|1941 Unaccounted Airmen Database Reconciliation||Hello again
Finishing off the December 1941 UK losses:
Eric WELCH (1050617) and
James Leslie SUDDERS (1377643) - Henk mentions Turbinlite Havoc BD120 of 1453 Flight here:
Douglas Gardner BUCHANAN (60768) and
Walter Ward HUGHES (R/79699) - they are both 8 F.T.S. on their respective Graves Registration Report Forms on the CWGC website. Hughes' R.C.A.F. Service File reords that he died at Huntley Hill Farm [Stracathro] after a mid-air collision. Buchanan's entry on the Statutory Deaths Register has the same place of death timed at 3.30 p.m.
The previous entries, on the same page are:
Victor Erwin Friesen, R.C.A.F., died December 17th 1941 at 3.45 p.m. near cross-roads, Stracathro.
John Alvah Stewart, R.A.F., same time and place as Friesen.
Friesen's R.C.A.F. Service File is more detailed. It records that Master I N7931 of 8 F.T.S. collided with Anson R9585 of 20 O.T.U., killing all nine on board the two aicraft. Crew are recorded as follows:
69768 BUCHANAN D. G. - 1st Pilot
R.79699 HUGHES W. W. - Pupil Pilot
580042 KUHRT L. J. - Captain
549630 STOW C. - W/T AG
798509 COOK R. K. - W/T AG (UT)
J.7026 FRIESEN V. E. - O.B.S. (UT)
1380373 CUTTEN H. R. - O.B.S. (UT) [sic - 112740 Henry Richard Cutten]
R.65342 STEWART J. A. - O.B.S. (UT)
873873 NAIRN J. S. - passenger [sic - 210285 2nd Lt. James Spence Nairn, Royal Engineers, Elgin]
The two aircraft collided when they flying into the sun on cnverging courses, with neither pilot presumed to have seen the other aicraft.
Reginald KIRKUP (551050) - the Eastbourne Herald of December 20th 1941 reported the following:
AIRMAN’S FATAL FALL
[I]Falling 38 feet from a window of a hotel into a basement on Wednesday evening, Reginald Kirkup, aged 21, an R.A.F. sergeant-cadet, was killed. At an inquest yesterday afternoon the Coroner (Dr. E. F. Hoare) returned a verdict of “death from misadventure,” Kirkup’s home is at Bishop Auckland.
It was stated Kirkup was accidentally locked in a lavatory on the third floor of the hotel. He climbed out of the window with the intention of getting on to the fire escape and fell. It was thought that in the darkness he thought the fire escape ran underneath the window when in fact it ran at the side.
Roger Pierson OWEN (R/77460) - his R.C.A.F. Service File records that he was killed in an unidentified Spitfire of 52 O.T.U., which crashed one and a half miles north east of Aston Down.
Aleksander PRZESMYCKI (P/793520) - from this site: [URL]https://www.polishsquadronsremembered.com/erks/Mordasiewicz.html[/URL]
[I]December 18, 1941.
Nasty accident today happened. F/Lt J. Kowalski couldn’t take off during scramble and crashed into a dispersed aircraft. In effect, we have Sgt Przesmycki killed instantly, two ground crew injured (Jan Goluszynski and Stefan Pyssa) and written off Hurricane. Kowalski came out of this unin ....Read More.||wwrsimon on 12th May 2019 11:03:39|