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    Default 430719 - Unaccounted airmen - 19-7-1943

    What were the places of death registration for:

    A - Not found in Flight Global:
    F/Lt Alec P. DIXON - 80616;
    F/O Hugh A. TAPPER - 123690 - 2768 RAF Sqn;
    ATC Cadet Derek COLVER - age 15, and
    ATC Cadet Arthur R. DAVIS - age 16.

    B - Died on active service:
    AC2 Raymond E. EALES - 1875691, and
    AC2 Frank E.J. PRIDHAM - 1588063.

    C - Proposed aircraft losses:
    Master I - N7703 - 10 FIS - crashed in forced landing Castle End Farm, near Twyford, Berkshire.
    Master II - AZ729 - 17 (P)AFU - crashed in forced landing Trevalyn Farm, Rossett, Denbighshire.
    Master II - DL373 - 3 GTS - undershot landing at Northleach.
    Master II - DL491 - 3 GTS - flew into ground Stoke Orchard (already as a casualty on this a/c: Sgt [Pilot] A.R. Thorougood - 1238936).
    Oxford I - HN772 - 285 Sqn - broke up in air - crashed Dorsett Road, Frier Park, West Bromwich, Staffordshire (already as a casualty on this a/c: F/Sgt [Pilot] R. Dean - 937256).

    D - Furthermore looking for cause of death of following airmen:
    LAC Frank LAWTON - 1206221 - 38 SFTS (Estevan, Saskatchewan, Canada) buried at Estevan (not found in Flight Global);
    LAC James H. PASS - 1393404 - 32 Wing - commemorated Panel 9 Column 2 of the Malta Memorial (not found in Flight Global), and
    LAC George SMITH - 984117 - 38 Wing - commemorated Panel 9 Column 2 of the Malta Memorial (reported 'Missing' in Casualty Communiqué Nr. 321, Flight Global 16-12-1943 page 682).

    Regards and thanks for your help.
    Henk.

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    Dixon, Chelsea
    Tapper, Swindon
    Colver, West Bromwich - Oxford HN772
    Davis, West Bromwich - OXford HN772

    Eales, Wycombe
    Pridham, Plymouth
    Alan Clark

    Peak District Air Accident Research

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    Thanks Al for prompt reply; much appreciated.

    Henk.

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    Hello Henk,

    Please find detailed below extract from No.285 Squadron ORB:

    "19.07.43 Today saw the worst and most regrettable accident in the Units existence, 937256 F/Sgt Dean, R, Pilot was the pilot of Oxford aircraft HN.772 which took off at 14.05 on a Light Anti Aircraft Co-operation course which included shallow dive attacks on a gun post in the West Bromwich area. He had as passengers two ATC Cadets - A.R. Davies of Balsall Common and D. Colver of Coventry, who were with the ATC Summer Camp at this station (Honiley), At 14.25 news was received that this aircraft had crashed after the port wing had disintegrated at the end of a shallow dive and had crashed into some houses. All three occupants were killed instantly and a civilian was injured. The aircraft was totally wrecked and five houses damaged."

    Trust this may be of interest.

    Kind regards,

    Tim

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    Thanks Tim for the additional info on the loss of Oxford HN722; vermy much appreciated and file amended.
    Regards,
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    Henk,

    Re: 80616 F/Lt Alec Paul DIXON.

    Dixon died on 19 July 1943, at Brompton Hospital (Chelsea), as a result of illness contracted on war service abroad.

    The Times. Wed. July 21, 1943. p.1

    Col.

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    Thanks Col for info on DIXON; will add this to his file.

    Henk.

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    Could Pass & Smith be connected to loss of 295 Sq. Halifax returning to England after towing gliders out to North Africa

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    No idea John. The Halifax was DK 131 and I've six casualties on file:
    F/O J.W. BEWICK - 124853 - Malta Memorial
    and on the Runnymede Memorial:
    F/Sgt R.H. COWLEY - RCAF R/143634;
    Sgt W.H. SHAW - 1507319;
    F/Sgt J. TRAVIS - 1479623;
    Sgt R.E. TOMLIN - 1289980, and
    Sgt E.A. ANCELL - 1320257.

    Perhaps Bruno, our 38 Group specialist, could add more to this.
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    They were not on DK131 according to 'Though withour Anger'

    Malcolm

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