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markpeelgb
1st November 2021, 09:55
Having had a good deal of help from this wonderful forum in building my own database of RAF and WAAF personnel who died as a result of enemy action on the home front, I hope to contribute information I have gained from my own work to this project.

To make a start:

424490 Aircraftwoman 2nd Class Gertrude Emily Ellner (13 February 1941): based on burial and other records, ACW2 Ellner was killed at 53 Borthwick Road, Hendon, by a very large bomb that also killed 78 other people in Argyle, Borthwick and Ravenstone Roads. The incident is described in various places, including the second volume of The Blitz: Then and Now.

jonheyworth
1st November 2021, 12:06
Thank you Mark,

Every one is one less . Iím sure Jagan will pick up any updates you make !

Cheers

Jon

markpeelgb
2nd November 2021, 10:13
922882 AC2 Basil Thomas Mitchell, age 19.

Based on his burial record, and information from the AIR81 provided by www.yorkshire-aircraft.co.uk, AC2 Mitchell was injured in an air raid at Church Fenton Aerodrome on 28 October 1940 and died in hospital at York on 1 November 1940.

Jagan
2nd November 2021, 15:29
Thanks Mark, for joining in the party!. Will keep getting the updates from this thread..

markpeelgb
2nd November 2021, 19:08
Thanks Jagan: glad I can be of help. I have several more to post in the next few days.

markpeelgb
3rd November 2021, 12:14
1157195 Aircraftman 1st Class William Edwin Ronald Few, who died on 14 November 1940.

An article in the North Devon Journal (21 November 1940) reports that members of a former Ilfracombe family were killed in air raid on London. As well as Albert and Fanny Parkhouse and their son Charles, their "nephew Ronnie Few" also died. Based on information for the Parkhouse family from the Civilian War Dead register, and his date of death, this confirms that AC1 Few was injured in this incident, on November 12 at a shelter at 184 Wandsworth Road in Lambeth, and died two days later in hospital.

markpeelgb
4th November 2021, 12:27
1325939 Aircraftman 2nd Class Thomas Grainger JEFFERSON

A report in the Essex Newsman, 22 February 1941, confirms that Aircraftman 2nd Class Jefferson was killed in an air raid at Braintree, Essex, on 14 February 1941. The report states that he died alongside 'his girl', Miss Daphne Prior, whose entry in the Civilian War Dead roll indicates that she died at Coggeshall Road, Braintree.

markpeelgb
5th November 2021, 12:22
1200688 Aircraftman 2nd Class Thomas Edward HARDIMAN

The ORB for 903 Balloon Squadron shows that AC2 Hardiman was killed as a result of enemy action at Camberwell Green in the London borough of Camberwell on 29 December 1940. While this raid is well-known for the fire damage inflicted on the City of London, there were also heavy casualties south of the river; AC2 Hardiman was one of seventy people killed in Camberwell by this raid.

markpeelgb
6th November 2021, 10:40
1191465 Aircraftman 2nd Class John Thomas BENNETT
1104776 Aircraftman 1st Class Joseph Sidney HEMLEY
743644 Leading Aircraftman Herbert Arthur HILL
313188 Sergeant William NEWELL
799787 Leading Aircraftman Joseph WOOLGAR

These five airmen's deaths were registered in Chichester, making RAF Tangmere the most likely location. In their history of Tangmere (Tangmere, Famous Royal Air Force Fighter Station, An Authorised History), Reginald Byron and David Coxon provide details from the station ORB confirming that five airmen were killed in an air raid at Tangmere in the early morning of 9 April 1941, when two barrack blocks were damaged.

markpeelgb
7th November 2021, 10:37
976241 Leading Aircraftman Robert TOOLE

LAC Toole's death is registered at Sodbury (Gloucestershire) and while I have not located any direct statement that he was killed in the air raid on the aerodrome at Filton on 11 April 1941, it seems a reasonable deduction. Two other airmen died in that raid, and the notice of LAC Toole's death in the Lancashire Evening Post on 19 April uses the term 'suddenly', which in other examples covered in my research was used as a kind of euphemism for 'killed by bombing' in death and funeral notices. The station ORB has not yet been digitised, but perhaps someone who has seen it can confirm whether or not this deduction is accurate.

