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    Default Unaccounted airmen - 26-8-1940

    Harwell (6 dead) and Debden (direct hit on hangar) were some of the targets for the Luftwaffe this day. Looking for the places of death registration following airmen, all killed on active service:

    AC2 Sidney COLLIER - 1282095 - 257 Sqn - Debden, Essex
    AC2 Frederick G. HOLMES - 942950 - 257 Sqn
    AC2 Osborn E. MILWAY - 1256132
    LAC David G. UNDERHILL - 647374 - 257 Sqn, and

    LAC (Pilot u/t) Douglas W. GLASS - 937554

    Proposed aircraft serial for LAC Glass if killed in air crash:
    Hind I - K5512 - RAFC - crashed on landing at night Barkston Heath LG
    Master I - N7930 - 8 FTS - dived into ground near Bellfield, Kincardineshire.

    Regards and thanks for your help.
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    Douglas Glass in the Master, Kincardine.

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    LAC Glass was the only occupant in N7930 according to the ORB.

    August 26th 1940, “Master aircraft N7930 crashed at Bellfield near Stonehaven 937554 LAC
    Glass, D.W. a pupil of IT’S The sole occupant, was killed.”
    Alan Clark

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

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    Hi Henk
    There are deaths registered at Saffron Walden( close to Debden) for:-
    Collier,25
    Holmes,40
    Millway,19
    and Underhill. The only snag is that Underhill's age is given as 80!! I think that if you are sure that he was an LAC then it must be a typo, but a civilian death close to an airfield that was bombed can't be totally ruled out as land would have been cultivated close to the boundaries and there might even have been housing.I see that CWGC has Underhill's age as 20
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    Last edited by Dick; 8th March 2008 at 18:54.

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    Thanks Al, Dave, Dick. This completes the list for 26th August 1940. The month August 1940 comes to an end however many names left on the 'unaccounted' list. With your valuable help we finally will make it. Please don't get bored from all my threads !
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    Underhill - a family tree on Ancestry shows that he was killed in an air raid, but states the location as Manston.
    Without the registration of death he still remains unaccounted.

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    Default Re: 400826 - Unaccounted airmen - 26-8-1940

    Quote Originally Posted by Martyn A Critchlow View Post
    Underhill - a family tree on Ancestry shows that he was killed in an air raid, but states the location as Manston.
    Without the registration of death he still remains unaccounted.
    The Saffron Walden death registration for Underhill is correct. Although freebmd has the age as 80 (and, indeed, their image of the indexes is clearly that), the GRO itself records it as a far more plausible 20, and shows the full middle name as George. A PDF of the death cert can, of course, be ordered from the site for £7 (I assume it's increased from £6 due to COVID!).

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    Default Re: 400826 - Unaccounted airmen - 26-8-1940

    Hello

    The 257 Sqn ORB Form 540 records that Collier, Holmes and Underhill were killed when a bomb hit the shelter trench in which they were taking cover when Debden aerodrome was attacked at 15.30.

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    Simon
    Researching R.A.F. personnel from the North East of England

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