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    Default 430908 - Unaccounted airmen - 8-9-1943

    What were the places of death registration of:

    A - Died on active service:
    AC2 Dennis L.R. CROSSLEY - 1864298.

    B - Not found in Flight Magazine:
    LAC (Airgunner u/t) Edward E. ELKINGTON - 1603917;
    Sgt (WOp/Ag) Bernard M. SEMARK - 1311346, and
    Sgt (Nav) William A. WIDDOWSON - 1458991.

    Proposed aircraft losses:
    Blenheim V - AZ996 - 12 (P)AFU - crashed on approach Spitalgate.
    Defiant I - DR876 - 1631 Flt - crashed in forced landing Mortimer Common, Berkshire.

    Regards and thanks for your help.
    Henk.

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    Hi Henk

    AC2 Dennis L.R. CROSSLEY - Gloucester Rural
    LAC (Airgunner u/t) Edward E. ELKINGTON - Caernarvon, possibly Anson EF978 of 9 (O) AFU
    Sgt (WOp/Ag) Bernard M. SEMARK - Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire
    Sgt (Nav) William A. WIDDOWSON - Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire

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    I was beginning to think my usefulness was at an end, but finally I've found two of the many missing names in Flight!!
    Top left corner of Dec 2nd Flight magazine, page 627, there is a batch of names that have not been scanned or OCR'd by Flight Global. All KOAS names and they include Widdowson and Semark.

    Some of the scanning looks like this: fiile";' Sgt."n.'L.jSpenoe; *79,-, it.,Steyeas; Act. Set DTf- D. Thompson; A/C.2 J. White'; Sgt. ^V. A. Widdowson.

    Names in that KOAS list are (on that page only):
    Fl Lt T R Meggitt
    Sgt R Morriss
    AC2 W H O'Dell
    F/O H V Plumb
    W/O R Reuant
    Act Sgt R J C Rinaldi
    LAC D O Robbins
    Act Sqn Ldr J E Scott DFC
    Sgt B M Semark
    W/O W L Smith
    Cpl W Somerville
    Sgt D L Spence
    F/O H Stevens
    Act Sgt D H D Thompson
    AC2 J White
    Sgt W A Widdowson

    Nov 25th magazine, page 600 has

    KILLED ON ACTIVE SERVICE.—L.A/C. E. E. Elkmgton; another bad scan, that is Elkington

    Search for that name above with just E. Elk when its a long or uncommon name
    Dennis Burke
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    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
    www.ww2irishaviation.com

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    Thanks Dennis..........and now the aircraft involved.........
    Regards,
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    Henk,

    SEMARK and WIDDOWSON were aboard No.29 OTU Welliington III BK497 "O", which came down in the sea off the Pembrokeshire coast on 7/8-9-1943

    BCL7/247.

    http://rafinfo.org.uk/BCWW2Losses/BC-RoH.htm

    See entries: RoH/236 & RoH/250.

    also...

    http://www.rafinfo.org.uk/BCWW2Losses/BC-RoH-casstats.htm

    Col.
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    Thanks Col. What do you mean with RoH/236 and RoH/250 ?
    Regards,
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    Henk,

    RoH = Bill Chorley's Vol.9 Roll of Honour 1939-1947. 236 = page number.

    SEMARK & WIDDOWSON are not on the Roll of Honour. The links I have given, indicate that they are to be added to the Roll of Honour, and to the entry in BCL7/247 (No.29 OTU Wellington III BK497).

    Col.

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    Elkington was onboard Anson EF978, four other crew injured.
    Alan Clark

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

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    Thanks Al & Col for additional info.
    Regards,
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    Just for the record here are the ORB entries for EF978.

    September 8th 1943, Penrhos, “No.1603917 LAC Elkington of 89 Air Bombers Course was killed in a flying accident at Llandwrog.”

    September 8th 1943, Llandwrog, “Anson aircraft No.EF978 crashed in the seas near the aerodrome perimeter track at 02:53 hours. The aircraft was a total loss. 1196205 Sergt. Tebbutt B.A., Pilot, AUS413696 Pilot Officer Vincent J.H. 1st Navigator, 1600919 Sergt. Hubbard R.H., Staff W/OP., 1580181 Sergt. Canning A.E., 2nd W/Op., were slightly injured. 1603917 Leading Aircraftman Elkington E.E. u/t Bomb Aimer was killed.”

    September 8th 1943, Llandwrog SSQ, “Anson aircraft crashed into sea from take off on the NW runway. MO and party from SSQ reached sea shore in Jeep and found three members of crew walking along the shore in an exhausted condition. Search was made for the remaining members of the crew by means of Verey Lights and portable Aldis Lamp. Two ASR launches were searching off shore by means of search lights and were in constant danger of grounding due to the heavy onshore swell. An attempt to communicate by means of morse signals on Aldis lamp were not successful. A fourth member of the crew then swam ashore. A fifth was found lying in the surf by Fire tender crew. Attempts to revive him by artificial respiration oxygen and coramine proved unavailing. Sergt Tebbutt and other three members of crew were admitted to SSQ. The Jeep negotiated steep gravel banks of the seashore and its use materially shortened the time of transport of casualties to SSQ. Following this experience it was decided by the MO that RT and or WT co-operation should be achieved with ASRs in all seashore and offshore crashes.”
    Alan Clark

    Peak District Air Accident Research

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