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Corporal Leslie FLANAGAN (507128) of the Royal Air Force


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Death of Death 1941-02-21 .

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More Details: SON OF HUGH AND LILY FLANAGAN, OF NOTTINGHAM, HUSBAND OF NELLIE FLANAGAN, OF RADFORD, NOTTINGHAM.

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29143 Flt Lt James Noel McAULEYLooks Like was in Ireland during WW2 working for Aer Lingus Leinster Leader - Saturday 28 December 1940 SHOCKING NAAS TRAGEDY LORRY CRASHES INTO BRIDGE SOLDIER KILLED A shocking road tragedy, resulting in the death of Pte. Patrick O’Neill (21), stationed at the Naas Military Barracks, and a native of Ferry bank, Co. Waterford, occurred at the Naas railway bridge about p.m. on Christmas Day. Deceased was accompanied by two other soldiers, when lorry, driven by Michael Flanagan, of Halverstown, Kilcullen. crashed into them, killing Pte. O’Neill instantaneously and seriously injuring Pte. T. Dillon, also stationed in the Naas Miltary Barracks, who was flung on to the railway line, a drop of about twenty-five feet. A third soldier escaped uninjured, except for shock. The lorry eventually careered over the bridge into the railway yard. It appears that the steering rod had become completely detached from the vehicle and it had then become uncontrollable. The driver and his helper. Patrick Flanagan, escaped injury. An inquest into the circumstances of the deceased’s death was held at the Curragh Military Hospital on Thursday. Dr. Jeremiah O’Neill. Coroner, presiding. Supt. Muldoon represented the Gardai, and Mr. D. P. O’Connor, solr., appeared for the lorry driver. Pte. Patrick Redmond related that on the evening in question he was coming up the railway bridge, intending to join the deceased and the two soldiers in front. When he was only a short distance away saw the lorry strike the parapet of the bridge on his left, rebound away and crash down the bridge on the opposite side. Patrick Flanagan (14), Halverstown, stated that he was acting as a helper upon a lorry driven by his brother. Michael, and owned by Mr. Roche. Rathcoole. His brother started at 7.30 a.m. from Halverstown and until the time of the accident was engaged in delivering empties and collecting full cans of milk. At the. time of the accident, about 3 o’clock, they had a load of empty cans. Before coming to the bridge they were travelling behind a car. which he believed was a V. 8.. which was just after passing them out. The lorry was doing 25 or 30 miles an hour at the time. Witness knew the junction of the Blesisngton road and the lorry was at this junction when it gave a sudden swerve to the right and struck the footpath. and with the force of it witness got blow on the head from the front of the cab and just remembered going down the embankment into the railway yard. The V.B. was about 20 yards in front at this time. His brother, just before the lorry crashed, made some remark about the steering having gone. Imediately after that his brother put on the brakes. Witness found the brake rod produced, but he did not hear it falling off or dragging, as the noise of the lorry prevented that. Witness. after the collision, escaped and ran up the bridge without looking at the lorry. Mr. James Noel McAuley, a pilot of Irish Air Lines, stated that he was proceeding from Dublin with his ....Read More.paulmcmillan on 9th January 2019 11:53:56
1941 Unaccounted Airmen Database ReconciliationHello Here are few more: Lionel Henry PHILLIPS (905311) - the Gloucestershire Echo of February 7th 1941 reported that he died in an R.A.F. Hospital and that death was due to pneumonia following a dislocation of a thigh. He is described as a sergeant air-gunner, and he joined the R.A.F. in June 1940. The Graves Registration Report Form on the CWGC entry gives his unit as 15 O.T.U. Rupert Bennett HESTER (62262) - the Banbury Advertiser of February 12th 1941 reported that he died in an R.A.F. Hospital, and that death was due to heart failure following an illness and an operation. Death was registered at Holderness. Gerald Herbert PITTAM (82764- the Western Mail of Thursday, February 6th 1941 reported the following: [I]Fatal Car Crash - Pilot Officer J. [sic] Pittam, of Richmond, London, died at the local hospital on Wednesday from injuries received when the motor-car he was driving collided with a bollard in Station Road, Port Talbot, late on Tuesday night.[/I] Doreen Louisa Dennis COOMBE (420605) - the National Probate Calendar records that she died at Newton Abbot Hospital. Joseph Benedict REYNOLDS (C/932) - see: [URL]http://www.yorkshire-aircraft.co.uk/aircraft/yorkshire/york41/v7026.html[/URL] Stanislaw BYLCZYNSKI - the Statutory Deaths Register on the Scotland's People website records that he was found dead in bed at 9.00 a.m. at 4 Crichton Road, Rothesay. Death was due to natural causes. He is described as "Officer, Polish Army." Leslie FLANAGAN (507128) - the Nottingham Evening Post of February 25th 1941 reported the following: [I]NOTTM. CORPORAL'S SUICIDE Fatal Shot After Firing at Sergeant Mr. C. R. Scorer (Lincoln South District Croner) conducted an inquest yesterday on Corporal Leslie Flanagan, of Radford, Nottingham. It was stated that Flanagan burst into an orderly room on Friday armed with a revolver, of which, according to a duty corporal, he had forcibly obtained possession. Then he fired at Sergt. Christopher Thompson, afterward committing suicide. It was stated that Flanagan had been drinking. A verdict of "suicide while the balance of the mind was disturbed owing to taking excessive alcohol," was recorded.[/I] James Grant MacCOUBREY D.F.M. (45200) - the Statutory Deaths Register on the Scotland's People website records that he died at 9.30 a.m. at Leanchoil Hospital in Forres due to extensive burns and shock. His unit is listed as 19 O.T.U. on the Graves Registration Report Form in his CWGC entry. Roger Frederick NEWMAN (927517) and Robert George HEWLETT-WHITAKER (1152416) - Master N8000 - see: [URL]http://www.rafcommands.com/database/air81/index.php?qname=&qcntry=&cur=450&qunit=&qnum=&qmem=&qdate=1941[/URL] Sidney CALVERT (1308756) - the Bedfordshire Times and Independent of February 28th 1941 reported that he died in a Bedford hospital due to septicaemia following a cut finger, with influenza a contributory factor. Regards Simon ....Read More.wwrsimon on 6th April 2019 09:59:07

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