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    Default Unaccounted airmen - 21-9-1940

    What caused the death of and/or what were the places of death registration for:

    LAC Percy CHAPMAN - 902898 - killed on active service.
    AC2 George S. EVERETT - 1260103 - died of wounds or injuries received on active service.
    Sgt (Pilot) Edgar A.J. KEIGHLEY - 745306 - same as AC2 Everett.
    AC2 Robert T.McW. STREIGHT - 976216 - not listed Flight archives.

    Proposed aircraft losses for this day:

    Oxford I - L9693 - RAFC - crashed on take-off at night near Barkston Heath.
    Tiger Moth II - N6455 - 1 EFTS - location not known - damaged 21.9.40 and SOC 23.10.40
    DC-3 - G-AGBC - BOAC - crashed at Heston.

    Regards and thanks for your help.
    Henk.

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    Hi Henk
    Chapman,28, and Streight,19 are both registered at Grantham,Lincolnshire which might indicate the accident at Barkston Heath.
    Everitt,25, is registered at Pancras. I couldn't find Keighley which might indicate Scotland
    Regards
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    AC2 Robert T.McW. STREIGHT is listed as Died on Active Service

    Dick, Keighley is buried in LOSSIEMOUTH (Moray Firth), though his home town was Epsom, so that does seem to fit what you said about a Scottish registration

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    Hello

    LAC Percy CHAPMAN - 902898 - the Grave Registration Report Form records him as being with 'F.T.S.'

    AC2 George S. EVERETT - 1260103 - the Grave Registration Report Form records him as being with 13 M.U.

    Sgt (Pilot) Edgar A.J. KEIGHLEY - 745306 - the Grave Registration Report Form records him as being with 20 O.T.U. The Statutory Death Register on the Scotland's People Website records that he died at 7.30 a.m. at Grays Hospital, Elgin, the result of extensive burns to the body, which had occurred some 5 days previously.

    AC2 Robert T.McW. STREIGHT - 976216 - the Grantham Journal of September 27th 1940 reported the following:

    WENT INTO PATH OF BUS
    Airman's Tragic End at Grantham
    The circumstances surrounding the death of a young airman, Robert Thomas MacWilliam Streight, who was fatally injured when knocked down by a bus late on Friday night, were related to the Grantham Coroner, Mr. A. C. Malim, at an inquest at the Guildhall on Monday.
    Aircraftman Rowland Hall said he and a friend were walking up St. Catherine's Road towards Harrowby Road. Crossing the road to catch a bus at the top they heard a screech of brakes. "I saw the silhouette of a person and the lighted end of a cigarette," continued witness. "It was very dark at that spot and the figure appeared to go right in front of an approaching bus. I noticed then that the cigarette flew through the air."
    Evidence by Flight Sergeant Rideout showed that deceased was a keen boxer, was sober and quite happy a few minutes before the accident.
    Dr. Jack A. Taylor, resident medical officer at Grantham Hospital, said Streight was dead on arrival at the hospital in the ambulance.
    The coroner, returning a verdict of "accidental death," said no blame was attached to the driver, and it remained a mystery as to why the man stepped into the road.


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    Simon

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    Hi

    According to Chorley, Wellington IA, N2900 of 20 OTU was allegedly lost in a take off accident on 16 Sep 1940 but no confirmation has been found. However, it could be that Keighley was injured in this incident as the time frame fits nicely.

    Chapman - Oxford I - L9693 - RAFC - crashed on take-off at night near Barkston Heath.

    Malcolm
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    Thanks for that Malcolm.

    Regards

    Simon

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