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Aircraftman 1st Class William RITCHIE (1118932) of the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Circumstances of Death: Lost in aircraft Sunderland II W3997

Death of Death 1943-10-12 Age : 27 years.

Served in 4 OTU

Burial/Commemoration Details : Panel 171. at Runnymede Memorial, United Kingdom


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AIR81/6423Pilot Officer C J Heavysege, Leading Aircraftman W Ritchie: injured; aircraft accident, Tiger Moth N5456, 9 Elementary Flying Training School, 14 May 1941.C16755721

Aircraft Accident / Loss Entry

Aircraft Name: Sunderland II W3997 Date of Crash: 1941-01-01 12 Oct 43 12 Oct 43 Unit 4 (C) OTU Airfield /Crash Location , United Kingdom
Aircrew details
Rank Name, Number, Trade & Details DateUnit Country Cemetery/Memorial & Loc Ref
Flying OfficerGeorge Francis Herbert BOOTH (128358) Pilot Sunderland II W3997   1943-10-124 OTU United KingdomRosskeen Parish Churchyard Ext
Aircraftman 2nd ClassJohn MARSHALL (633399) Sunderland II W3997   1943-10-124 OTU United KingdomRunnymede Memorial
Flight SergeantGordon Graham Mark McCARTHY (404641) Air Gunner Sunderland II W3997   1943-10-124 OTU United KingdomRosskeen Parish Churchyard Ext
Aircraftman 1st ClassWilliam RITCHIE (1118932) Sunderland II W3997   1943-10-124 OTU United KingdomRunnymede Memorial
Source Coastal Command and Fleet Air Arm Losses Forum Henk Welting's Database

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