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    Default Details on three deaths needed. !

    Gents,

    Looking for details on the following airman killed on active service.

    R.H.E Hollis Sgt pilot killed 17/6/1947
    D.H O Brien AC II killed 15/5/1943
    B Wykes F/O RAFVR killed 14/8/1942

    Thanks in advance

    Steve
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    Wykes was killed in Oxford ED133 of 3 PAFU at Fairford Park. The other fatal casualty was Sgt A V Langridge.

    The cause seems to have been loss of control during a night overshoot and at 500 feet on the climb out, the aircraft suddenly dived into the ground. The raeson behind the loss of control was not established.

    Can't find Hollis as being in an aircraft accident on that date and don't know anything about Brien.

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    Hi Steve

    I have O'Brien in Beaufort I, EL131 of No 5 (C) OTU which crashed near Castledawson in County Londonderry.

    There is no R H E Holis (RAF) listed on the Armed Forces Memorial

    Malcolm

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    Hollis is on CWGC as No.242 Sqn, they lost York MW224 at Oakington that day with 5 casualties.
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    The Hollis on MW224 is PII Rayomd Bartlett not Sgt R H E Hollis

    Malcolm

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    Yes, quite right but PII was a Sergeant , and aircrew position matches, as does the surname, ok the date of death given by the op is the previous month.

    Steve what was the original source for the names and their dates of death?

    One other thing that is worth noting is the entry on the CWGC about his brother, Cpl Harold Edward Hollis who is listed on Runnymede from 29-04-1941. Are we looking at confusion between the two names?
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    The only Hollis in the CWGC registers as being RAF and 1947 is R B Hollis and his date of death is 1 Jul 47.

    As reported above, he was the co-pilot of York MW224 which crashed after a botched overshoot on three engines (port outer had been feathered).

    Clearly we need to look elsewhere for R H E Hollis

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    Default ......... And I've looked elsewhere.......

    .......... and the man in question is Sgt Reginald Harold E HOLLIS age 19. His date of death is actually 17 June 1943 (not 1947). That explains why he is a Sgt and not a Pilot II.

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    Sgt Reginald Harold E HOLLIS age 19

    Death Registered Alloa CLackmannan

    which means

    either

    Spitfire IIA P7978 58 OTU -Collision Sauchie, near Alloa, Clackmannan
    Spitfire 1 X4914 58 OTU - Collision Sauchie, near Alloa, Clackmannan

    http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/wwshack/Misc/58OTURollOfHonour.htm


    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?9251-430617-Unaccounted-airmen-17-6-1943

    X4914
    Last edited by paulmcmillan; 13th June 2011 at 11:46.

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    In that case Hollis was flying X4914

    Malcolm

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