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    440626 - Unaccounted Airwoman & Airmen - 26-6-1944

    From Henk's list -

    WAAF
    UK
    GOODYEAR, Emily - LACW - 2053047 - WAAF -Moulton (All Saints), Lincolnshire.

    UK
    BROWN, Reginald Arthur - F/S - 1582802 - RAFVR - Runnymede Memorial, Surrey.
    DAVIS, Raymond James - F/O - 154593 - RAFVR - Runnymede Memorial, Surrey.
    MAHONEY, Charles Lewis. - Cpl - 1257917 - RAFVR - Brookwood, Surrey.
    MELROSE, John Bertram - Sgt 1024217 - RAFVR - Edinburgh (Warriston), Edinburgh.
    MINKE, Ronald - Sgt(Pilot) - 1520914 - RAFVR - Pudsey, Yorkshire.
    POWELL, Frank Norman - Sgt(Pilot) - 659006 - RAF - Liverpool (Anfield), Lancashire.
    WILLY, Clifford Mason - Sqdn/Ldr - 70740 - RAF(RAFO) - Runnymede Memorial, Surrey.

    From CWGC & Geoff's sites -

    INDIA
    HARWOOD, George William - W/O - 590475 - RAF - Madras, India.

    IRAQ
    COCKCROFT, Ernest Forsyth - P/O (Pilot) - 175040 - RAFVR - Basra, Iraq.
    FORESTER, Cyril Alfred Charles - P/O (Pilot) - 175058 - RAFVR - Basra, Iraq.

    UK
    CHERRY, James Stuart - Sgt(Flt/Engr) - 2209539 - RAFVR - Birkenhead (Landican), Cheshire. [ Halifax V - DG395 - 1667 HCU ].
    SMALLBONE, Edward - Sgt(Air Bomber) - 906002 - RAFVR - Woking (St. Johns0, Surrey. [ Halifax V - DG395 - 1667 HCU ].
    SMYTH, George Nevill Conyngham - F/O (Pilot) - 141352 - RAFVR - Willaston (Christ Church), Cheshire. [ Halifax V - DG395 - 1667 HCU ].
    SPLANE, Edgar Charles - F/O (Nav) - 154056 - RAFVR - Stafford, Staffordshire. [ Halifax V - DG395 - 1667 HCU ].

    USA
    RAISBECK, Kenneth - AC2c - 1807868 - RAFVR - Miami (Grand Army of the republic), Oklahoma, USA.

    Alex

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    RAISBECK 1807868 - with 3 B.F.T.S. (Course 20). The ORB form 540 states he was killed in a flying accident 4.5 miles south of Oswego, Kansas. He was the only occupant of the aircraft.

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    Hi

    INDIA
    HARWOOD, George William - W/O - serving with 312 MU.

    IRAQ
    COCKCROFT, Ernest Forsyth - P/O (Pilot) - serving with 3 ADU
    FORESTER, Cyril Alfred Charles - P/O (Pilot) - serving with 3 ADU.

    UK
    GOODYEAR, Emily - LACW - registered in Sudbury.
    BROWN, Reginald Arthur - F/S - probably killed whilst flying in Wellington X, MF704 of No 105 OTU, which failed to return from a night navigation exercise.
    DAVIS, Raymond James - F/O - see Brown.
    MAHONEY, Charles Lewis. - Cpl - possibly killed in a V-1 attack, his death being registered in Lambeth.
    MELROSE, John Bertram - Sgt - not Eng/Wales?.
    MINKE, Ronald - Sgt(Pilot) - possibly killed whilst flying in Tiger Moth II, T73337 of No 4 EFTS, which dived into the ground near Bellasize in East Yorkshire.
    POWELL, Frank Norman - Sgt(Pilot) - see Minke.
    WILLY, Clifford Mason - Sqdn/Ldr - see Brown.
    CHERRY, James Stuart - Sgt(Flt/Engr) - Halifax V - DG395 - 1667 HCU ].
    SMALLBONE, Edward - Sgt(Air Bomber) - Halifax V - DG395 - 1667 HCU ].
    SMYTH, George Nevill Conyngham - F/O (Pilot) - Halifax V - DG395 - 1667 HCU ].
    SPLANE, Edgar Charles - F/O (Nav) - Halifax V - DG395 - 1667 HCU ].

