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    Hello,

    431028 - Unaccounted Airmen - 28-10-1943

    From Henk's list -

    EGYPT
    BELL, John - LAC - 1106849 - RAFVR - Alexandria (Hadra) Egypt.
    BEVERLEY, Albert - LAC - 1526919 - RAFVR - Alexandria (Hadra) Egypt.
    BRIDGER, Geoffrey Peter - Cpl - 1156597 - RAFVR - Alexandria (Hadra) Egypt.
    CASSELL, Ronald Geoffrey - LAC - 1231874 - RAFVR - Alexandria (Hadra) Egypt.
    COWELL, Antony Robert - LAC - 1287607 - RAFVR - Alexandria (Hadra) Egypt.
    DAVIES, Edward John - Cpl - 642100 - RAF - Alexandria (Hadra) Egypt.
    GAUNTLETT, Lewis Stanley - LAC - 1213980 - RAFVR - Alexandria (Hadra) Egypt.
    HARPER, Robert - F/S - 528681 - RAF - Alexandria (Hadra) Egypt.
    WELCH, Edward John - LAC - 613437 - RAF - Alexandria (Hadra) Egypt.
    WILKINSON, John - LAC - 1658631 - RAFVR - Alexandria (Hadra) Egypt.

    From CWGC & Geoff's sites -

    CANADA
    LYONS, George Ernest - LAC - 1803651 - RAFVR - North Battleford, Saskatchewan, Canada.

    GREECE
    GRAY, Alex Peter - LAC - 95732 - RAFVR - Rhodes, Greece.

    UK
    GREEN, Herbert James - F/O (Pilot) - 143694 - RAFVR - Guildford (Stoke) Surrey.

    USA
    CHAMBERLAIN, Walter William - LAC - 1801444 - RAFVR - Mesa City, Arizona.
    CLARKE, Reginald George Henry - Cpl - 950784 - RAFVR - Mesa City, Arizona.

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    I've got BELL, John 1106849 as DOAS. Can anyone confirm?

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    Hi Alex

    EGYPT
    BELL, John - LAC - serving with 55 RSU.
    BEVERLEY, Albert - LAC - serving with 55 RSU.
    BRIDGER, Geoffrey Peter - Cpl - serving with 55 RSU.
    CASSELL, Ronald Geoffrey - LAC - serving with 55 RSU.
    COWELL, Antony Robert - LAC - serving with 55 RSU.
    DAVIES, Edward John - Cpl - serving with 55 RSU.
    GAUNTLETT, Lewis Stanley - LAC - serving with 55 RSU.
    HARPER, Robert - F/S - serving with 55 RSU.
    WELCH, Edward John - LAC - serving with 55 RSU.
    WILKINSON, John - LAC - serving with 55 RSU.

    CANADA
    LYONS, George Ernest - LAC - killed whilst flying in Oxford I, EB567 of No 35 SFTS, which spun into the ground on the approach to North Battleford.

    GREECE
    GRAY, Alex Peter - LAC - serving at 25 Sector Operations Room.

    UK
    GREEN, Herbert James - F/O (Pilot) - possibly killed whilst flying in Master II, EM344 of No 5 OTU, which crashed near Shobden as it took off for a night flight. rgistered in Leominster.

    USA
    CHAMBERLAIN, Walter William - LAC - serving at 4 BFTS.
    CLARKE, Reginald George Henry - Cpl - serving at 4 BFTS

    Malcolm

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    LAC J Bell appears in DOAS list in Fligth CasComm 333
    http://skynet.ie/~dan/war/flightsa/1...nscription.htm

    Simon, where did you get the DOAS status from, you can check in the Fligth magazines if name is scanned correctly or on my transcriptions above for 1944 published names. As with an transcriptions, there are still errors in there.

    All of the Egyptian names appear on the Cas Com 333 list as Died on Active Service.
    They may have been killed in a boat/tender or bus accident perhaps.
    Dennis Burke
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    Dennis

    I'd previously found LAC J Bell listed DOAS in Flight, January 20th 1944, page 79 (Casualty Communique 333, as you posted). As you say, Beverly, Bridger et al are also in the same section, so it looks like an accident claimed them all.

    Regards

    Simon

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    There are no Royal Navy casualties buried there that day from
    http://www.naval-history.net/xDKCas1943-10OCT.htm

    On the 30th of Oct there are two more RAf burials
    J H Cornish of 55 RSU
    and LAC F B Smith who is listed as being with 294 Squadron
    Both these are in the same DOAS list as the men above.