jonheyworth
7th November 2021, 10:53
976241 Leading Aircraftman Robert TOOLE

LAC Toole's death is registered at Sodbury (Gloucestershire) and while I have not located any direct statement that he was killed in the air raid on the aerodrome at Filton on 11 April 1941, it seems a reasonable deduction. Two other airmen died in that raid, and the notice of LAC Toole's death in the Lancashire Evening Post on 19 April uses the term 'suddenly', which in other examples covered in my research was used as a kind of euphemism for 'killed by bombing' in death and funeral notices. The station ORB has not yet been digitised, but perhaps someone who has seen it can confirm whether or not this deduction is accurate.

Iíll check Toole for you Mark

jonheyworth
8th November 2021, 11:19
Iíll check Toole for you Mark

Robert Toole 976241, attached to RAF Filton, bombing casualty at 02:30 hours at RAF Filton. Body to mortuary at RAF Station Filton

markpeelgb
11th November 2021, 09:05
A correction this time;

350903 Flight Sergeant Richard Francis STICKLAND

Flight Sergeant Stickland is currently shown as one of the numerous casualties at Biggin Hill on August 30, 1940. Information from a newspaper article (in the original thread) and probate indicates that he was killed at 25 Dundas Street, Queensferry, Flintshire, a house in which he and his family were living while he was based nearby (RAF Sealand, more than likely).

markpeelgb
11th November 2021, 09:28
And one I can clear up, though not caused by enemy action:

612253 Leading Aircraftman Samuel Edward DEVLIN (7 September 1940)

According to a report in the Liverpool Daily Post on 12 September 1940, LAC Devlin was found dead on the railway line at Sealand Station, Cheshire. An inquest found that he had died from "injuries accidentally received through falling on to the line".

jonheyworth
11th November 2021, 19:11
1191465 Aircraftman 2nd Class John Thomas BENNETT
1104776 Aircraftman 1st Class Joseph Sidney HEMLEY
743644 Leading Aircraftman Herbert Arthur HILL
313188 Sergeant William NEWELL
799787 Leading Aircraftman Joseph WOOLGAR

These five airmen's deaths were registered in Chichester, making RAF Tangmere the most likely location. In their history of Tangmere (Tangmere, Famous Royal Air Force Fighter Station, An Authorised History), Reginald Byron and David Coxon provide details from the station ORB confirming that five airmen were killed in an air raid at Tangmere in the early morning of 9 April 1941, when two barrack blocks were damaged.

I checked these lads for you Mark, positively all killed at 06:00 hours by bombing at Tangmere

markpeelgb
13th November 2021, 09:15
And another not caused by enemy action:

926791 Aircraftman 2nd Class Robert FOSTER (15 September 1940)

According to a report in the Gloucestershire Echo of 19 September 1940, AC2 Foster was killed in a "cliff accident" near Torquay.

markpeelgb
13th November 2021, 10:42
And one more:

637543 Aircraftman 1st Class Ralph William Gibson

A report in the Hampshire Telegraph on 4 October 1940 states that AC1 Gibson died after his motorcycle hit a lorry at the Bursledon Towers crossroads.

markpeelgb
14th November 2021, 13:23
And another not related to enemy action:

73933 Flying Officer Norman Gordon Stewart-Dawson

While I could not find references in the British press, two New Zealand newspapers (the Gisborne Herald and the Timaru Herald) carried a story that Flying Officer Stewart-Dawson, who had won a VC during the First World War, had been killed in a car accident in London on 15 October 1940. He had a strong Australasian connection, having spent some time in Sydney during the 1930s.

markpeelgb
14th November 2021, 13:33
And one more:

964076 Aircraftman 2nd Class Kenneth Vaughan SIMPSON

An extract from a newspaper in the Andrews Newspaper Index Cards states that AC2 Simpson was "killed in an accident while on active service".

jonheyworth
14th November 2021, 14:08
And one more:

964076 Aircraftman 2nd Class Kenneth Vaughan SIMPSON

An extract from a newspaper in the Andrews Newspaper Index Cards states that AC2 Simpson was "killed in an accident while on active service".

