenheim I 07/11/1938 W623
L1164 Blenheim I 03/09/1939 W677
L1232 Blenheim I 05/06/1940 W784
L1358 Blenheim I 10/07/1940 W814
L1549 Hurricane I 20/07/1938 W607
L1577 Hurricane I 01/02/1941 W959
L1629 Hurricane I 02/02/1939 W635
L1717 Hurricane I 27/11/1940 W926
L1791 Hurricane I 25/07/1940 W827
L1849 Hurricane I 07/07/1940 W810
L1870 Hurricane I 29/07/1940 W827
L1936 Hurricane I 04/07/1940 W797
L1955 Hurricane I 29/07/1940 W832
L1989 Hurricane I ??/07/1940 W827
L2162 Sunderland I 20/09/1938 W616
L2944 Skua II 27/07/1940 W829
L2946 Skua II 11/01/1940 W724
L3036 Skua II 14/11/1939 W708
L4054 Hampden I 07/04/1940 W749
L4136 Hampden I 20/04/1939 W649
L4161 Hampden I 05/09/1939 W678
L4243 Wellington I 15/05/1939 W656
L4261 Wellington I 01/03/1941 W979
L4290 Wellington I 21/07/1939 W670
L4395 Mentor 21/03/1940 W745
L4547 Oxford I 06/11/1939 W703
L4571 Oxford I 18/09/1939 W683
L4580 Oxford I 13/09/1938 W615
L4702 Lysander I 28/04/1939 W653
L4762 Lysander II 28/04/1939 W652
L4853 Blenheim IV 06/08/1940 W838
L5356 Battle I 29/10/1940 W900
L5947 Magister I ??/07/1940 W807
L5948 Magister I 10/05/1938 W602
L6016 Hereford I 09/05/1940 W765
L6160 Botha I 02/05/1940 W775
L6205 Botha I ??/08/1940 W850
L6612 Blenheim I 19/12/1940 W941
L6679 Blenheim I 16/11/1940 W912
L6970 Defiant I 11/06/1940 W791
L7004 Defiant I 07/06/1940 W787
L7278 Manchester I 21/03/1941 W988
L7596 DH.86 28/07/1939 W672
L8060 Magister I 16/08/1938 W614
L8136 Magister I 11/11/1938 W624
L8331 Magister I 15/04/1940 W754
L8369 Blenheim I 25 ....Read More.||Ross_McNeill on 7th November 2011 08:36:22|
|1940 Unaccounted Airmen Database Reconciliation||Sergeant Shepherd SOTHERAN (751010):
His unit is listed as 2 S.o.A.C. on the Graves Registration Report, and Graham Warner on page 248 of his Bristol Blenheim book has:
[I]Death registered at Andover, so possibly Blenheim N3555 of 2 School of Army Co-Operation. Crashed when hit trees at Andover on night take off, crashed 2 miles west of airfield, destroyed by fire. P/O George R. LAMBERT - 42846 - RAF [from Canada]) and one unnamed WOp/AG killed.[/I]
Furthermore, the Middlesbrough Daily Gazette of July 9th 1940 reported the following:
[I] News has been received of the death in a flying accident of Sergt. Shepherd Sotheran (32), of 69, Sandringham Road, West Hartlepool. He was the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. S. Sotehran, of 4, King Street, Hartlepool.[/I]
Simon ....Read More.||wwrsimon on 4th December 2018 12:20:45|