    That latter Squadron was based:
    5 October 1943 to 29 March 1944
    LG.91/Amriya South, Egypt
    Dets. at RAF Lakatamia Cyprus; Berka III, Libya; Derna, Libya; Mellaha, Libya;
    RAF Castel Benito, Libya; LG.07; RAF St Jean, Palestine and RAF Hergla, Tunisia

    Now thats per Wiki

    There may have been an accident at the base.
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    Hello,

    There could be some connection with the loss of the 55 RSU airmen and the following incident at Gianaclis, Egypt, on the 28th October, 1943:

    28-10-1943
    No.75 OTU
    Blenheim V BA857

    Engine lost power on approach and undershot at Gianaclis on air-test.

    P/O D Brown (Pilot) - safe
    AC1 T Evans - ground crew passenger injured
    AC1 A Napier - ground crew passenger injured

    See: Bristol Blenheim(2nd.ed.)/Warner. p.628

    No.55 RSU was based at Gianaclis at the time of the above incident. It was not uncommon for aircraft that over/undershot at desert landing grounds, to wipe out tented encampments, dispersals etc. Fatalities that occurred at Gianaclis, were eventually buried at Alexandria (Hadra) War Memorial Cemetery.

    Needs a bit more research.

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 6th September 2013 at 19:44.

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    Hello

    EGYPT
    CASSELL, Ronald Geoffrey - LAC - 1231874 - the Banbury Advertiser of November 3rd 1943 reported the following:

    HOOK NORTON AIRMAN KILLED IN MIDDLE EAST
    We record with regret the death in the Middle East of Leading Aircraftman Ronald Cassell, R.A.F., aged 22 years, who met his death as the result of a motoring accident.


    So, possibly the same accident involved the other names from 55 R.S.U.?

    Regards

    Simon

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    Default Re: 431028 - Unaccounted Airmen - 28-10-1943

    Reg these ten airmen from 55 RSU, I am reproducing the update from Jon Heyworth.

    Died with ten other airmen when Wellington 1C DV492 swung on take off and hit a 3 ton truck. Another airman died 2 days later of injuries, the Wellington had a full overload tank and burst into flames on impact but the crew escaped with burns
    BELL, John - LAC - 1106849 - RAFVR - Alexandria (Hadra) Egypt.
    BEVERLEY, Albert - LAC - 1526919 - RAFVR - Alexandria (Hadra) Egypt.
    BRIDGER, Geoffrey Peter - Cpl - 1156597 - RAFVR - Alexandria (Hadra) Egypt.
    CASSELL, Ronald Geoffrey - LAC - 1231874 - RAFVR - Alexandria (Hadra) Egypt.
    COWELL, Antony Robert - LAC - 1287607 - RAFVR - Alexandria (Hadra) Egypt.
    DAVIES, Edward John - Cpl - 642100 - RAF - Alexandria (Hadra) Egypt.
    GAUNTLETT, Lewis Stanley - LAC - 1213980 - RAFVR - Alexandria (Hadra) Egypt.
    HARPER, Robert - F/S - 528681 - RAF - Alexandria (Hadra) Egypt.
    WELCH, Edward John - LAC - 613437 - RAF - Alexandria (Hadra) Egypt.
    WILKINSON, John - LAC - 1658631 - RAFVR - Alexandria (Hadra) Egypt.

    Based on the above, I looked up the ORB of 294 Squadron, Page 29

    https://discovery.nationalarchives.g...mageViewerLink

    "Flt Lt Thom GD with a crew consisting of Fg Offr Catley, F/O Blades, WO Sutherlands, Sgt xxxks and Sgt Quick were detailed to take off in Wellington 1C DV492 (Letter ?), which carried normal rescue kit and one full overload tank. The ac was airborne at 1250 hours and hit a 3 ton truck carrying approximately 30 airmen of neighboring squadrons, immediately after take off resulting in the aircraft crashing and bursting into flames. The Wellington crew managed to escape, suffering from slight burns, with the exception fo the navigator F/O Catley who received severe burns on face and hands. Some 10 airmen were killed outright on the truck and approximately a further 10 injured. "

    In the context FB Smith, http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/sho...0722#post90722 mentioned here from 294 Sqn (Which gave me the clue to check the ORB) is not mentioned anywhere.. but likely casualty No. 12 for this terrible accident.
    Last edited by Jagan; 18th December 2020 at 05:42.

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