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    Default F/O Robert William Young 9 Squadron 6/4/44

    Hi All,

    I wonder if anyone can help with info as to how F/O R.W.Young of Scalloway,Shetland,died?

    He served with 9 squadron and is buried Madras War Cemetery, but using Geoff`s search engine I can find no other aircrew of this squadron lost on this date to tie him in with a crew as such. The Squadron according to `Squadrons of the RAF` by Jim Halley were flying Lancs at that time but were based at Badney, so I am wondering if he had perhaps been ferrying? or sent over there for Instruction?

    Any help as always gratefully received.

    Regards
    Dave

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    Hi Dave,

    I think it probably means 9 Squadron Indian Air Force. Formed at Lahore 3/1/44 with Hurricane IICs
    4/4/44 Amarda Road.
    Flew its first operation 29/4/44.

    Mark

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    Thanks Mark,

    Perhaps he was lost in a Hurricane? I know that Shetland archives say he was Killed On Active Service, so rather sounds like an accident possibly in training if Ops didn`t start until 29/4/44.

    Anyone have a Hurri with 9 sq lost on this date?

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    Dave,
    Cause of death, acute heart failure, due to coronary artery coclusion, RAF Station sick quarters.

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    Thanks Alan,

    Looks like the Shetland archive should read `*Died on Active Service` rather than *Killed.

    Why was he be buried at Madras though? Where was the airfield?

    Regards
    Dave

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    Either he died in an RAF station sick quarters near Madras or the burial was concentrated there after the war, see the history of the cemetery:
    http://www.cwgc.org/search/cemetery_details.aspx?cemetery=2015100&mode=1

    Google maps tells me that its way down the east coast of India from the former air base.
    use the get directiosn function of google maps to show you them relative to each other.
    Dennis Burke
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    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
    www.ww2irishaviation.com

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    The address given as only Stn Sick Quarters, Armarda Road, India.

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    Amarda Road is halfway between Madras and Calcutta.

    He is shown in my WW2 database for 9 Sqn RIAF.

    http://www.bharat-rakshak.com/IAF/Database/Units/WW2/9%20Squadron

    20 Feb 44 Fg Offr R W Young RAF Bhopal

    I can check the ORBs later on and update if any further details are given..

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