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    Default 440317 - Unaccounted Airmen - 17-3-1944

    Hello,

    440317 - Unaccounted Airmen - 17-3-1944

    From Henk's list -

    ALGERIA
    GRIFFITHS, Leonard - LAC - 1234622 - RAFVR - Le Petit Lac, Algeria.

    ITALY
    SALVIDGE, Alfred George - LAC - 546876 - RAF - Naples, Italy.

    UK
    BAINBRIDGE, John William - LAC - 1203032 - RAFVR - Darlington West, Durham.
    HUNT, Phillip - AC1c - 1430083 - RAFVR - 290 Sqdn - Bruntingthorpe (St. Mary), Leicestershire.
    LANE, Louis Edward - Cpl - 963168 - RAFVR - West Norwood, London.
    LITTLEBOY, Kitchener Walter - Cpl - 910026 - RAFVR - Hampton, Middlesex.
    MACKENZIE, Thomas George - Sgt (Pilot) - 1338658 - RAFVR - Richmond, Surrey.
    PARISH, Joseph Herbert - Cpl - 562255 - RAF - Filey (St. Oswald), Yorkshire.
    PEERS, Kenneth Gibson - F/S - 507797 - RAF - Darlington West, Durham.
    SMALLWOOD, Charles Frederick - Sgt - 1575172 - RAFVR - Runnymede Memorial, Surrey.

    From CWGC & Geoff's sites -

    BANGLADESH
    OWEN, Edward Tudor - Sqdn/Ldr - 130119 - RAFVR - Chittagong, Bangladesh.

    CANADA
    BIGGS, Kenneth Guy - LAC - 1606049 - RAFVR - Red Deer, Alberta, Canada.
    MURPHY, John Benedict - P/O - 55294 - RAFVR - Ottawa Memorial, Ontario, Canada. [ Dakota III - FL650 - 32 OTU ].
    OLIVER, Douglas - Sgt - 1565344 - RAFVR - Ottawa Memorial, Ontario, Canada. [ Dakota III - FL650 - 32 OTU ].

    EGYPT
    DIGBY, Malachy - LAC - 619951 - RAF - El Alamein, Egypt.

    UK
    DENNIS, Roy - P/O (Pilot) - 162836 - D F M - RAFVR - Featherstone (Or North Featherstone), Yorkshire. [ Wellington III - BK352 - 17 OTU ].
    ROBINSON, Donald Stephen - F/S (WoP/A/G) - 1061047 - RAFVR - Oxford (Botley), Oxfordshire. [ Wellington III - BK352 - 17 OTU ].
    SMALL, Ernest - Sgt (A/G) - 1697611 - RAFVR - Gateshead (Saltwell), Durham.[ Wellington Ic - R1183 - 28 OTU - died of injuries ].
    WALTERS, John James Owen - Sgt (Air Bomber) - 1652405 - RAFVR - Marshfield (St. mary), Monmouthshire. [ Wellington III - BK352 - 17 OTU ].

    Possible aircraft:
    Wellington X3967 - 27 OTU

    Alex

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    Hi

    ALGERIA
    GRIFFITHS, Leonard - LAC - serving with 156 MU.

    ITALY
    SALVIDGE, Alfred George - LAC - listed as serving with 5 BU.

    BANGLADESH
    OWEN, Edward Tudor - Sqn Ldr - serving at 68 MFH.

    CANADA
    BIGGS, Kenneth Guy - LAC - probably killed whilst flying in Oxford II, AS272 of No 36 SFTS, which spun into the ground near Penhold after losing power on take off.
    MURPHY, John Benedict - P/O - Dakota III - FL650 - 32 OTU.
    OLIVER, Douglas - Sgt - Dakota III - FL650 - 32 OTU.

    EGYPT
    DIGBY, Malachy - LAC - serving with 5 RRP

    UK
    BAINBRIDGE, John William - LAC - possibly killed whilst flying in Beaufighter X, KW336 of No 46 MU, which dived into the ground on the approach to Lossiemouth.
    HUNT, Phillip - AC1 -probably killed whilst flying in Martinet I, JN548 of No 290 Sqn, which came down in the sea and exploded off Glenluce, Wigtown following an engine fire.
    LANE, Louis Edward - Cpl - registered in Battersea.
    LITTLEBOY, Kitchener Walter - Cpl - registered in Sleaford.
    MACKENZIE, Thomas George - Sgt (Pilot) - registered in Ampthill
    PARISH, Joseph Herbert - Cpl - possibly Beaufighter X, KW336 of No 46 MU.
    PEERS, Kenneth Gibson - F/S - registered in Ryedale.
    SMALLWOOD, Charles Frederick - Sgt - possibly Wellington III - BK352 - 17 OTU?.
    DENNIS, Roy - P/O (Pilot) - Wellington III - BK352 - 17 OTU.
    ROBINSON, Donald Stephen - F/S (WoP/A/G) - Wellington III - BK352 - 17 OTU.
    SMALL, Ernest - Sgt (A/G) - Wellington Ic - R1183 - 28 OTU - died of injuries.
    WALTERS, John James Owen - Sgt (Air Bomber) - Wellington III - BK352 - 17 OTU.

