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    Default Unaccounted airmen - 14-9-1940

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

    Sgt (Obs) William S. BISSETT - DFM - 751016 - 61 Sqn (Hampdens, Hemswell) - Flight archives "missing" - buried Pihen-lès-Guines War Cem., Dept. Pas-de-Calais, France;
    F/O Claud O. HINKS - 73512 - killed on active service;
    P/O (Nav) Nevill H. STRANGE - 77486 - killed on active service, and
    AC2 Harold WALKER - 1184759 - died of wounds or injuries received on active service.

    Proposed aircraft loss for this day:
    Magister I - P6362 - 32 MU - dived into ground north side of Emmetts Hill, Worth Matravers LG, Dorset (194/9677).

    Regards and thanks for your help.
    Henk.

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    Hi Henk
    Hinks,43, and Strange,31 are both registered at Poole in Dorset close to Bournemouth, Walker, 27, is registered at Pancras which covers an area of W Central London
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    Henk,

    Hinks and Strange registered at Poole so the Magister looks good.

    In the case of Bissett, although he appears in Chorley's Roll of Honour, 61S, 14/9/40, he is not included with the crew of Hampden X2922 which was lost on that day. Strange.

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    Thanks Dave and Dick.
    Hampden X2922 went missing on a standard raid to Boulogne; four crew killed (How, Brooker, Dickenson, Lane). I know a Hampden could fit 5 but this only was done in exceptional cases (like the ferry flights to Russia).
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    Gazette Issue 34900 published on the 19 July 1940. Page 10 of 62


    Awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal.
    751016 Sergeant William Slater BISSETT, Royal
    Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
    During a night early in July, 1940, Pilot
    Officer Webster was captain and pilot of an
    aircraft detailed to carry out an attack on
    the German battleship " Scharnhorst"
    whilst she was lying in the floating dock in
    Kiel Harbour. On arrival over Kiel the
    aircraft was picked out by the searchlights
    and subjected to a continuous hail of gunfire
    from the entire harbour defences. With
    great courage and determination this officer
    dived to 250 feet to attack and Sergeant
    Bissett, the navigator and bomb aimer,
    directed him with great skill and coolness
    on to the target. This is one of many occasions
    when this officer and airman have displayed
    conspicuous gallantry and devotion to
    duty.

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    Hi Henk
    Like you I found that Bissett wasn't on the one 61 Sqn loss recorded in Chorley, but if he is in Vol 9 it could mean he came back fatally wounded or already dead on an a/c that was otherwise ok and that would not be recorded in Chorley as a loss. If someone has the ORB it might be in there.
    Regards
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dick View Post
    Hi Henk
    Like you I found that Bissett wasn't on the one 61 Sqn loss recorded in Chorley, but if he is in Vol 9 it could mean he came back fatally wounded or already dead on an a/c that was otherwise ok and that would not be recorded in Chorley as a loss. If someone has the ORB it might be in there.
    Regards
    Dick
    As he is buried in France this is unlikely unless he fell out of a damaged machine

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    Has anyone got hold off

    The Other Few: Bomber and Coastal Command Operations in the Battle of Britain By Larry Donnelly?

    You can read some of it at Google Books, but the pages for losses on Sat 14th Sept are NOT part of the review

    What is interesting is 'some Hampdens bombed Calais' - BTW Hampden X2922 is listed as being lst on 13-9-40 by CWGC

    http://books.google.com/books?id=y7Xi9MWcE48C&printsec=copyright&dq=BISSET T+dfm&source=gbs_toc_s&cad=1

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    Hi Henk and Paul
    Paul is right, I missed the burial location, but the point could still be valid as if the a/c got back Chorley would not record it as a loss but he would record individual deaths in Vol 9. It has to be left open as to why Bissett is in France. He could have baled out or otherwise have been thrown out, as Paul says, from a damaged a/c . His absence would have been noticed on landing if it wasn't known before and the ORB may well record the fact.
    Regards
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    Paul, nothing in The Other Few I'm afraid. I've gone back a few days in case he exited an aircraft that made it back, and then died of his injuries, but cannot find anything.

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