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Pilot Officer David Alexander SADLER (90937) of the Royal Air Force (Auxiliary Air Force)
Circumstances of Death: Lost in aircraft Botha I L6203
Death of Death 1940-08-24 Age : 21 years.
Served in 1 OTU
Burial/Commemoration Details : Grave 196. at Aberdeen (Grove) Cemetery, United Kingdom
More Details: SON OF DAVID PARK SADLER AND JANET SADLER, OF ABERDEEN.
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National Archives AIR81
|Citation ||AIR81 Casualty File Description ||Link |
|AIR81/2763||Pilot Officer D A Sadler, Sergeant K Thompson, Aircraftman J Lowry: killed; aircraft accident, Silloth, Botha L6203, 1 Operational Training Unit, 24 August 1940.||C16472126|
London Gazette Mentions
|Number||Name /Text ||London Gazette Details|
|90937||David Alexander SADLER||London Gazette issue : 35076 , Dated 1941-02-14 , Download #35076 |
|90937||Davis Alexander SADLER||London Gazette issue : 34964 , Dated 1940-10-08 , Download #34964 |
Aircraft Accident / Loss Entry
|Aircraft Name: Botha I L6203 ||Date of Crash: 1940-01-01 24 Aug 40 ||Unit 1 C OTU ||Airfield /Crash Location , United Kingdom|
|Aircrew details || |
|400824 - Unaccounted airmen - 24-8-1940||Several places were bombed this day by the Luftwaffe including North Weald (with many casualties) and also a part of the RAF Hospital at St.Athan was demolished.
Looking for places of death registration of following airmen:
AC1 Harry L. BURBRIDGE - 646963 - name not found in Flight archives, and
AC2 William FAIRFIELD - 1358170;
AC2 Alexander KIRK - 1103925;
LAC Henry A. SHACKELTON - 343404,
AC2 Frank WALKER - 1007477
all killed on active service.
Also same day killed on active service:
P/O (Pilot u/t) David A. SADLER - 90937
Proposed aircraft losses for this day:
Hart Trainer - K4888 - 9 FTS - crashed on landing Hullavington
Hurricane I - L1803 - 263 Sqn - abandoned near Bainsford, Stirlingshire
Hurricane I - L1933 - 85 Sqn - crashed on landing Hawkinge
Lysander II - R2030 - 26 Sqn - flew into ground near Stradishall
Regards and thanks for your help.
Henk. ....Read More.||Henk Welting on 8th March 2008 07:48:44|
|400824 - Unaccounted airmen - 24-8-1940||Further info.
The third crewman must have been J Lowry 944933, wrong initial was listed in the book.
The pilot' name being given as 'D Alexander 9093' is explained by looking at David Alexander Sadler 90937.
But do we have the right serial?
DaveW ....Read More.||davew on 8th March 2008 11:21:21|
|400824 - Unaccounted airmen - 24-8-1940||Henk
yes, at Wigton. Did you see my post re
David ALEXANDER Sadler 90937?
DaveW ....Read More.||davew on 8th March 2008 11:46:06|
|400824 - Unaccounted airmen - 24-8-1940||We have a mystery here!
From 'Air Crashes in the Lake District' (apparently not the most reliable source)
which has the following entries
Botha Mk I L6160 1c OTU
Crew D Alexander 9093
D Lowry 94493
K Thompson 742868
The crew of this a/c perished when it crashed and burnt out while taking part in a night flying exercise. The crash site was near Balladoyle Farm, which subsequently became noted for a/c crashes.
Botha Mk 2 L6203 1c OTU
A/c crashed at Balladoyle Farm killing its crew of three. No further info. is available on this accident.
In the first case, the only casualty listed that can be attributed to the accident on the 24th is Thompson, registered at Wigton. Of the other two, Alexander & Lowry, I can find no trace. However Henk's Sadler was killed on the 24th and whos death is also registered at Wigton! I think we have two of the three crewmen.
There is also the matter of two Bothas crashing at the same place in the space of a few days. ABS records that it was L6203 that crashed at Balladoyle Farm on the 24th and L6160 at Horsforth, Yorks on the 25th May 1940.
So what was the serial of the other Botha at Balladoyle, if indeed there was one?
Any comments anyone?
DaveW ....Read More.||davew on 8th March 2008 10:52:38|
|400824 - Unaccounted airmen - 24-8-1940||Dave,
Botha L6160 lost 25-5-1940. 1st Offr ATA John T.W. CLARK crashed Horsforth, Leeds (death registered Wharfedale).
D. Alexander 9093 not in my files. The three on L6203 may have been Thompson, Sadler and Lowry.
No Botha loss on 28-8-1940.
Was Lowry's death also registered at Wigton ?
Henk. ....Read More.||Henk Welting on 8th March 2008 11:33:32|
|400824 - Unaccounted airmen - 24-8-1940||Yes Dave, read your info on D(avid) ALEXANDER Sadler 9093(7). All clear now. Thompson, Sadler and Lowrey on L6203.
One more thread on the board and finish for today.
Henk. ....Read More.||Henk Welting on 8th March 2008 12:22:05|