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    Default 643440 LAC Peter Hedley RAF 15/10/1941

    can anyone provide any details for the circumstances in which this man lost his life

    Thank you

    Kind regards

    Chris Davies

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    The following information was included on a previous thread:

    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?3859-Unaccounted-airmen-15-10-1941/page2

    "Re:Bagshaw,Gray & Hedley.

    Flying Officer NORMAN BAGSHAW,R.A.F. 46374 Flying Officer,Royal Air Force. Age 36 Died 15.10.1941.

    Flying Officer Norman Bagshaw, R.A.F., was 36 years of age. At the time of his death on the 15th of October 1941, he was commanding a High Speed Launch No.112. This was an air sea rescue launch. The boat had been ordered to search for any aircrew from aircraft in difficulties. The position was 50 miles southeast of the Nab Tower. During the search two German fighters were sighted, and the launch was soon under attack. The first aircraft dived down; cannon shells raked the hull. It was during this attack that F/O Bagshaw and another crew member were killed. The second aircraft's attack killed the wireless operator who was desperately trying to report the vessel was under attack. With no radio, engine damage and the boat badly holed and taking on water, the launch made for the first point of refuge, managing to limp back to St Helen's on the Isle of Wight. The bodies of the dead crew were brought back to the Royal Naval hospital, Haslar, Gosport. F/O Bagshaw, had been based at Gosport, and came under RAF Gosport. Flying Officer Norman Bagshaw R.A.F., was buried (at Gosport [Ann's Hill] Cemetery) on the 18th of October 1941, Plot 188 Space 47, and his final resting place, is commemorated by a CWGC headstone"

    Hope it is a useful start point

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    Pete
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    Chris, Hi,
    This seems to be yr man, but if all else fails you might have to for the DC. It's at:-

    Civil registration event: Death
    Name: HEDLEY, Peter
    Registration district: [?] Gosport
    County: Hampshire
    Year of registration: 1941
    Quarter of registration: Oct-Nov-Dec
    Age at death:19
    Volume no: 2B
    Page no: 1184

    HTH
    Peter Davies
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    Peter & Pete,

    many thanks,
    I was just curious, prior to mu engagement to search for Spitfire P8192 nr shillbottle, I was sitting next to the Warkwarth War Memorial and noticed his name.

    kind regards

    Chris Davies

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