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    Default 430818 - Unaccounted airmen - 18-8-1943

    What were the places of death registration of:

    A - Died on active service:
    Sgt (Airgunner) Edwin J.C. STILES - 1391941.

    B - Not found in Flight Magazine:
    Sgt (Flt. Eng.) Archibald T.W. CAMPBELL - 994017 - 90 Sqn (Wratting Common, Cambs.);
    Sgt (Pilot) William DISLEY - 659053, and
    F/O (Pilot) James R. WILSON - 150057 (there is a "P/O" J.R. WILSON in CC.#296, Flight 21-10-1943 p.461, as KOAS).

    C - Proposed aircraft losses:
    Hurricane I - V7674 - 55 OTU - dived into ground 1 mile N of Annan.
    Master I - T8505 - 17 (P)AFU - crashed in forced landing Calveley.
    Horsa I Glider - DP293 - HGCU - crashed in forced landing Stenlake, Oxfordshire.
    Master II - AZ694 - 5 (P)AFU - crashed on landing Tatenhill.
    Hurricane IV - KW918 - 137 Sqn - undershot landing at Manston.

    D - Also looking for possible cause of death of:
    P/O (Pilot) Clarence G. KIRCHIN - RCAF C/6701 - his name commemorated on Panel 2, Column 4 of the Ottawa Air Force Memorial. (Unit given as 1st Repatriation Depot).

    Regards and thanks for your help.
    Henk.

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    Henk,
    Re DP293.
    The HGCU was a Brize Norton at this time. The only 'Stenlake' I can find in UK is in Plymouth! If DP293 crashed in Oxfordshire (which seems likely as it's near BZN) then the location would probably have been 'Standlake'.
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    Peter
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    Hi Henk

    Sgt (Airgunner) Edwin J.C. STILES - Thorne, West Yorkshire
    Sgt (Flt. Eng.) Archibald T.W. CAMPBELL - 994017 - 90 Sqn - Cambridge
    Sgt (Pilot) William DISLEY - not Eng/Wales, possibly Beaufighter VI, JL658 of 2 TTU
    F/O (Pilot) James R. WILSON - not Eng/Wales possibly Hurricane I - V7674 - 55 OTU

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    Henk , Hurricane V7674, 55 OTU , 18/8/43 I CAN CONFIRM PILOT AS P/O WILSON JR 150057 KILLED , A/C TOTAL WRECK
    BW PHILL JONES

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    Thanks friends for your excellent and much appreciated help.
    Henk.

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    Disley name shows up in 1943 in Brechin District of Angus, Scotland
    Dennis Burke
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    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
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    Hello

    Sgt (Airgunner) Edwin J.C. STILES - 1391941 - the 'Croydon Roll of Honour' on ancestry.co.uk has the following:

    STILES, EDWIN JAMES C., Sgt. Rear Gr. R.A.F.V.R.
    b. Tooting, 6 Dec., 1922. res. 57, Tylcroft Rd. Educ. St. Andrew's Streatham. K. in training at Lindholm, Doncaster, 18 Aug, 1943. Bur. Streatham Vale Cem.


    The Graves Registration Report Form lists his unit as 1656 C.U.

    Sgt (Flt. Eng.) Archibald T.W. CAMPBELL - the Aberdeen Press & Journal of August 21st 1943 reported the following:

    Airman's Fall from Window
    Said to have made about twenty operational flights, Archibald Wilson Campbell (25), a sergeant engineer in the R.A.F., Fisher's Row, Campbeltown, Argyllshire, met his death through falling 24 ft. from a window in a Cambridge leave hostel.
    A sergeant who occupied a bed in the same room as Campbell said he heard and saw nothing wrong during the night, and when he was roused by the caretaker the next morning he thought at first it was a joke.
    The Coroner, expressing the view that Campbell must have overbalanced while standing at the window, recorded a verdict of accidental death.


    Sgt (Pilot) William DISLEY - 659053 - the Graves Registration Report Form lists his unit as 2 F.I.S. The Statutory Deaths Register on the Scotland's People website records that he died at 8.00 a.m. at Stracathro Hospital due to war operations (aeroplane accident).

    P/O (Pilot) Clarence G. KIRCHIN - RCAF C/6701 - his R.C.A.F. records include the R.C.A.F. Casualty Notification, which includes the following:

    Previously reported "missing" 18 Aug 1943 at sea whilst enroute to Canada on board the hospital ship "Atlantis." Was being repatriated on medical grounds - owing to his mental state.

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    Simon

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    1656 HCU orb states that Stiles died of injuries as a result of being run over by the tail wheel of Lancaster W4883 at Lindholme.

    regards Rich

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