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    Default 1128796 LAC Ronald Davies MID - 617 Squadron

    1128796 LAC Ronald Davies MID of 617 Squadron is listed on the Runnymeade Memorial and his date of death is shown as 29/12/1944.

    I have checked the Squadron ORBs and various publications and can find no record that relates to his death.

    As an LAC I assume that he was not Aircrew and I can find no record of an accident, although there was an operation on the night of the 29th December 44.

    Can anyone help with any information on this airmans death?

    Regards

    Paul J

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    Paul,

    Davies is listed in Chorleys Bomber Command Losses Volume 9 Roll of Honour 1939-1947 !

    Mark

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    Hi All
    A listing in Chorley's Vol 9 can occur when someone is known to have died on an a/c that was not itself a loss, or could be accident or illness. There is the death of a Ronald Davies age 24 registered at Cambridge in the 1st Qtr of 1945(a possibility for a death at the very end of 1944) but this is a long way from Woodhall Spa (617 Home A/F)and if it was a death in a Hospital one would expect notice on CWGC of burial or cremation. The only possibility I can think of is involvement in an explosion in the Cambridge area that left no recognisable remains but could still be registered as a death. If he was sent, as a specialist?, to deal with a Tallboy Bomb from an a/c that landed away from base and it detonated after removal from the a/c it would fit the "circumstances" and there would be no a/c loss. Just a thought.
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    I think the 617 Squadron connection is doubtful as Davies was killed at Waterbeach during the bombing up of an aircraft. (AHB)

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    Thank you everyone for your responses. I have been looking at this death for quite some time as part of an overall project. Your help and advice is greatly appreciated.

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    Paul J

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    Default 1128796 LAC Ronald Davies MID - 617 Squadron

    Hi,

    I have a note saying, thirteen ground crew members killed, when Lancaster PD325 from 514 Sqn on Waterbeach, exploded after a 250lb bomb was falling and detonating while being loaded.

    Sorry, do not remember the source.

    According "RAF War Deaths", LAC Ronald Davies is mentioned to belong to "RAF Base Stn. Waterbeach".

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    Finn Buch

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    Hi Paul
    A death registration at Cambridge would fit Waterbeach. Chorley has the Lancaster that exploded as PD325, JI-L2 but does not give any details of casualties in Vol 5, another Lanc nearby was destroyed by debris,NG141, so Davies might have been killed near that one.
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    Cross referencing Chorley's Vol 9 and the CWGC:

    Name: BICHARD, DERRICK GORDON
    Initials: D G
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Leading Aircraftman
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    Age: 20
    Date of Death: 29/12/1944
    Service No: 1870102
    Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Sec. H.B. Grave 661.
    Cemetery: SOUTHGATE CEMETERY

    Name: BOLTON, SAMUEL
    Initials: S
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Leading Aircraftman
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    Date of Death: 29/12/1944
    Service No: 1639785
    Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 241.
    Memorial: RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL

    Name: BREWER, DONALD VICTOR
    Initials: D V
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Aircraftman 2nd Class
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    Age: 19
    Date of Death: 29/12/1944
    Service No: 1893614
    Additional information: Son of Victor and Isabel Brewer, of Greenford, Middlesex.
    Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Grave 15119.
    Cemetery: CAMBRIDGE CITY CEMETERY

    Name: CLARKE, CYRIL JAMES
    Initials: C J
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Leading Aircraftman
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    Age: 20
    Date of Death: 29/12/1944
    Service No: 2207098
    Additional information: Son of Albert Edward and Sarah Jane Clarke, of Skellow, Yorkshire.
    Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Row 1, grave 7.
    Cemetery: TURNHOUT COMMUNAL CEMETERY

    Name: HAYDEN, GEOFFREY GRAHAM
    Initials: G G
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Leading Aircraftman
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    Age: 20
    Date of Death: 29/12/1944
    Service No: 1863381
    Additional information: Son of Geoffrey David and Madge Edith Hayden, of Holt, Norfolk.
    Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Grave 15118.
    Cemetery: CAMBRIDGE CITY CEMETERY

    Name: LEACH, HARRY GEORGE
    Initials: H G
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Aircraftman 1st Class
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    Age: 34
    Date of Death: 29/12/1944
    Service No: 1429200
    Additional information: Husband of Lilian Leach, of Finchley, Middlesex.
    Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 243.
    Memorial: RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL

    Name: SMALES, LAURENCE
    Initials: L
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Leading Aircraftman
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    Age: 23
    Date of Death: 29/12/1944
    Service No: 1621436
    Additional information: Son of Harry and Edith Smales; husband of Hilda Smales, of Stanley, Yorkshire.
    Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 242.
    Memorial: RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL

    Name: WATSON, FREDERICK CHARLES
    Initials: F C
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Leading Aircraftman
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    Age: 29
    Date of Death: 29/12/1944
    Service No: 1169390
    Additional information: Son of John Robert and Alice Clara Watson; husband of Lilian Jessie Watson, of King's Lynn, Norfolk.
    Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 242.
    Memorial: RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL

    Name: WESTGARTH, JOHN
    Initials: J
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Corporal
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force
    Age: 23
    Date of Death: 29/12/1944
    Service No: 552023
    Additional information: Son of R. and Lilian Hilda Westgarth, of Hexham, Northumberland.
    Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 241.
    Memorial: RUNNYMEDE MEMORIA

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    Default Thanks Again

    Again, my thanks to Finn, Dick & Amrit for your replies. Certainly looks as though this was the incident which killed Davies. Your help is very much appreciated.

    Regards

    Paul J

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