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    Default Unaccounted airmen - 30-9-1940

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

    Sgt (WOp/Ag) Herbert R. CLAYTON - 939677 - killed on active service
    Sgt (Pilot u/t) John C. HURST - 745671 - name not found in Flight archives
    Cpl Norman L.D. KEMP - 354299 - killed on active service
    P/O (Pilot) Douglas J. NEILL - 81336 - killed on active service
    Sgt (WOp/Ag) Fred SMITH - 970132 - killed on active service
    Sgt (Pilot) William H. WAKE - 742271 - killed on active service.

    Proposed aircraft losses for this day:

    Anson I - K6236 - 1 SGR - crashed in forced landing South Shore, Blackpool
    Battle I - L5047 - 7 AACU - crashed on overshoot Pembridge LG
    Hudson I - N7273 - 1 (C)OTU - dived into ground Cummertrees, Dumfries
    Master I - N7771 - 8 FTS - flew into ground on night approach 1˝ mile E of Edzell.

    Regards and thanks for your help.
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    Here are the ORB entries for Master N7771 and Hudson N7273.

    September 30th 1940, 8 F.T.S. Montrose, “Master aircraft N7771 crashed at Edzell while night flying 745671 Sgt Hurst, the sole occupant was killed.”

    September 30th 1940, 1 O.T.U. Silloth, “A Hudson machine N7273 crashed at Cummertrees Annan the following were killed. 81336 P/O Neill D.G. 742271 Sgt Wake W.H. 970132 Sgt Smith F.”
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    Henk

    Clayton, Neill, Smith and Wake are registered at Hoddon, Dumfries. Place of death Barrhill, Ecclefechan, Annan, which, although I have not been able to pinpoint Barrhill, is 7m or so NE of Cummertrees where Hudson N7273 is said to have crashed.

    Hurst is registered at Marykirk and was in N7771.

    Kemp is registered at Hastings.

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    Interesting 1 OTU forgot one of the crew. I have checked the 10 BGS ORB and while they didn't name the crew it confirmed four crew. “Hudson aircraft from OTU Silloth crashed near Annan. All four occupants being killed.”
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    Hi Henk
    Kemp,37, is registered at Hastings in Sussex, Neill,22, is registered at Blyth which is in Suffolk. I found 2 Wakes. A William H Wake is registered at Fylde but his age is given as 57, although the area would be right for Blackpool. A William Wake ,19, is registered in a district called Northumberland N 2ND (there is a N 1st)
    In view of what Dave has found we should put my Wakes to Sleep!!
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    Thanks friends for all your valuable info; very much appreciated.
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    Hello

    Cpl Norman L.D. KEMP - 354299 - the Hastings and St Leonards Observer of October 5th 1940 reported the following:

    BROTHERS DIE IN SUCCESSIVE RAIDS
    A tragic coincidence had robbed Mr. and Mrs. W. Kemp, of 126 Emmanuel Road, Hastings, of two sons, Norman Llewellyn David Kemp, aged 37, a corporal in the Royal Air Force, and Nelson Oliver Kemp, aged 33.
    The younger son lost his life in the air raid on Hastings on Thursday last week. His elder brother, Norman, came home on leave from the R.A.F. on Sunday in order to attend the funeral on Tuesday. He was actually out on affairs in connection with the funeral arrangements when he was fatally wounded by a bomb fragment. The two brothers were buried together yesterday (Friday).

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    Simon

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