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    Default Unaccounted airmen - 13-8-1940

    What caused the death of following airmen. Left out burial locations because so many names involved.

    A - Killed on active service (while engaged on non-operational flying duties or on the ground through enemy action) may have been killed in air raid:

    AC2 James B. BRAWLEY - 986486 - 266 Sqn (Eastleigh, Hampshire)
    AC2 Joseph P. BRERETON - 997958
    AC2 John H. BRETT - 928834
    Cpl Albert H. CASSELEY - 13633
    AC2 William J. CROTE - 1010974
    Cpl George DEELEY - 326721
    AC2 Harold S. HEAYES - 928835
    AC2 Alfred V. HEDGES - 928825
    AC2 Mervyn E. JOHNS - 648365
    AC2 John A. JONES - 951462
    S/Ldr Louis De L. LEDER - 11191
    AC2 Joseph LEONARD - 928164
    AC1 James McDONALD - 639844
    P/O Arthur D. MOUNTSTEPHEN - 79753
    AC2 Lionel J.A. MUNKS - 928833
    AC2 John TUOHY - 1251644
    AC2 Brinley WILLIAMS - 929009
    AC2 Cecil WRIGHT - 636510

    B - Died of wounds or injuries received on active service:

    AC1 Edwin G. ASKEW - 900240

    C - Killed on active service:

    Sgt Leo C.R. HILL - 956258
    F/Sgt William H.G. LOHAM - 365473

    D - Killed/died this date but not listed Flight archives:

    Sgt (Obs) Denis W. BUTLER - 759274

    E - Listed in Flight 29-8-1940 as being wounded or injured on active service, however killed 13-8-1940 and buried Trowbridge Cemetery:

    P/O (Pilot) Michael A. SIMS - 42364

    Proposed aircraft losses for this day:

    Hurricane I - P2692 - 56 Sqn - shot down near Southend, Essex (In Vol.1 Fighter Command Losses: N2429 ? 'T' F/O P.F.M. Davies, wounded. Patrol. Baled out after attack by Me 110 over Sheppey 1620; swam ashore). AB Serials for N2429: 245 Sqn, to Admiralty 7.12.41)
    Master I - N7677 - 8 FTS - crashed on take-off at night 1 mile N of Edzell
    Spitfire I - R6830 - 4 FPP - crashed in forced landing Stapleford Abbots, Essex
    Spitfire I - R6880 - 4 FPP - hit balloon barrage Brockworth, Gloucestershire.

    F - Following names already on file as being killed in an air raid on Detling, Kent:

    F/O (Signals Offr) Harold M. ASPEN - 35328 - 53 Sqn
    Cpl (Fitter-I) William F. BATEMAN - 563962 - 53 Sqn
    AC2 (Fitter/Rigger) George BOOTH - 943762 - 53 Sqn
    AC2 Albert F. BROOKER - 1168029
    AC1 Leonard E. BROOKES - 573086
    LAC William COLLERTON - 526331
    LAC (Fitter/Rigger) Arthur F. DANCASTER - 567998 - 53 Sqn
    G/Cpt Edward P.M. DAVIS - AFC - AM - Runnymede Panel 289 - O.C. 53 Sqn
    Sgt Haney C.R. HOPWOOD - 903368 - 500 Sqn
    S/Ldr James H. LOWE - 33119
    Sgt Frederick MESSENT - 812073 - 500 Sqn
    AC2 William NEALE - 812304 - 500 Sqn
    LAC (Fitter-II) Ronald O'KELLY - 569631 - 53 Sqn
    S/Ldr (Flight Commander) Dennis C. OLIVER - 34109 - 53 Sqn
    Cpl (Fitter-I) John I. PRICE - 510925 - 53 Sqn
    Sgt (C/Rigger) William H.L. RICHARDS - 343318 - 53 Sqn
    AC2 (WOp) John W.S. SMITH - 644581 - 53 Sqn
    AC1 Leslie A. WATCHOUS - 812240 - 500 Sqn.

