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Flight Lieutenant George ATKINSON (47413) of the Royal Air Force

Pilot Instructor

Circumstances of Death: Lost in aircraft Mosquito NFII HJ659
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Death of Death 1945-03-01 Age : 29 years.

Served in 54 OTU

Burial/Commemoration Details : Grave 3613. at Blyth Cemetery, United Kingdom


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Citation AIR81 Casualty File Description Link
AIR81/347Sergeant G Atkinson, Pilot Officer F H Ridley and Aircraftman 1st Class J S Thompson: report of deaths; Battle K9189 crashed at Donchery, France, 14 May 1940. Note: With photographsC14502151
AIR81/1393Sergeant G Atkinson: injured; Hurricane P3310 crashed off Southend, Essex, 14 August 1940.C14502759
AIR81/1469Corporal G Atkinson and Leading Aircraftman J Hoare: report of deaths. Sergeant R B Parham: injured in an enemy air raid on Royal Naval Air Station (RNAS) Lee-on-Solent, Hampshire, 16 August 1940.C14502891

London Gazette Mentions

NumberName /Text London Gazette Details
47413565476 George ATKINSONLondon Gazette issue : 35408 , Dated 1942-01-06 , Download #35408
47413G ATKINSON D F MLondon Gazette supplement : 35784 , Dated 1942-11-10 , Download #35784
47413G ATKINSON D F MLondon Gazette supplement : 36271 , Dated 1943-11-30 , Download #36271

Aircraft Accident / Loss Entry

Aircraft Name: Mosquito NF.II HJ659 Date of Crash: 1940-01-01 01 Mar 45 Unit 54 OTU Airfield /Crash Location , United Kingdom
Aircrew details
Rank Name, Number, Trade & Details DateUnit Country Cemetery/Memorial & Loc Ref
Flight LieutenantGeorge ATKINSON (47413) Pilot Instr Mosquito NFII HJ659  Forum Post 1945-03-0154 OTU United KingdomBlyth Cemetery
Flying OfficerAnthony Thomas Russell CLEEVE (160943) U/T Pilot Mosquito NFII HJ659  Forum Post 1945-03-0154 OTU United KingdomCharing (Kent County) Cremator
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