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    Default Flt Lt Henry Robert Evans (149850) died 14 Sept 1945 age 28

    Hello All,
    Flt Lt Evans is buried in my local Church yard at Rugby and shown in CWGC with details as per thread title. His name appears in a web search on here referenced to Shropshire casualties.
    Anyone have any details or can any kind soul please do a look up in Colin Cumming's Price of Peace if it is handy?
    I am assuming that he was killed perhaps in a post war training accident?
    Thank you
    Steve
    People of particular interest to me:
    Flt Lt Pat Wade DFC. Rear Gunner 101 and 103 Sqdns also Observer in Auster AOPs Malaya 1951.
    Sub Lt Henry Deterding. Pilot of Swordfish L9756 of 825 Sqdn.
    First Officer Peter George ATA. Based No 6 Ferry Pool. Ratcliffe Aerodrome.

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    Steve, Hi
    Not a lot, but

    ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    Promotion.
    Flg. Offs. to be Flt. Lts. (war subs.): —
    9th Dec. 1943.
    H. R. EVANS (149850).

    Deaths Sep 1945 (>99%)
    Evans Henry R 27 Wenlock 6a 643

    HTH
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    Hi Steve

    He is listed as being at RAF Innsworth, probably a holding post as non-effective (sick), as he is registered in Wenlock so probably died in the RAF Hospital at Cosford, but his death was not aircraft related.

    Malcolm

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    No trace in The Price of Peace. I have checked for the 14th and a few weeks prior.

    Rgds

    Jonny
    In fond memory of Corporal James Oakland AGC (RMP), killed in action in Afghanistan on 22 October 2009. Exemplo Ducemus.

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    Steve, Hi,
    Looks like you might have to go for the DC to find out, precisely, (a) where he died, and (b) what killed him? That is always presupposing that somebody has not already done that, and is on the circuit??!!
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    Peter Davies
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    Hi chaps, he died of acute leukaemia in RAF Hospital, Cosford. At the time of his death he was on strength of 1 Personnel Holding Unit, Innsworth.

    Cheers, Tom

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    Told 'yer!
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    Hi,

    From the London Gazette, he was ex Army transferring over Spring 1941 NCO number 655356 Commissioned Pilot Officer 6-12-1941 number 47771. This number is later changed to 149850. The October 1945 Air Force List still list his as a Pilot - General Duties.

    Mark

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    Thanks for all the very helpful posts, much appreciated. I used to find it very poignant that someone dies just after a cessation of hostilities, but of course, the more you read and learn, the more you come to realise that the deaths are always there, it's just the rate that deteriorates from the lack of combat deaths.
    It must be particularly sad for the families who have been worrying for so long about the risks to a loved one during the war, only to have them snatched away by accident or illness, just when they were looking forward to a peaceful future.
    In previous conflicts of the Crimea, Napoleonic, Boer and the like, before the huge medical effect of penicillin etc, the loss to disease could easily outnumber combat deaths. However, by WW II in the European theatre, you would have hoped that by dodging bullets and flak for long enough after the risks of the training system, fate might be on your side,.... as such this grave now reminds me of another tragedy just down the road from me to the heir of Farnborough Hall, just near Banbury.
    Flt Lt Edward Holbech RAFVR after being awarded the DFC for particular bravery in low level reconnaissance photographic missions in his II Squadron Spitfire was killed in a car crash whilst returning from a party celebrating VJ Day in September 1945. Sometimes fate can seem cruel, but that's only if you are sentimental enough to believe in fate in the first place.
    All the best to you all,
    Steve
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    People of particular interest to me:
    Flt Lt Pat Wade DFC. Rear Gunner 101 and 103 Sqdns also Observer in Auster AOPs Malaya 1951.
    Sub Lt Henry Deterding. Pilot of Swordfish L9756 of 825 Sqdn.
    First Officer Peter George ATA. Based No 6 Ferry Pool. Ratcliffe Aerodrome.

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