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    Default Oxford P1942 Iraq 13 Jun 41

    I posted a request some time ago seeking details of the four passengers killed along with P/O Arthur, the pilot, when this aircraft crashed in Iraq on June 13 1941 whilst flying between Habbaniya and Basrah.

    Forms 1180 and Forms 540 for 4 FTS and Habbaniya drew blanks as did a request for non-Commonwealth burials where Arthur was laid to rest. I now know from AHB(RAF) that there were eight passengers on board and they were US Navy personnel - this six months before Pearl Harbour was attacked.

    A search of websites suggest the personnel might have been attached to the US Legation in Baghdad (other spellings are available).

    Please can anyone point me towards a website or organisation where I might be able to find details of US Navy casualties before December 1941?

    Colin Cummings

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    The flight only had one USN passenger, Lieutenant Commander George Wilson Grove, USN.

    The other three passengers were:

    R C Harris, manager of the Ottoman Bank
    P H S Tozer, manager for the Rafidian Oil Company
    J E B Souter, a manager in the Bank of Iran

    Grove was not scheduled to be a passenger and was a last minute addition to the flight.

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    Remarkable! Thank you so much - I am absolutely delighted. I have been going round in circles on this topic for months and had thought the casualties must be civilian or non-Commonwealth personnel or their names would have been on the cemetery records.

    Yesterday, I found a website which gave me some information and then said something like: 'see Part 3' but I couldn't find Part 3 anywhere.

    I very much appreciate your response and again many thanks.

    Colin Cummings

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    Just a small repayment for all the help your books have given me in my research :)

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    I completely forgot to add Grove's burial details (in case you need them)

    George W. Grove
    Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy
    Service # O-009021
    United States Naval Reserve
    Entered the Service from: Connecticut
    Died: 13-Jun-41
    Buried at: Plot G Row 16 Grave 8
    North Africa American Cemetery
    Carthage, Tunisia

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    Again, thanks for the info. Have now found further information on a website called: milpages.

    This topic is a bit like trying to open the sparkling wine: struggle with the cork for ages, suddenly it comes out, followed by all the good stuff!!!

    Colin Cummings

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