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    Hello again everyone

    I hope you all had a good Christmas.

    Can anyone add any details to the following casualties, all commemorated on various memorials in Hexham, Northumberland:

    ANNAN Harry Barton, 1507625, Sgt (Pilot), killed 10/01/44, buried Hexham Cemetery
    DRUMMOND Lawson, 1487209, Corporal, 680 Sqn, killed 15/02/45, buried Bari War Cemetery, Italy
    HALL John Donald, 1590860, Sgt (AG), killed 24/11/43, buried Corbridge Cemetery, Northumberland
    ROSS George, 1513336, LAC (Nav), killed 28/11/42, buried Matfen, Northumberland
    RUTHERFORD Frank Wallace, 1497152, Flt Sgt (Pilot), 616 Sqn, killed 03/12/43, buried Hexham Cemetery
    WOODMAN William Angus, 523248, W/O (Nav), 23 Sqn, killed 23/03/43, buried Malta (Capuccini) Naval Cemetery

    Many thanks for looking.

    Regards

    Simon

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    Hello,

    For ANNAN:

    10-1-1944
    No.1652 Heavy Conversion Unit.
    Halifax II HR664 J
    Training.

    Took off 0944 Marston Moor for a check dual flight only to crash two minutes later, inverted, in the River Ouse near Fairfield Sanatorium below Skelton, 4 miles NW from the centre of York.

    127132 F/O (Capt/Pilot) John Hubert WILLIAMS DFC RAFVR +
    1507625 Sgt (Pilot) Harry Barton ANNAN RAFVR +
    53279 P/O (Flt. Eng.) Alfred Leslie LANGWORTHY DFM RAF +
    1590864 Sgt (Flt. Eng.) Walter Richard WINDSOR RAFVR +
    1390234 F/Sgt (Nav.) Mazzine John TRENAMAN RAFVR +
    AUS417513 F/Sgt (W.Op./Air Gnr.) Howard Alan PERRIAM RAAF +
    1892480 Sgt (Air Gnr.) Roy George Emmitt SANDY RAFVR +

    See: BCL8/82

    Col.
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    Simon,
    So some reason no time for more detailed answer:
    Re DRUMMOND: must have been an accident or killed in air raid ? Same date and unit buried Bari:
    LAC John L. CLARK - 1034855;
    F/Lt (Nav) Thomas J. DAVIES - 151107;
    LAC Philip E. GENTRY - 1397628;
    LAC Kenneth H. HODGSON - 1064094, and
    LAC Francois M. LE BOSSE - 1290760.
    Don't have the Flight Magazine for this period to check whether "died" or "killed" on active service.
    re HALL: Wellington DV435 of 14 OTU.
    Re ROSS: Anson DJ635 of 9 (O)AFU.
    Re RUTHERFORD: Spitfire MB930 of 616 Sqn.
    Re WOODMAN: (23 Sqn) no info available; name still on my list of airmen unaccounted for.
    Regards,
    Henk.

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    Many thanks indeed Col and Henk, your help is very much appreciated.

    Regards

    Simon

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    Simon/Henk,

    Henk, The six (6) No.680 Sqn airmen you mention, CLARK, DAVIES, DRUMMOND, GENTRY, HODGSON and LE BOSSE, are all mentioned in The Times, Friday, July 20, 1945 p.7, as "DIED ON ACTIVE SERVICE".

    The following is known on WOODMAN:

    23-3-1943
    No.23 Sqn
    Mosquito NF.II DZ239**

    Took off Luqa 1935, on Train Busting duties in the west of Sicily. Train attacked, observer hit by stray .303 bullet and killed. Aircraft returned to base 2225.

    45353 F/O (Pilot) Arthur John HODGKINSON DFC* RAF.
    523248 W/O (Nav.) William Angus WOODMAN RAF +

    Woodman buried Malta (Capuccini) Naval Cemetery.

    ** The 23 Sqn ORB quotes DZ239:YP-C, this can't be right. This site:

    http://www.dehavilland.ukf.net/_DH98 prodn list.txt

    mentions, DZ239 as - NF.II 307/264/239. Cr. after take-off Great Dunham, Norfolk 1-2-1944 - confirmed in BCL5/71

    Can anyone provide an accurate serial for the 23-3-1943 loss?

    Col.

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    Thanks for the information on Woodman Col.

    As for the serial, mossie.org has a list of 23 Sqn aircraft:

    http://www.mossie.org/squadrons/23_squadron.htm

    and has DZ229 coded 'C', so possibly a typo in the ORB? Assuming the ORB is correct about YP-C, of course!

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    Simon,

    DZ229:YP-C was still on ops on subsequent missions after 23-3-1943.

    ie.

    24-3-1943
    25-3-1943
    31-3-1943.

    Col.
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    Apologies for dragging this thread from the depths, but I've just found an article in the Yorkshire Post, February 21st 1945, about F/Lt Thomas John Davies (see Henk's post number 3).

    Obituaries - the Rev. T. J. Davies

    News has been received of the death of the Rev. Thomas John Davies, of Wood Lane, Headingley, Leeds, in a flying accident in Italy...[he enlisted] in the R.A.F., not as a padre, but as an ordinary serviceman.

    He was lost in a flying accident, so were the others too? And can anyone elaborate further?

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    Here's the answer - I've just downloaded the 680 Sqn ORB form 540:

    San Severo, February 15th 1945:

    At 10.30 hours on this date, a very tragic accident occurred at the Flight Dispersal. A P-51 of the 31st Fighter Group, stalled on take off and the pilot, whilst endeavouring to control the machine, could not gain height, swung off the runway and crashed throuight the flight hut. The P-51 careered on, smashing the photographic trailer and the W/T trailer, finally finishing its career about 50 yds further on, minus wings and undercarriage. Immediately the airmen who were working on the aircraft had recovered from the initial shock, they organised rescue teams and started to get the injured from the wreckage, which was strewn around in a radius of about thirty to forty yards.
    Six people were found to be killed, five were wounded, two seriously, and many other persons had minor cuts and abrasions.
    By this time the P-51 had burst into flames and LAC MAY, despite exploding ammunition, helped the pilot from the blazing wreck and got him to safety.
    The dead were F/O DAVIES, CPL DRUMMOND and LACs LE BOSSE, HODGSON, CLARK and GENTRY.
    The seriously injured were LACs BOYES and TINDALL. They were rushed to hospital and are now progressing satisfactorily.
    SGT TAYLOR, CPL MURRAY & CPL STEVENSON were also wounded and sent to hospital but are now all three once again with the Flight.


    Regards

    Simon

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    Hello,

    15/2/1945
    31stFG/308thFS
    P-51D-15 44-15437

    Take-off crash, San Severo, Foggia, Italy.

    John C. HILDEBRAND USAAF +

    Col.

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