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    Default 430916 - Unaccounted airmen - 16-9-1943

    Contrary to other this will be a more entangled thread on airmen unaccounted for this date, world wide, excuses in advance...
    Let's start with the UK:
    What caused the death of F/O Frederick R. KENNEDY - AUS404789 - DFC - RAAF, who died in RAF Ely Hospital, Cambs.; he was with 156 Sqn flying Lancasters from Warboys, Hunts.
    What caused the death of F/Sgt Richard M. KERSHAW - 1095833 - not found in Flight Magazine, whose death was registered at Wrexham, Flintshire. (Master AZ698 ?).

    Proposed aircraft losses:
    Beaufighter VI - ND153 - 301 FTU - dived into ground Pennings, Highway Hill, Yatesbury, Wiltshire.
    Master I - T8466 - 9 (P)AFU - bellylanded at Errol.
    Tiger Moth II - T7036 - 7 EFTS - abandoned near Ratcliffe.
    Master II - AZ698 - 17 (P)AFU - collided with Wellington X3807 and crashed 2 miles E of Wrexham (already as a fatal casualty on this aircraft: Sgt H.W. SCOTT - RCAF R/167034).
    Mosquito II - DD678 - 60 OTU - spun into ground Stonehouse Farm, near Shawbury (already as a fatal casualty on this aircraft F/O P.R. WILMOT - AUS421953 - RAAF).

    And now those outside the UK:
    What caused the death of:
    F/O (Nav) Alan R.B. BALL - 127988 - 27 Sqn (Beaufighter - Agartala, India); missing believed killed in action and buried Maynamati War Cem., Bangladesh (can't find a matching aircraft serial in my files).
    F/Lt Kenneth W. MONKS - 76137 - commemorated Panel 120 of the Runnymede Memorial; listed as being with 1 PDC.
    F/Lt Leonard C. MURCH - 41946 - 680 PRU - buried Benghazi War Cem., Libya (not found in Flight Magazine).
    Capt (Royal Artillery attd 654 [AOP] Sqn) Peter R. NEWMAN - 95160 - aircraft hit tree - buried Salerno War Cem., Italy. (May have been on Auster Mk.III NJ947, but not confirmed).
    F/O Anthony B. POTTS - 136503 - 4 ADU - commemorated Column 268 of the Alamein Memorial.

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    Henk.

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    Henk,

    Kennedy died of Natural Causes. He had previously served in the Middle East with No.108 Sqn. He was involved in an incident on 12/13-8-1942 when Wellington IC T2735 had its starboard engine cut and was force-landed in the Great Bitter Lake. Sgt Sim was killed and the others injured. See:BLME1/173 (Kennedy is not fully identified in the crew listing).

    On return from the ME, he served with No.103 Sqn, before moving on to No.156 Sqn.

    Re: 127988 F/O (Nav.) Alan R B BALL:

    From Chaz Bowyer's, The Flying Elephants:

    The only casualty to 27 (Sqn) during this month was Fg Off A R B Ball, navigator to Fg Off Williams, who received wounds during an attack on rivercraft at Yenanyaung on September 16. Ball died of his wounds four days later.

    The Flying Elephants:The History of No.27 squadron RFC/EAF 1915 to 1969.
    Bowyer,Chaz.
    London:Macdonald & Co.,1972.
    p.185

    I also consulted another ref on F/O Ball, David Innes', Beaufighters Over Burma. he has this to say:

    September (1943), produced better weather and out of sixty-three sorties, which was the highest monthly total so far, only seven had to be aborted. For the third successive month, we did not lose an aircraft on operations. however, Flying Officer Ball, a navigator, was fatally wounded by small arms fire when his aircraft, piloted by Flight Lieutenant Williams*, was attacking an oil barge on the Irrawaddy River near Yenanyaung. He died shortly after being admitted to Comilla Field Hospital.

    * Probably 64322 F/L (Pilot) Reginald Robert WILLIAMS DFC. Later a PoW, died on a hunger strike in a Rangoon prison, 18-4-1944 ( He went missing on 18-11-1943, when his Beaufighter [JL590], was hit by AA near Taugon, northern Burma).

    KILLED ON OPERATIONS, FEBRUARY 1943 - MARCH 1944.

    15 September 1943 - Flying Officer A.R.B. Ball (navigator).

    Beaufighters Over Burma:No.27 Squadron, RAF, 1942-45.
    Innes,David J.
    Poole:Blandford Press,1985.
    pp.69 & 115.

    Somewhat confusing! Needs confirmation - ORB?

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 20th June 2012 at 00:30.

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    Hi Henk,

    F1180
    Mosquito II - DD678 - 60 OTU - spun into ground Stonehouse Farm, near Shawbury (already as a fatal casualty on this aircraft F/O P.R. WILMOT - AUS421953 - RAAF).
    He was the only fatality.

    Master II - AZ698 - 17 (P)AFU - collided with Wellington X3807 and crashed 2 miles E of Wrexham (already as a fatal casualty on this aircraft: Sgt H.W. SCOTT - RCAF R/167034).
    F/Sgt R Kershaw (Instructor) also killed on the Master

    Master I - T8466 - 9 (P)AFU - bellylanded at Errol.
    No injuries - Pilot Acting Petty Officer R J Hutton, FX91433

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    Hi Henk

    The only one I can help at the moment id Potts as a possibility in Spitfire IX, MA516

    Malcolm

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    Changed disks

    F1180
    Beaufighter VI - ND153 - 301 FTU - dived into ground Pennings, Highway Hill, Yatesbury, Wiltshire.

    two injured, pilot F/Sgt Dodemade 536023

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    Thanks friends for all this excellent help. It seems 430916 (16-9-1943) came correct as a thread on the board. Will keep me busy for the remaining part of today and offering the necessary diversion.
    Regards,
    Henk.

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