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    Default 430917 - Unaccounted airmen - 17-9-1943

    What were the places of death registration for:

    A - Died on active service:
    AC1 Ernest W. BATES - 1010237.

    B - Not found in Flight Magazine:
    AC1 John O'BRIEN - 1639109.

    C - Killed on active service:
    Sgt (Pilot) William R.J. SPRY - 1162047.

    D - Proposed aircraft losses:
    Beaufighter II.F - R2339 - 54 OTU - crashed on overshoot Charterhall, Berwickshire.
    Beaufighter VI - V8698 - 141 Sqn - crashed on landing Wittering, Northamptonshire.
    Horsa I Glider - DP745 - HGCU - crashed on approach 1 ile SW of Brize Norton.
    Typhoon I.B - JP724 - 3 Sqn - crashed on landing Manston, Kent.
    Wellington VIII - W5647 - 7 OTU - flew into high ground Cairncastle, Ballygally, Co.Antrim (already as a fatal casualty on this aircraft: F/O [Pilot] K.A. NORRIS - J/22872 [R/85845] RCAF from USA.

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    Hi Henk

    AC1 Ernest W. BATES - Biggleswade, Bedfordshire
    AC1 John O'BRIEN - Wenlock, Shropshire
    Sgt (Pilot) William R.J. SPRY - Shrewsbury, Shropshire

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    Hi Henk,

    I have a Sgt Smith, injured, on Beaufighter II.F - R2339 - 54 OTU.

    Jim
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    F1180 confirms Jim's information

    Sgt A W Smith 1322829 - no injuries listed

    Beaufighter VI - V8698 - 141 Sqn - crashed on landing Wittering, Northamptonshire.
    No injuries - Pilot F/O R J H Dix, 122822

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    Hi Henk,

    O'Brien is a new one to me, but likely died in RAF Hospital, Cosford.
    Spry was sole occupant of Oxford X6864, of 7 AACU, which crashed near RAF Montford Bridge.

    Cheers,

    Tom

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    The ORB for No.7 OTU lists the crew of W5647 as:

    P/O Norris - killed
    P/O McWhannel - slightly injured
    Sgt Parker
    Sgt Stuckle
    Sgt Platt
    Sgt Smith
    Alan Clark

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    Thanks friends for all this worthwhile info.
    Tom (msg #5): Could Oxford X6864 being repaired after the accident 17.9.43 as Air Britain W1000-Z9999 only has listed: 7 AACU - SOC 30.9.45.
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    Hi Henk,

    Yes the Oxford was repaired.

    Typhoon I.B - JP724 - 3 Sqn - crashed on landing Manston, Kent.
    Pilot F/Lt G L Sinclair DFC, 41748 not injured.

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