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    Default AC2 Murdo Macleod 1572111 killed inLondon

    This airman had passed his MA at Edinburgh and was due to train as a Wireless Opertor. He was killed in London on 30 June 1944, aged 22, by a V1 or by collapsing debris as a result of one. I believe that 800 aircrew trainess from RAF Hornchurch were allocated to clearing damaged and destroyed buildings caused by flying bombs ilanding n London during the summer of '44.

    Can anybody confirm the RAF Hornchurch deployment and can anybody state whether V1 rockets dropped on London on 30 June 1944?

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    If you search using either Geoffs serch engine

    http://www.hut-six.co.uk/cgi-bin/search39-47.php

    or the CWGC site, for that date and select Civilian deaths, you get at least 226 deaths. the small sample i looked at were for St pancreas district in London.

    Murdo McLeod's death was registered in St Pancreas district aged 22 in summer 1944. The death index spells his name McLeod

    You can check it on freebmd.org.uk
    Dennis Burke
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    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
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    Malcom,
    At least one V-1 flying-bomb dropped on London on 30 Jun 44 (see http://www.westendatwar.org.uk/page_id__10_path__0p28p.aspx).
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    Dennis & Peter

    You both take off so quickly that I am sure no flying bombs would get through to their target nowadays!

    Many thanks for that information which is ever so helpful.

    His name was indeed Macleod but, as we Highlanders & Islanders have come to expect, the Lowland Scots and Irish 'Mc' was often deployed in the services without even asking us how we spell our name!

    Regards
    Malcolm

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    Malcolm,

    Brian Cull's, Diver! Diver! Diver! (London:Grub Street,2008), pages 108-110, provides a comprehensive account of the V-1s that fell on London and Districts, on 30 June, 1944.

    Col.

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    Thanks Col

    I shall try and obtain a copy.

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    Malcom,
    Also bear in mind that a copy of the DC will give (a) the precise location where death occurred, and (b) the precise medical causes of death. In some of the DCs that we have looked at this latter may end with something like ". . . whilst engaged in . . ". But I suspect that this may not be the case in this instance! Too many casualties, too little time, and not enough Registrars, etc.
    Now if he was at Hornchurch on some WoP course then that will be shown on his Service Docs. In persuance of the mantra "EVERYBODY in the RAF HAS to be SOMEWHERE all the time", his Service Docs (if he was Detached from Hornchurch to London - for whatever reason) will also show that he was taken OFF the strength of Hornchurch and put ON the strength of some other RAF Sation/Unit even if only for Food & Water, and if not for full Pay Accounting, etc. NoKs can get a copy of Service Docs. Can you do this (through his last known NoK)?
    The London Fire Brigade WW2 Archives are also likely to contain a narrative of the events. We are currently chasing one of 'our' casualties much earlier in the Blitz through this method - long, slow, process!!
    Let us know how you get on!
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    Last edited by Resmoroh; 13th August 2013 at 13:59. Reason: Incorrect punctuation
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