    Malcolm

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    From Scotland's People:

    John William BAINBRIDGE was killed in flying accident at Winfield, Berwickshire on the same day as 405843 W/O Hamilton Alexander DOUGLAS RAAF.

    Also killed on the same day at Winfield were 1486631 Sgt John HALL and 1333983 Sgt (Pilot) Gilbert Douglas James HANLON, in Beaufighter R2375 [this is, as Col points out below, incorrect. Apologies for the error]

    From and old thread on here:

    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/sho...AF.-18-03-1944

    Douglas was killed in Martinet EM481. Was Bainbridge the TTO on the Martinet...?

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    Simon

    Regards

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    Last edited by wwrsimon; 7th December 2013 at 10:18. Reason: amended post to point out error

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    Simon,

    Just a reminder on, 1486631 Sgt John HALL, and 1333983 Sgt Gilbert Douglas James HAMILTON. Both were killed on 17-2-1944, not 17-3-1944.

    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/sho...rmen-17-2-1944.

    The information on 1203032 LAC John William BAINBRIDGE, if correct, is most welcome. There is little information on this incident in the Australian records.

    It should also be noted, that AUS405843 Sgt Hamilton Alexander DOUGLAS RAAF, suffered multiple injuries on 12-12-1942, when No.53 OTU Spitfire IIa P7442 crash-landed at Water End Farm Coaley, Gloucestershire, after engine failure (believed due to throttle failure). Sgt Douglas was admitted to RAF Innsworth Hospital, and underwent a lengthy period of convalescence.

    Thanks.

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 7th December 2013 at 11:43.

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    KW336 was being flown by Flying Officer Archibald Douglas Buchanan, and was the only occupant of the aircraft.
    Alan Clark

    Peak District Air Accident Research

    http://www.peakdistrictaircrashes.co.uk/

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    Thanks for pointing out my error Col - Hanlon was on the same page as Bainbridge and Douglas, and I didn't notice the different month...sorry! Both Bainbridge and Douglas are definitely March 17th though.

    Regards

    Simon

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    Therre were 3 missing with the 32 OTU Dakota, third man was wireless operator Sgt. R.A. Hodge, RNZAF, veteran of 17 operations with Bomber Command. The aircraft went missing at sea on night flight, and was never found. Took off at 19:40, last radio contact at 21:58.

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    Gents,

    Very interesting regarding BAINBRIDGE it would appear we may have our man. I can confirm HUNT on JN548 my notes detailed below:

    JN548 P& Powis 1690 / C 23 (c) Mercury XXX 05.06.43 289 Sqn, Turnhouse; 02.12.43 290 Sqn, West Freugh Det; 10.12.43 290 Sqn, West Freugh Det aircraft to Newtownards for inspection; 18.12.43 290 Sqn, West Freugh Det aircraft returned following inspection; 17.03.44 Flying Accident Cat E damage, 290 Sqn, West Freugh Det whilst peeling off aircrafts engine caught fire in flight and crashed into sea and exploded 5 miles South of Glen Luce, Wigtown. Cause of incident obscure but possible airscrew and reduction gear failure aircraft burnt on crashing. Pilot Flt / Sgt WHEELER, Reginald Walter (1384727) Killed, T.T.O. Aircraftsman 1st Class HUNT, Phillip (1430083) Killed. Accident time 16.00, Duty: Ack Ack Co-operation Target Towing. 17.03.44 F/Sgt Wheeler and A.C. Hunt of West Freugh Detachment missing in Martinet JN548 as a result of a crash in the sea 3 miles South of Glenluce.

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    Tim

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    Default OWEN Edward Tudor

    Sqdn/Ldr Edward Tudor Owen MB ChB, FRCS (Edinburgh), was born in Liverpool in 1910, graduated from Liverpool Uni about 1936 and received his Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1941. In March 1944 he was a medical officer in 62 Mobile Field Hospital at Cox's Bazaar, Bengal (now Bangladesh). His death certificate states that he died of a gunshot wound at Cox's Bazaar.

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    Hello,

    440317 - Unaccounted Airmen - 17-3-1944

    From Henk's list -

    BANGLADESH
    OWEN, Edward Tudor - Sqdn/Ldr - 130119 - RAFVR - Chittagong, Bangladesh.


    Alex

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