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    Default Unaccounted airmen - 22-9-1940

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

    LAC (Pilot u/t) William W. MUIR - 936559 - killed on active service, and

    W/Cdr Oswald B. SWAIN - 17038 - killed on active service, his name commemorated on Panel 3 of the Golders Green Crematorium.

    Mrs Irene Edit Clarissa Jane SWAIN, age 36, wife of W/Cdr Swain died in same accident (source: CWGC). She lies buried Hendon Municipal Borough, Middlesex.
    Same date and same cemetery lies buried Richard SWAIN, age 6 (not mentioned by CWGC but who may have died in same accident).

    Proposed aircraft losses:

    Hart T - K5883 - 9 FTS - flew into ground South Wroxall, Wiltshire
    Magister I - L8218 - 16 EFTS - overshoot on landing Derby
    Oxford I - R6339 - 2 FTS - dived into ground Akeman Street

    Regards and thanks for your help.
    Henk.

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    Hi Henk
    Muir,24, is registered at Trowbridge, Wiltshire and could be connected to K5883. The Swains are all registered at Hendon, this could be an air raid on the airfield hitting nearby civilian accommodation or Married Quarters or a vehicle accident or some such incident.Richard Swain is recorded by CWGC as Civilian War Dead and as being killed at 211 Gt North Way which is in Hendon and is the same address as Irene Swain. The Hendon Municipal Borough is not a Cemetery but merely the way that CWGC records Civilian casualties in the area in which they died. It is possible that all 3 Swains were cremated together.
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    Thanks Dick for this very clear answer.
    Regards,
    Henk.

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    Hello Henk,

    Here's a tip for searching the CWGC Database:

    If you enter on the <a href='http://www.cwgc.org/debt_of_honour.asp?menuid=14'>Search page</a> a surname - say 'Swain', then adjust the years - in this case twice 1940, and then search: you'll get all the Swains who died in 1940.

    But: press then on 'Date of death' - the names appear in chronogical order. If you browse through the search result-pages, you'll have to repeat pressing the 'date of death'.

    You can use this also by just entering a letter for the surname. That's how I go through the database to find those who died in the early part of 1940.

    Regards,

    Bart

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    Thanks Bart, will follow your advise (wijze raad).
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    Hi Henk
    Bart's method is how I got Irene Swain who didn't come up using her full initials.
    Regards
    Dick

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    The easiest way is of course to select 'The Force' for the people you're looking for. Which will be 'Air Force' in most cases. But sometimes it can be handy not to select it. Especially when you're looking for casualties from one day, who might be civilians, airmen, mariners, sailors or soldiers and whose deaths might be connected.

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    F1180 for Hart K5883 confirms Muir as only casualty.

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    Probate on both Oswald Bertie SWAIN and Mrs Irene Edit Clarissa Jane SWAIN, who have separate entries, read:
    who is believed to have been killed through war operation on 23 September and whose dead body was found on 23 September 1940.

    Martyn

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