I'll check him for you Mark

jonheyworth
15th November 2021, 17:13
964076 Aircraftman 2nd Class Kenneth Vaughan SIMPSON

Attached to number 2 SFTS , Road accident 21:00 Hours, near Oxford, dead on arrival at Radcliffe Infirmary

markpeelgb
17th November 2021, 12:02
744543 Leading Aircraftman Frederick GIBSON (10 November 1940)

Based on various sources, it is highly probable that LAC Gibson was injured in an air raid on Pembroke Dock on 6 November 1940 and died in hospital four days later.

markpeelgb
17th November 2021, 12:25
1259113 Aircraftman 2nd Class Alan James STEVENS (November 10, 1940)

While based at Catterick, according to the Roll of Honour, AC2 Stevens was killed in an air raid at Woolwich, London, on November 10, 1940, probably while on leave as he was born and grew up in this area.

markpeelgb
18th November 2021, 12:20
1309401 Aircraftman 2nd Class Henry William Humphreys (November 16, 1940)

As noted in the Roll of Civilian War Dead, AC2 Humphreys was killed at his home, 33 Janson Road, Stratford, West Ham, along with his wife Edna Minnie Humphreys (nee Tricker).

paulmcmillan
18th November 2021, 13:45
Also killed at 33 Janson Road, Stratford, West Ham

Doris Charlotte Humphreys
Civilian
Civilian War Dead
United Kingdom
Died 16 November 1940
32 years old
WEST HAM, COUNTY BOROUGH
Civilian War Dead

paulmcmillan
18th November 2021, 13:46
Joseph Hubbard
Civilian
Civilian War Dead
United Kingdom
Died 16 November 1940
65 years old
WEST HAM, COUNTY BOROUGH
Civilian War Dead
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Alice Hubbard
Civilian
Civilian War Dead
United Kingdom
Died 16 November 1940
70 years old
WEST HAM, COUNTY BOROUGH
Civilian War Dead

These 2 died next door - so definitely killed in bombing

markpeelgb
21st November 2021, 10:03
937424 Aircraftman 2nd Class Frank Roy DALTON
1109587 Aircraftman 2nd Class James George FORBES
1070559 Aircraftman 2nd Class William Crossan McDONALD
1108072 Aircraftman 2nd Class Michael Francis McHUGH

To add more detail to what the entries already show, further sources and accounts confirm that these four airmen were all killed in the collapse of Marples Hotel, Fitzalan Square, Sheffield, on 12 December 1940. In a raid that killed more than five hundred people, this one incident caused nearly seventy deaths.

markpeelgb
21st November 2021, 11:28
1290932 Aircraftman 2nd Class Arthur LYON

I believe we may have a solution to the puzzle of AC2 Lyon. As noted in an earlier thread, someone with this name was recorded in the Civilian War Dead roll as killed along with more than a dozen other prisoners at Pentonville Prison in Islington on May 10, 1941. However, that record identifies him as a seaman in the Merchant Navy with a home address in Kings Lynn, Norfolk.

An article in the Lynn News and County Press (1 April 1941) states that Lyon admitted to a series of thefts in London and to being a deserter from the RAF and that he was ordered to be detained and then handed over to the Metropolitan Police.

A later story (27 May 1941) states that AC2 Lyon had been killed in London 'as a result of war operations'. He was buried in a common grave for servicemen at Acton Cemetery.

So, I think we can conclude that the Civilian War Dead record is incorrect, perhaps because of a mix-up between different prisoners, and that the Arthur Lyon killed at Pentonville was AC2 Lyon.

jonheyworth
21st November 2021, 16:03
1290932 Aircraftman 2nd Class Arthur LYON

I believe we may have a solution to the puzzle of AC2 Lyon. As noted in an earlier thread, someone with this name was recorded in the Civilian War Dead roll as killed along with more than a dozen other prisoners at Pentonville Prison in Islington on May 10, 1941. However, that record identifies him as a seaman in the Merchant Navy with a home address in Kings Lynn, Norfolk.

