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    What caused the death of following airmen. It's known that the Luftwaffe this day attacked aerodromes North Weald, Manston, Gt.Shefford and West Malling.

    A - Not listed Flight archives:
    Cpl Joseph G. BROADBENT - 861960 - 960 (Balloon) Sqn
    AC2 Thomas L. CAIN - 970745
    P/O (Pilot) John R.S. GORDON - 40469, buried Coventry (London Road) Cem., Warwickshire (UK6879)
    AC1 Harold G. WOOD - 747898
    Cpl Stanley G. WRIGHT - 512625

    B - Died of wounds or injuries received on active service:
    AC2 William J. LLOYD - 909807

    Proposed aircraft losses for this day:

    Blackburn B-2 - G-ADFO - 4 EFTS - crashed Newport, Yorkshire
    Blenheim I - L1409 - 25 Sqn - shot down in error near North Weald
    Tiger Moth II - R4970 - 112 Sqn RCAF - flew into ground High Post

    Regards and thanks for your help.
    Henk.

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    Hi Henk
    The Blenheim L1409 was one of three 25 Sqn a/c shot down by a Hurricane on this day, the others were L1512, P/O D Hogg KIA, Sgt W Powell baled out, and L8656 , no casualties. There were no casualties on L1409(Warner's Blenheim,p270)
    From your list
    Broadbent,32 is registered at Winchester and may have been on an earlier unit as 960 Balloon Sqn were not formed until 26.8.40 in Lyness(Shetland)( Flying Training and Support Units since 1912- Ray Sturtivant and John Hamlin)
    Cain,20 is registered at Chippenham(Wiltshire) ?Yatesbury, Lyneham or Hullavington
    Gordon,25 registered at Warwick
    Wood,24 and Wright 28 are registered at Epping(Essex)(?N Weald)
    Lloyd,26 at Liverpool
    I note for Broadbent that CWGC has him on 930 Balloon Sqn and that was Southampton/Titchfield based
    Regards
    Dick
    Last edited by Dick; 13th March 2008 at 18:49. Reason: Poss typo Balloon Sqn

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    Thanks Dick for info on death registration and correct Balloon Sqn for Broadbent.
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    Broadbent
    DOAS Casualty Communique 47, Flight October 3, 1940. Scanned as Tpl. J. G Broad bent, P61960;
    Probate shows died at Royal Victoria Hospital, Netley, Hampshire.

    Cain
    Is also in Casualty Communique 47 DOAS. Scanned as A/C.2 T. L. Cain, 97C745

    Wright
    Death reported through enemy action
    Saturday 21 September 1940, Essex Newsman, Essex, England

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    Hello

    P/O (Pilot) John R.S. GORDON - 40469 - the Coventry Evening Telegraph of September 6th 1940 reported the following:

    Officer Found Shot
    After a shot had been heard from an office in a Midland R.A.F. station, Pilot Officer John Robert Seaforth Gordon (25) was found dead with a ullet wound in the head.
    At the inquest, yesterday afternoon, it was stated that Gordon, whose home was at Glasgow, suffered head injuries in a flying accident about 18 months ago, and the Coroner returned a verdict that the officer died from a wound self-inflicted, whilst the balane of his mind was disturbed.


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    Simon

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