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    Default Rhodesia 20 SFTS - October 1940

    Please can anybody tell me about Sgts C E E Virgo and G W Walker, who were killed on 8 Oct 40 whilst serving on 20 SFTS Rhodesia.

    Although I have a record of the loss of two Harvards (P5972 & P5977) - supposedly on 5 Oct 40 - I can't find the Accident Cards for these, which probably confirms that they collided. OBTW the Forms 540/541 for 20 SFTS for this period seem to have gone 'walkies' from the NA.

    Is there a link between the Harvards mentioned and Virgo and Walker or are they two separate events?

    Colin Cummings

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    Colin

    Air Britain Harvard File confirms both collided on 5th Oct 1940 and crashed near Ruwa

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    Thank you Paul and apologies for the delay in acknowledging your confirmation.

    I've exhausted all avenues to find out what happened to Virgo and Walker so I'll throw myself on the mercy of AHB(RAF). Hopefully, they will peep into the Casualty File and tell me if the two men were in an aircraft accident.

    Colin Cummings

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    Please Colin keep us informed if AHB has an answer. Both are still on my long list of airmen unaccounted for.
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    Henk.

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    Henk,

    I shall certainly post a reply on this site, if AHB solves my problem.

    As regards the wider issue of 'unaccounted airmen', I am fairly well advanced in getting details of all pre-OTU trainees lost in flying accidents between 1939 and 1942, where ever these happened in the British Commonwealth and USA under the various schemes being operated. If any of your missing men fall into that category, please let me know.

    Great thing about this site is everybody helps everbody else!!

    Colin Cummings

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    Thanks Colin for your offer; gratefully accepted.
    Regards,
    Henk.

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    A partial index to Henks 'unaccoutned' threads

    http://www.skynet.ie/~dan/war/henksthreads.htm
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    Unfortunately, I couldn't persuade my browser to take me to the site of Henk's index. Any altrenative suggestions would be welcome please.

    Colin Cummings

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    My request for assistance in finding the fates of Sergeants C E E Virgo and G W Walker has now been resolved – at least in part.

    The two men were killed at 0710 hours on 8 October 1940 when their Harvard aircraft collided and crashed at Ruwa Railway Sidings near Salisbury, Rhodesia (now Harare, Zimbabwe).

    The remaining problem relates to the aircraft serial numbers, which the RAF records state were: V5972 and P5283. There are no ‘V’ series Harvards and the sequence of numbers in the ‘P’ series begins at P5783.

    Realistically, I think we can accept that one of the aircraft was P5972 (Walker’s) and the other was either P5783 (shown as being struck off in 1944) or P5977 (which is listed elsewhere in the records as having collided with P5972 on 8 October 1940). My ‘hot money’ is on P5977.

    HENK,

    Two more off your list of unaccounted for airmen.

    Thanks to AHB(RAF) for their advice with this query.

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    Thanks Colin.
    Air Britain for P5972/P5977: Delivered to S.Rhodesia - 20 SFTS - Collided and crashed, Ruwa, SR, "5".10.40.
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    Henk.

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