An article in the Lynn News and County Press (1 April 1941) states that Lyon admitted to a series of thefts in London and to being a deserter from the RAF and that he was ordered to be detained and then handed over to the Metropolitan Police.

A later story (27 May 1941) states that AC2 Lyon had been killed in London 'as a result of war operations'. He was buried in a common grave for servicemen at Acton Cemetery.

So, I think we can conclude that the Civilian War Dead record is incorrect, perhaps because of a mix-up between different prisoners, and that the Arthur Lyon killed at Pentonville was AC2 Lyon.

I'll check this out for you Mark to confirm

Jagan
21st November 2021, 22:41
All Updates done to this point

jonheyworth
22nd November 2021, 09:58
I'll check this out for you Mark to confirm

Yes its correct, good detective work and what a tale, his official details just say killed by bombing at Pentonville Prison

markpeelgb
22nd November 2021, 10:40
1056620 Aircraftman 1st Class James CURNYN

Based on accounts of the incident and death records, it is highly probable that AC1 Curnyn was the aircraftman who was killed in an air raid on Rochford Aerodrome on May 11, 1941.

markpeelgb
25th November 2021, 12:20
1352331 Aircraftman 1st Class Eric Sydney ORBELL (4 February 1941)

An article in the Buckinghamshire Examiner (14 February 1941) confirms that AC1 Orbell died from wounds as the result of enemy action. He was based at Waterbeach, and the IBBC Losses Database confirms that he was injured in the air raid on Waterbeach Aerodrome on February 3, 1941, dying in a nearby hospital on the next day.

markpeelgb
25th November 2021, 12:26
One that is probably unrelated to enemy action:

1173610 Aircraftman 2nd Class Robin MABBOTT (5 February 1941)

An entry in the IBBC Losses Database reports that he died from status epilepticus (a prolonged and severe epileptic fit) in the station sick quarters at Mildenhall.

markpeelgb
26th November 2021, 11:25
149389 Corporal John Dean WHEELER
1021337 Aircraftman 2nd Class John William TAYLOR

During the night of March 15, 1941, Balloon Barrage Site 2/5 in Kidbrooke Park, Greenwich, was bombed. One aircraftman--George Purvis--was killed. The ORB states that two other personnel were injured. AC2 Taylor died shortly afterwards from his injuries, and Corporal Wheeler died on March 18.

markpeelgb
27th November 2021, 11:59
541779 Corporal Victor Albert Tompkins (3 April 1941)

Corporal Tompkins was injured in an air raid at Warmwell Aerodrome on 1 April 1941, and died of his injuries two days later.

Jagan
27th November 2021, 16:32
Updated to this point. 5,172 are still unaccounted.

markpeelgb
28th November 2021, 11:52
1269454 Aircraftman 2nd Class Robert GOY

We know from AC2 Goy's headstone that he died as a result of enemy action. Various bits of information, including the hospital discharge certificate, confirm that he died at Claybury Emergency Hospital in Ilford on April 20, 1941, from injuries received in the explosion of an aerial mine. The mine destroyed the Prince of Wales pub on Manor Road in Chigwell on April 19, killing forty-one people.

markpeelgb
28th November 2021, 12:05
1269454 Aircraftman 2nd Class Geoffrey Albert GOODWIN

Based on his death registration and a newspaper death notice, it is clear that AC2 Goodwin was killed by the land mine that destroyed the Prince of Wales pub on Manor Road in Chigwell on April 19, killing forty-one people.

markpeelgb
3rd December 2021, 11:11
Another home front death not related to enemy action:

524501 Corporal William Thomas Avery

According to the death certificate (attached to an Ancestry family tree), Corporal Avery died at the Haslar Royal Naval Hospital (Gosport, Hampshire) on 20 July 1941. The cause of death was given as haemorrhage from oesophageal varicose (a condition that is often linked to severe liver disease).

