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    Default 430906 - Unaccounted airmen - 6-9-1943

    What was the place of death registration of F/Sgt Thomas FLANNIGAN - 348289 - age 46. Couldn't find his name in Flight Magazine.

    Also looking for cause of death of following airmen:

    A - Sgt (Bombaimer) Ernest G.W. BARTLETT - 1586437 of 61 Sqn (Syerston) who was killed on a raid to Mannheim 5/6-9-1943 and lies buried in the Dürnbach War Cem., Germany. His Lancaster may have returned safe to base; looking for the aircraft serial number.

    B - Sgt (Pilot) John COTTON - 1496923 - buried Tripoli War Cem., Libya. He was killed in action, however his unit difficult to read on the GRO-list (40 PT[?]C ?

    C - Sgt (Nav/Bombaimer) Harry RANDALL - 1439777, and
    F/Sgt (Pilot) Sidney A. SIMS - 1336691, buried in the Basra War Cem., Iraq, both listed by CWGC and on the GRO-List as 605 Sqn. Sqn.numbering doubtful as this unit at that time was based at Castle Camps, Cambridgshire. Names not found in Flight Magazine.

    Regards and thanks for your help.
    Henk.

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    Henk

    From ABS (re F/S SA Sims)

    Mosquito FB.VI HJ812 of 301FTU was lost on this date. Its demise is listed as being at Bahrein during ferry flight, but could it have been (Al) Basrah?

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    No Flannigan on the register, but there is a 46 year old Thomas Flanagan on the index in the Nuneaton district, and given that Flannigan is buried in Nuneaton I think it's safe to say they are one of the same.
    Alan Clark

    Peak District Air Accident Research

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

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    Thanks DG for info on Mosquito HJ812; could be a possibility.
    Thanks Al for info on FLANNIGAN.
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    Reference to 605 Squadron above probably a confusion with HJ778 of 605 Squadron, lost same date:

    UP-A on 605 Squadron (Ian Piper: http://www.605squadron.co.uk/Squadron_aircraft.htm) Damaged by bomb in air raid and caught fire Castle Camps 6.9.43 (Air Britain Serials)

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    Bartlett ED718 (50 Sq/ 61 Sq. Roh)

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    Thanks John; will update my files.
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    Regarding death of Sgt (Bombaimer) Ernest G.W. BARTLETT - 1586437. The following is an account of the events that lead to the death of Sgt Bartlett. The details are from the diary of my father, P/O H.N. Scott (RCAF) who was the pilot of ED718 the night of Sept 5-6 1943.

    On 6 September 1943, P/O H Scott (RCAF) the captain of 61 Sqdn. Lancaster ED718 QR-P was returning from a raid on Munich when at 23,000 feet he lost consciousness and the control of the aircraft. He regained consciousness at around 8,000 feet and had to brace his feet on the instrument panel to enable himself and the FE to pull back on the wheel to get the plane to come out of the dive and fight to regain control from there. When he was pulling out of the dive, there was an over correction as they came out of the dive and he then had to push the stick back forward and this caused everyone to be thrown upwards with the Navigators head crashing through the astrodome, same with the Mid-Upper Gunner and his turret. The escape hatch in the Bomb Aimers position was blown out and the cowlings on the outer 2 engines came off during the dive holing the ailerons and starboard elevator. They lost all their navigational equipment due to wind from the open escape hatch and had to set a course for 270 degrees back to England. They "stooged home" with 65 gallons left and had to make a flapless landing as the flaps were jammed. They landed at Ford. They found that the Bomb Aimer Sgt. Ernest Bartlett had bailed out with no crew member hearing him leave the aircraft, which safely returned home.
    (His body was near Peiting, 4 km SE of Schongau, where he was initially buried and has since been reinterred in the Durnbach War Cemetery.)
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    Default Re: The Unaccounted Project - Final Stretch Updates by Jon Heyworth

    Charles William Munt 1385201, attached to Number 235 Wing, died at 20:45 hours when he was accidently shot when a rifle was being cleaned

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    Default Re: The Unaccounted Project - Final Stretch Updates by Jon Heyworth

    John Cotton 1496923, attached to 40 PTC , was killed in action in Spitfire ER 188 at 17:10 hours 15 miles due South of Zuara LG , originally buried in Zuara civil cemetery

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