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Jagan
19th October 2019, 19:42
A big congratulations to Alex Smart for wrapping up the unfinished work of posting the Unaccounted airmen threads that the late Henk Welting had started. Thank you Alex for all the work.

1. The complete list of the Unaccounted threads by year is available at http://www.rafcommands.com/henk-weltings-unaccounted-thread-index/


I decided to pull some stats from the forum to see what this work had entailed.

The initial threads were posted on the old forum - starting Feb 1940, the threads can be found on this vbulletin software.

The first thread was started on 8 January 2007, and the last thread was started on 18 October 2019.
-It is 4667 days from the start date to the end date, end date included.
-Or 12 years, 9 months, 11 days including the end date.




There have been 2862 threads
There have been 18431 posts in these threads
342 users have contributed to these threads.


The top 30 posters on these threads along with the numbers..




Henk Welting
4213


wwrsimon
1907


malcolm_raf
1769


Alex Smart
1650


dennis_burke
1440


COL BRUGGY
1134


Dick
1009


paulmcmillan
756


Ross_McNeill
619


alclark
490


Martyn A Critchlow
473


davew
324


CZ_RAF
193


thorne83
186


Jagan
181


Amrit
166


Rich Allenby
163


AlanW
146


alieneyes
135


Resmoroh
127


Bill Walker
111


Theletterwriter
111


phill jones
98


John Larder
96


Lyffe
87


AL90
75


Ken MacLean
72


Marks
63


Andy Ingham
52


JohnE
49




The numbers are approximate but are probably 99% as close to accurate. And do not include the older archive.
Big thanks to all - especially the top posters here.

Errol Martyn
19th October 2019, 22:22
Well done and congratulations to all those who have contributed. A shame that Henk isn't here to see the results - perhaps he's smiling down from on high!

Errol

Alex Smart
19th October 2019, 23:38
Hello Jagan
Wow, so many !

I have always been puzzled why Henk had not started with an earlier date ? His database began with IIRC late1938. Was it because he had solved the earlier "unaccounted" that he only started in the later February 1940 date ?

Alex

dennis_burke
20th October 2019, 00:19
Very proud to read the above, imagine if I hadn't gone and gotten hitched in 2013 - come to think of it, the late nights I was putting in , I wonder where I got the time to find a lady so tolerant.

The posts are there to be added to at all times, even two nights ago we found a date of death that was two years out. I'm about three years behind in checking things.

So many little stories of lives lost have stayed in my mind, the WAAF killed by the plate she was cycling with, the airman who had a heart attack helping firemen putting out a haystack fire leaving a young family, the training accidents, the ones for whom life became to much.

Thanks to a great bunch of folks, big thanks to Alex, I'm very glad to see him getting his due thanks for this, and Henk for getting me hooked.

Jagan
20th October 2019, 02:35
Hello Jagan
Was it because he had solved the earlier "unaccounted" that he only started in the later February 1940 date ?



Hi Alex, the threads prior to Feb 1940 got caught in the old forum software and the spam trouble ... we can find those threads in the archive - as linked from this page (http://www.rafcommands.com/henk-weltings-unaccounted-thread-index/) they start from September 1939

the only surprise for me was there were some post Feb 1940 threads in the old forum archive.. and i think he may have started them in advance...

Alex Smart
21st October 2019, 00:28
Thanks Jagan, will take a look. Maybe could begin with January ?
Ah I see , this was new to me, although I do seem to recall a similar list sent to me years ago, now lost somewhere in the computers mind.
Another great list that is I expect mostly unknown to most members these days.
Needs reawakening .
Henk's 1939 list starts 3rd Sept with three names.There are six in CWGC.
Alex

CZ_RAF
21st October 2019, 07:58
I am very proud to be a part of this bunch and to be able to contribute by few bits and pieces.
Well done everyone!

Pavel

Jagan
21st October 2019, 23:01
Alex,

I was mistaken a bit.. the threads on this forum software start on June 10th, 1940.. so roughly about 9 months were on the older forum. That being said there are not many "Unaccounted" left from Sept 1939 till June 1940.



Year
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec


1939








4 (http://www.rafcommands.com/database/wardead/index.php?qdate=1939-09&qt=UN)
3 (http://www.rafcommands.com/database/wardead/index.php?qdate=1939-10&qt=UN)
5 (http://www.rafcommands.com/database/wardead/index.php?qdate=1939-11&qt=UN)
6 (http://www.rafcommands.com/database/wardead/index.php?qdate=1939-12&qt=UN)


1940
22 (http://www.rafcommands.com/database/wardead/index.php?qdate=1940-01&qt=UN)
19 (http://www.rafcommands.com/database/wardead/index.php?qdate=1940-02&qt=UN)
9 (http://www.rafcommands.com/database/wardead/index.php?qdate=1940-03&qt=UN)
20 (http://www.rafcommands.com/database/wardead/index.php?qdate=1940-04&qt=UN)
29 (http://www.rafcommands.com/database/wardead/index.php?qdate=1940-05&qt=UN)
12 (http://www.rafcommands.com/database/wardead/index.php?qdate=1940-06&qt=UN)




We could use the 1939-Unaccounted-Airmen-Database-Reconciliation (http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?23890-1939-Unaccounted-Airmen-Database-Reconciliation) or the 1940-Unaccounted-Airmen-Database-Reconciliation (http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?23881-1940-Unaccounted-Airmen-Database-Reconciliation) threads to wrap up the names that are not covered.

Jagan
4th October 2021, 03:59
I think we needed to revisit the post count for the contributors to the Unaccounted Threads - in light of the last stretch updates by Jon

24140 Posts in this Subforum for Unaccounted Airmen.



Henk Welting
4217


jonheyworth
2844


wwrsimon
2257


Alex Smart
2070


malcolm_raf
1948


dennis_burke
1485


COL BRUGGY
1284


Dick
1009


paulmcmillan
970


Ross_McNeill
624


alclark
490


Martyn A Critchlow
475


CZ_RAF
405


davew
338


Jagan
237


thorne83
186


Amrit
166


Rich Allenby
163


alieneyes
158


AlanW
146


Resmoroh
140


Bill Walker
111


Theletterwriter
111


phill jones
98


John Larder
96


Lyffe
92


AL90
76


Ken MacLean
72


RecklessRat
66


Marks
64