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    Default Unaccounted airman - 27-12-1943

    What caused the death of LAC John G. HOFFEN - 537498 - 217 Sqn (St.Eval, Cornwall) - missing and commemorated on Panel 23 of the Runnymede Memorial.
    Regards and thanks for your help.
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    Hi Henk
    We'll forgive you the typo, Hoffen died in 1940. At the time 217 had both Ansons and Beauforts. I think dec 1940 was the month when the RAF made the last of the non-commissioned aircrew up to Sgt rank, so Hoffen could have been a gunner or w/op or also groundcrew, airborne following maintenance. His name does not come on the death registers
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    Hoffen was reported "Missing" in the Times list of 12 Jan 1941 and "Previously Missing Now Presumed Killed in Action" in the 24 Sep 1941 list.

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    He doesn't appear on http://www.stmawgan.org.uk/book_of_remembrance.htm nor is there a loss for the 27th. There does seem to be one on the 26th though.

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    Default Unaccounted airman - 27-12-1940

    Thanks friends. Don't know how to alter the title of the thread. Bookmarked St.Mawgan website.
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    I have a possible loss that needs checking for this date.

    Wellington N2810 of 9FPP ditched and sank into Fort William Bay.

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    Default 431227 - Unaccounted Airmen - 27-12-1943

    Hello,

    431227 - Unaccounted Airmen - 27-12-1943

    From Henk's list -

    MALTA
    HOLE, Reginald Arthur Davis - AC2c - 1234992 - Malta(Capuccini), Malta.

    UK
    BALDWIN, Eric Phillip - LAC - 512470 - RAF - Bath (Haycombe), Somerset.


    From CWGC & Geoff's sites -

    PAKISTAN
    GRANT, Donald Hugh - AC1c - 1551843 - RAFVR - Karachi, Pakistan.

    SOUTH AFRICA
    O'BREE, Arthur - F/O - 77416 - RAFVR - Johannesburg (West Park), Gauteng, South Africa.

    UK
    COLLINS, William Victor - LAC (Drogue Op) - 1368338 - Edinburgh (Comely Bank), Edinburgh.

    Zimbabwe
    BOX, John Arthur George - AC2c (Pilot U/T) - 1803445 - RAFVR - Bulawayo (Athlone), Zimbabwe.
    DAVIES, Charles Frederick - Ac2c(Pilot U/T) - 1603287 - Bulawayo (Athlone), Zimbabwe.

    Alex

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    Hi

    MALTA
    HOLE, Reginald Arthur Davis - AC2 - serving with 10 W/T.

    PAKISTAN
    GRANT, Donald Hugh - AC1 - serving with 301 MU.

    SOUTH AFRICA
    O'BREE, Arthur - F/O - DOAS whilst serving in Durban.

    UK
    BALDWIN, Eric Phillip - LAC - not Eng/Wales?.
    COLLINS, William Victor - LAC (Drogue Op) - possibly killed whilst flying in Martinet I, JN493 of No 10 AGS, which crashed in an attempted forced landing near Biggar Bank in Lancashire following an engine failure

    Zimbabwe
    BOX, John Arthur George - AC2 (Pilot U/T) - serving with 23 SFTS.
    DAVIES, Charles Frederick - Ac2(Pilot U/T) - serving with 23 SFTS.

    Malcolm

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    Hello All,

    Can confirm COLLINS was indeed lost in Martinet JN493 as detailed below:

    JN493 P& Powis 1690 / C 23 (c) Mercury XXV 26.05.43 8 A.G.S., Evanton; 07.10.43 10 A.G.S., Barrow; 27.12.43 Flying Accident Cat E damage, 10 A.G.S., Barrow, aircrafts engine cut in flight pilot attempted forced landing when in position lowered undercarriage and flaps, stalled and crashed, Biggar Bank, Lancs. Pilot Flt / Sgt CIURKOT, Eugeninsz Henryk (P780943) P.A.F. Killed, T.T.O. Leading Aircraftsman COLLINS, William Victor (1368338) Killed. Accident time 12.40, Duty: Towing.

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    Hole, O'Bree, Baldwin and Grant are all found to be DOAS
    http://www.skynet.ie/~dan/war/flight...nscription.htm

    There is a 32 yr old Eric P Baldwin registered in Swindon district, Wilts'
    Dennis Burke
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    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
    www.ww2irishaviation.com

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