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    Sgt John Bertram Melrose died of cardiac failure in an Edinburgh Hospital.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wwrsimon View Post
    RAISBECK 1807868 - with 3 B.F.T.S. (Course 20). The ORB form 540 states he was killed in a flying accident 4.5 miles south of Oswego, Kansas. He was the only occupant of the aircraft.

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    Simon

    Simon, a query from Facebook

    I am the son of Ken Raisbeck who was killed in a flying accident on 26th June 1944 at 20Course No3 BFTS Miami Oklahoma. I have been trying to locate the crash site for years and have only just read the post from 'simon' who states that it is 3.5 miles south of Oswego Kansas. Is there any way of getting more information that anyone knows of. I have compiled lots of details of his time in Miami which is catalogued and I plan to return to Miami next October and present a copy to the Dobson Museum. -- John Raisbeck
    Any further details that can be posted here on the exact crash site?

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    Jagan, and John

    Apart from the ORB entry, I also have a couple of newspaper articles, as follows, which John may already have seen:

    "Miami June 27 – a British cadet killed Monday in a trainer plane crash near Oswego was identified by authorities at the Spartan School of Aeronautics today as K Raisbeck, 26, a former London policeman. Funeral services will be held here tomorrow with burial in the G.A.R. cemetery."
    Emporia Gazette, Emporia, Kansas, June 27th 1944

    "HOLD RITES FOR BRITISH CADET KILLED IN CRASH
    Miami, Okla., June 28 – Funeral services for K. Raisbeck, 27 years old, of Luton, Bedfordshire, England, a cadet at the Spartan airplane school, who was killed Monday in a plane crash south of Oswego, Kan., were held this afternoon at the Lane funeral home in Miami, with the Rev. Harry Curtis of the First Presbyterian church, and a chaplain of the local British school officiating. Burial was in G.A.R. cemetery in the British corner.
    Cadet Raisbeck, who is survived by his widow and one child, who reside in England, was an advanced student at the school, and a member of the graduating class. He was on a routine flight and alone at the time of the crash."
    Joplin Globe, Thursday June 29th 1944

    From the RCAF records on ancestry.com:

    Aircraft flown solo by A.C.2 Raisbeck crashed at Oswego, Kansas 15
    miles N.W. of Miami, Oklahoma, on 26th June 1944. Cause not yet established.
    Next of Kin: Mrs Joyce Marjorie Raisbeck (Wife), 65 Blenheim Crescent, Luton, Beds.
    Parents: Mr and Mrs Jack W Raisbeck, 40 Pasture Houses, Eldon, South Bishop Auckland, Co. Durham.
    DoB: 24th August 1917.

    I'd guess the local police, fire or coroner's department might have more detailed reords of the actual crash site.

    Regards

    Simon

    EDIT

    The Miami Daily News Herald of June 26th 1944 reported that "an airplane believed to be a trainer crashed today six miles south of Oswego on the farm of Mrs. Elsie Hansens."

    The article also reports that the crash was witnessed by farm workers.
    Last edited by wwrsimon; 4th January 2016 at 09:57. Reason: Added the Miami Daily News article details

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    Thanks Simon. I have passed this on..

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    Did you hear anything further Jagan?

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    Quote Originally Posted by malcolm_raf View Post
    MINKE, Ronald - Sgt(Pilot) - possibly killed whilst flying in Tiger Moth II, T73337 of No 4 EFTS, which dived into the ground near Bellasize in East Yorkshire.
    POWELL, Frank Norman - Sgt(Pilot) - see Minke.
    Minke and Powell are certainly indexed as appearing on the same page of the Howden death register.

    For Powell the Liverpool Echo of 30 June 1944 states:

    "Flight-Sergeant Frank Norman Powell, son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Powell 104 Newcombe Street, Anfield, has lost his life as a result of an aircraft accident on June 26. He had been acting as an instructor for some time. He was 24, and was an old boy of Holy Trinity and St. margaret's Schools. He was a former employee of Messers. J. V. Rank, miller. He has a brother with the R.A.C., and his father is in the Merchant Navy."

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