    Sorry for the long thread. Regards and thanks for your help.
    Henk.

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    Henk

    AC 1 639844 MacDonald was killed along with Sgt L.C.R. Hill in Master N7677, see the ORB entry below, it has Sgt Hill's last initial wrong but is confirmed by his service number.

    August 13th 1940, “Master aircraft N7677 crashed near Edzell 956258 Sgt Hill, L.C.E.,
    instructor of AT Squadron and 639844 AC1, MacDonald, J. passenger, were killed.”

    Alan
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    Peak District Air Accident Research

    http://www.peakdistrictaircrashes.co.uk/

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    Henk,

    Sgt (Obs) Denis W. BUTLER - 759274
    KoAS, Times Honour Roll 31 August 1940.

    Incidentally, all of the eighteen men in your "A" list above are also KoAS in the 31 August Honour Roll.
    Last edited by Ken MacLean; 27th February 2008 at 19:35.

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    Hi Henk

    Not a lot - but I have P/O Sims as the pilot of Hurricane R6880 that collided with the balloon cable.

    Cheers
    Brian

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    Hi Henk
    The following are registered at Sheppey(nearest a/f Eastchurch)
    Brawley
    Brett 23
    Heayes 23
    Hedges 20
    Johns 18
    Leonard 22
    Munks 23
    Williams 23
    Wright 28
    Brereton 25 and Jones 18 are registered at Maidstone and Casseley 39,Crote26, and Deeley 37 are registered at Hollingbourne. All are within range of Detling and could be air raid casualties perhaps taken off the station for treatment. Leder 42 and Mountstephen are both registered at Andover. I haven't had a chance to see if the two airfields were raided on this date which is the earlier stages of the B-o-B
    Regards
    Dick

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    Hi Henk
    Just taking a couple of names from those you believe were involved in an Air raid at Detling,
    I find Aspen,42 registered at Hollingbourne and S/Ldr Oliver,27 registered at Maidstone.This might place some of your A list at Detling as well as it is close to both
    Regards
    Dick

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    Dear friends,
    What would my 'unaccounted listing' look like without your valuable help. Thank you so much for all this excellent info.
    Regards,
    Henk.

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    Hi Henk
    Iv'e found a Denis Butler(no middle initial), age 20, registered at Andover. From the B-o-B Diary there was a morning raid on Eastchurch on the Isle of Sheppey and later in the day Detling and Canterbury, among others, were also raided, these are all locations where the Death Registrations of many of your "candidates" could have originated. I found to my surprise that 13/08/40 was what the Germans named as "Adler Tag", I had forgotten the significance of that
    Regards
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    Firstly, Brian R6880 was definately a Spitfire and NOT a Hurricane

    See also http://fishponds.org.uk/puckle.html

    P/O (Pilot) Michael A. SIMS - 42364


    Secondly


    http://www.raf.mod.uk/Bob1940/august13.html


    Aerodromes
    It would appear from reports to hand that Detling suffered the most severely. Several buildings were hit - 8 Blenheims are reported to have been destroyed and the casualties are said to be 10 killed and more than 40 injured.

    Andover was also attacked at 1700 hours on the 13th when approximately 12 bombs were dropped. Headquarters offices and officer's quarters were extensively damaged. One aircraft also damaged. The casualties are reported to be 2 killed and 1 injured.

    Eastchurch
    A heavy scale attack was reported and approximately 12 large craters and 6 small ones were made on the aerodrome. Aircraft at dispersal points were undamaged.

    Further reports will be issued as and when details are to hand.

    Casualties on Ground by Enemy Action:
    To RAF Personnel - 12 killed, 41 injured.
    To others - 23 killed, 177 injured.


    Andover appears to be Butler and/or Leder and/or Mountstephen - Though I note 2 Killed plus 1 injured = 3

    Detling/Eastchurch for what Dick has already posted..
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    Thanks Paul for your help. My 'unaccounted' list has many names for the next days in August 1940 and it seems that casualties were from Croydon and Driffield. Will name them all in threads to come.
    Regards,
    Henk.

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