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Thread: P/O Francis Ratcliffe Observer Died 20 August 1942

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    Default P/O Francis Ratcliffe Observer Died 20 August 1942

    Hi

    Does anyone have anything on the death of this RAF Officer?

    He appears to have died during training but I'm not sure if this was in a flying accident or of other causes.

    Any info greatly appreciated.

    Cheers for 2014

    Alastair

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    Hi Alistair

    The Statutory Deaths on Scotland's People states that he died in an aircraft accident. His body was found on the shore of the Solway Firth, in the parish of Cummertrees, Dumfries and Galloway, at 8.15pm on August 22nd, together with that of Sgt John Brown (there may have been others on a previous page).

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    Simon

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    Hi Alastair

    He was probably killed whilst flying in Hudson I, T9273 of No 1 (C) OTU, which collided with AE646 of the same unit over the Solway Firth whilst carrying out a practice formation flight.

    Malcolm

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    Hi

    Your replies have helped me no end and I have managed to find the GEN on the crews on the net by searching the Hudson serial T9273. Both crews are listed and now I can research them better.
    Many thanks to you both

    Have a great Christmas

    Al

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    The GEN is actually on here guys.
    Cheers
    Al

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