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    Default Unaccounted airmen - 24-8-1940

    Several places were bombed this day by the Luftwaffe including North Weald (with many casualties) and also a part of the RAF Hospital at St.Athan was demolished.
    Looking for places of death registration of following airmen:

    AC1 Harry L. BURBRIDGE - 646963 - name not found in Flight archives, and

    AC2 William FAIRFIELD - 1358170;
    AC2 Alexander KIRK - 1103925;
    LAC Henry A. SHACKELTON - 343404,
    AC2 Frank WALKER - 1007477
    all killed on active service.

    Also same day killed on active service:
    P/O (Pilot u/t) David A. SADLER - 90937

    Proposed aircraft losses for this day:
    Hart Trainer - K4888 - 9 FTS - crashed on landing Hullavington
    Hurricane I - L1803 - 263 Sqn - abandoned near Bainsford, Stirlingshire
    Hurricane I - L1933 - 85 Sqn - crashed on landing Hawkinge
    Lysander II - R2030 - 26 Sqn - flew into ground near Stradishall

    Regards and thanks for your help.
    Henk.

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    BURRIDGE, not BURBRIDGE, and he is in Flight as Killed on Active Service

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    Hi Henk
    Burridge,20, Fairfield,47, Kirk.26 and Walker,27, are all registered at Thanet ?N Weald.Sadler,22, is registetred at Wigton up nr Carlisle, Haven't found Shackleton.
    Regards
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    Last edited by Dick; 8th March 2008 at 13:17.

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    Henk,

    Shackelton also at Thanet

    DaveW

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    Thanks Amrit and Dick. Enjoy the weekend.
    Henk.

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    Thank Dave as well. Any idea about P/O Sadler ?

    Regards,
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    We have a mystery here!

    From 'Air Crashes in the Lake District' (apparently not the most reliable source)

    which has the following entries

    24/8/40
    Botha Mk I L6160 1c OTU
    Silloth
    Crew D Alexander 9093
    D Lowry 94493
    K Thompson 742868

    The crew of this a/c perished when it crashed and burnt out while taking part in a night flying exercise. The crash site was near Balladoyle Farm, which subsequently became noted for a/c crashes.

    28/8/40
    Botha Mk 2 L6203 1c OTU
    Silloth
    Crew -

    A/c crashed at Balladoyle Farm killing its crew of three. No further info. is available on this accident.

    In the first case, the only casualty listed that can be attributed to the accident on the 24th is Thompson, registered at Wigton. Of the other two, Alexander & Lowry, I can find no trace. However Henk's Sadler was killed on the 24th and whos death is also registered at Wigton! I think we have two of the three crewmen.

    There is also the matter of two Bothas crashing at the same place in the space of a few days. ABS records that it was L6203 that crashed at Balladoyle Farm on the 24th and L6160 at Horsforth, Yorks on the 25th May 1940.

    So what was the serial of the other Botha at Balladoyle, if indeed there was one?

    Any comments anyone?

    regards

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    Further info.

    The third crewman must have been J Lowry 944933, wrong initial was listed in the book.

    The pilot' name being given as 'D Alexander 9093' is explained by looking at David Alexander Sadler 90937.

    But do we have the right serial?

    DaveW
    Last edited by davew; 8th March 2008 at 15:27. Reason: More info.

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    Dave,

    Botha L6160 lost 25-5-1940. 1st Offr ATA John T.W. CLARK crashed Horsforth, Leeds (death registered Wharfedale).
    D. Alexander 9093 not in my files. The three on L6203 may have been Thompson, Sadler and Lowry.
    No Botha loss on 28-8-1940.
    Was Lowry's death also registered at Wigton ?

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    Henk

    yes, at Wigton. Did you see my post re

    David ALEXANDER Sadler 90937?

    DaveW

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