markpeelgb
4th December 2021, 13:55
1633524 Aircraftman 2nd Class Joshua Arthur Bradley

AC2 Bradley was killed in an air raid at Lumley Avenue, Skegness, on 27 July 1942, as was AC2 Cecil Scales and five civilians.

markpeelgb
6th December 2021, 12:43
1222656 Leading Aircraftman George Henry PALLEN

Based on his grave record, LAC Pallen died as a result of enemy action; other evidence places him as one of the two victims of a hit-and-run raid on Lewes, Sussex, on 20 January 1943.

markpeelgb
7th December 2021, 11:29
1282659 Leading Aircraftman Edward James MURPHY

LAC Murphy was killed in an air raid at Hove, Sussex, on 29 March 1943, probably while he was on leave in what was his home town.

markpeelgb
10th December 2021, 14:20
411512 Flight Sergeant John WILLIAMS

Flight Sergeant Williams was killed at his home, 91 Guinness Buildings, King's Road, Chelsea, on 23 February 1944, one of the Operation Steinbock (or 'Baby Blitz') raids. He was one of fifty-nine people killed on the estate that night; another twenty-five people died in nearby streets.

markpeelgb
12th December 2021, 13:03
69561 Flight Lieutenant Ernest Reginald HARRIS

To augment the information we already have, Flight Lieutenant Harris was one of the eight people killed by a flying bomb that hit Carey Mansions in Rutherford Street, Westminster, on the morning of 18 June 1944.

markpeelgb
12th December 2021, 13:40
1205402 Corporal Augustus William SPACEY

Corporal Spacey was killed by a V-1 at his home, 14 Duncroft, Woolwich, on 23 June 1944.

markpeelgb
13th December 2021, 13:33
1250716 Corporal Reginald William Henry BAWDEN

Based on his death certificate, Corporal Bawden was killed by a V-1 at Hoe Street, Walthamstow, on 16 August 1944. More than twenty other people died when the flying bomb hit shops at the junction of Hoe Street, High Street and Church Hill.

markpeelgb
13th December 2021, 13:35
1461348 Leading Aircraftman John Yiannis KOURATOU

Inferring from the registration of his death and his unit connection to a known casualty of this incident (Corporal Reginald Bawden), there is a reasonable case that LAC Kouratou was killed by a V-1 at Hoe Street, Walthamstow, on 16 August 1944. More than twenty other people died when the flying bomb hit shops at the junction of Hoe Street, High Street and Church Hill.

jonheyworth
13th December 2021, 13:55
I seem to recall they were driving a truck down the street at the time of the incident ?

markpeelgb
13th December 2021, 14:04
Corporal Bawden's death certificate gives his place of death as 'Stoffer's Fish Shop, Hoe Street'. The shop was on the north-west corner of the junction of Hoe Street and Church Hill. As you will know better than I, precise locations of death were determined by a range of factors, but this certainly doesn't rule out being in a truck in the street.

markpeelgb
14th December 2021, 12:06
A correction this time:

1250323 Warrant Officer Harold Linthorne BUTLER was killed by a V-1 at Maryon Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, on 1 September 1944.

markpeelgb
16th December 2021, 11:51
1223062 Corporal Lawrence George GARLAND

Corporal Garland was injured by a V-2 rocket at his home, 4A Panmure Road, Sydenham, London, on 14 January 1945, and died in the Southeastern Hospital for Children on 19 January.

markpeelgb
17th December 2021, 12:01
1891523 Sergeant Leslie George Bert EDMONDS

Sergeant Edmonds was killed by a V-2 rocket at 44 Duncroft, Woolwich, on 26 February 1945. His parents were among the dozen civilians who died in the same incident.

Alex Smart
15th May 2022, 22:30
Hello Mark,
I got the VC details from this earlier forum post.
http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?28089-The-Unaccounted-Project-RAF-and-WAAF-casualties-from-enemy-action-on-the-home-front/page2&highlight=STEWART-DAWSON&p=167445#post167445