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    Default Casualties buried Christainsborg, Ghana, died 26/11/1942?

    Hello everyone

    In the Christiansborg Military Cemetery, Ghana, there are six casualties from the same date, November 26th, 1942. Four are RAF, two are Gold Coast Regiment, RWAFF (Royal West African Fronter Forces). I'm not sure if the RAF and RWAFF ones are connected, but can anyone supply any information about the RAF casualties' loss?
    Christopher, John Faill, Sgt, 1265582, RAFVR
    Clark, Robert Henry, Sgt, 1287988, RAFVR aged 22
    Satow, Michael Philip, Sgt, 1151718, RAVFR, aged 24
    Wheway, George Henry, Sgt, 1343051, RAFVR

    The RWAFF ones are:
    Kofi Akowia, Private, GC/50976 RWAFF
    Yelzai Dagarti, Private, GC/39066, RWAFF

    Many thanks for your time.

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    Simon

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    Hi Simon

    They appear to be a crew: -

    Christopher - WAG
    Clark - WAG
    Satow - Observer
    Wheway - Pilot

    They are all listed as 44 Group but I have no other details

    Malcolm

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    Hello,

    Possibly, Hudson VI FK643 of 1 OADU, which stalled on take-off, Accra, 26-11-1942.

    Col.

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    Thanks for that possibility Col

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    Thanks for the replies Col and Malcolm, much appreciated.

    Simon

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    Hello
    Just thought you all might like to know that Robert Henry Clark( Harry ) was my uncle.He died 5 years before I was born.
    He came from Sunderland and had 2 brothers ( one was my Dad) and 3 sisters.It was my Auntie Joyce who opened the door to the telegram and had the awful job of giving it to her parents.The family all expected the casualty to be either my Dad, who was fighting in North Africa, or my Uncle Alan who was in Italy eventually.Harry was apparently training and had not seen active service.I do have one RAF document referring to his excellent character.
    Grief over this event still reverberates in the family.
    My son, daughter and I would dearly like to visit Christiansburg some day. Have any of you been there ?We do have photographs of his grave taken by friends of my grandparents.Sadly his name has been misspelt. Clark should have no 'e' at the end.
    I would be grateful for any information anyone can give about the accident.Harry's football boots were returned to my grandparents eventually.They appeared to have been burnt so we have always been somewhat distressed that the plane crash resulted in fire.Any information at all about the event, about Christiansburg, about visiting Accra etc will be gratefully received.
    Lynda Clark
    PS Dad did talk about the plane stalling
    Last edited by Airman's niece; 15th December 2012 at 15:55. Reason: additional thought

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    Lynda,

    You can have the spelling of yo9ur uncle's name on the grave corrected if you tell the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. I have had several errors corrected over the years, including my father's age on his grave in Prague.

    Good luck

    David

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    Hello Lynda

    I'm not sure if you're aware of this, but your Uncle is commemorated in St Gabriel's Church, Chester Road, Sunderland, on their WW2 Roll of Honour. You can see more details and photos of the memorial here:

    http://www.newmp.org.uk/detail.php?contentId=8729

    Best regards

    Simon

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    Thank you David and Simon for responses.Didn't know about St Gabriel's but had the page on which his name appears in memorial book at St Peter's Sunderland opened at the millenium.
    Lynda

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