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    441226 - Unaccounted Airmen - 26-12-1944

    From Henk's List -

    BELGIUM
    BROAD, Norman Owen - F/O - 158699 - RAFVR - Schoonselhof Cemetery, Antwerpen, Belgium.

    UK
    BUTLER, Francis Knightley - LAC - 346920 - RAFVR - Montgomery (St. Nicholas ) Churchyard, Montgomeryshire.
    DUNKLEY, Joseph Hert - AC2c - 1519528 - RAFVR - Sheffield (Shiregreen ) Cemetery, Yorkshire.
    KAY, James - F/O - 155317 - RAFVR - Bristol ( Arnos Vale ) Crematorium, Gloucestershire.
    KERSLAKE, John - LAC - 15099854 - RAFVR - Birmingham (Yardley) Cemetery, Warwickshire.
    MOYLE, William Walter Stanley - Cpl - 865083 -RAF (Auxiliary Air Force) - Wendron (St. Wendrona) Church Cemetery, Cornwall.
    PALMER, Lewis Winston - LAC - 1250436 - RAFVR - Llanedy (St. Edith ) Churchyard, Carmarthenshire.
    SCAIFE, Maxwell Byford - LAC - 1647338 - RAFVR - Woodbridge Cemetery, Suffolk.

    From CWGC & Geoff's sites -

    EGYPT
    BENN, Kenneth Joseph - LAC - 1284608 - RAFVR - Alexandria (Chatby) Military & War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt.
    GREAVY, Michael - Cpl - 1370328 - RAFVR - Alexandria (Chatby) Military & War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt.

    UK
    FREEMAN, Roy Alan - F/S - 1579397 - RAFVR - Runnymede Memorial, Surrey.
    STEWART-WALKER, Eric - Cpl - 1287926 - RAFVR - Brookwood Military Cemetery, Surrey.
    WHOLEY, Francis John - F/S - 1398452 - RAFVR - Runnymede Memorial, Surrey.

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    BELGIUM
    BROAD, Norman Owen - F/O - 2 TAF

    EGYPT
    BENN, Kenneth Joseph - LAC - RAF Gianaclis.
    GREAVY, Michael - Cpl - RAF Gianaclis.

    UK
    BUTLER, Francis Knightley - LAC - not Eng/Wales?.
    DUNKLEY, Joseph Hert - AC2 - registered in Nuneaton.
    KAY, James - F/O - registered in Bridgwater.
    KERSLAKE, John - LAC - registered in Bury St Edmunds.
    MOYLE, William Walter Stanley - Cpl - not Eng/Wales?.
    PALMER, Lewis Winston - LAC - registered in Bridgend.
    SCAIFE, Maxwell Byford - LAC - registered in Westminster.
    FREEMAN, Roy Alan - F/S - 81 SP.
    STEWART-WALKER, Eric - Cpl - registered in Poplar.
    WHOLEY, Francis John - F/S - killed whilst flying in Mitchell III, KJ735 of No 45 Grp, which ditched in the Atlantic on a ferry flight between Bluie West 1 and Reykjavik.

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    BUTLER, Francis Knightley - can't find anything on Scotland's People, nor ancestry.co.uk

    MOYLE, William Walter Stanley - died at 7.30pm at Cambusavie (?) Hospital, Dornoch of meningitis.

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    From Flight Casualty Communiques:
    BROAD, Norman Owen - F/O - DOWOIROAS
    BENN, Kenneth Joseph - LAC - DOAS.
    GREAVY, Michael - Cpl - DOAS
    BUTLER, Francis Knightley - LAC - DOAS
    DUNKLEY, Joseph Hert - AC2 DOAS
    KAY, James - F/O DOAS
    KERSLAKE, John - LAC - DOAS
    MOYLE, William Walter Stanley - Cpl - DOAS.
    PALMER, Lewis Winston - LAC (unable to find)
    SCAIFE, Maxwell Byford - LAC DOAS
    FREEMAN, Roy Alan - F/S Previously reported missing now presumed KIA
    STEWART-WALKER, Eric - Cpl - DOAS

    From burial records for DUNKLEY:
    Died at Bramerte (presume to be RAF Bramcote)
    Removed from Nuneaton parish.

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    KERSLAKE, John - LAC - 15099854 - the Bury Free Press of December 29th 1944 reported the inquest into his death. It records that he was killed on "a West Suufolk Aerodrome" when he fell off his bicycle while a lorry was overtaking him on a path off the main track and the wheel of the lorry ran over him. A verdict of death by misadventure was returned by the Coroner.

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    346920 LAC Francis Knightley BUTLER RAFVR.

    BUTLER, Leading Aircraftman Francis Knightley, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, (346920), Pershore, Worcs, Technical Training Command. 26 December 1944, Died, Montgomery, Montgomery (St Nicholas) Churhyard,

    See: Failed To Return, Part 2, A-B/Hobson/Naval & Military Press/2019/p.1166.

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    FREEMAN, Roy Alan - F/S - 1579397 - RAFVR - Runnymede Memorial, Surrey. 81 SP I found him listed as Missing on 10th May Flight magazine
    He was on Mitchell FW735 with Wholey and John Roch Smith RCAF

    Both Wholey and Freeman were later listed as PREVIOUSLY REPOETED MISSING, NOW PRESUMED KILLED IN ACTION

    Strange they would be KIA and not KOAS


    L W Palmer is DOAS also, 3rd May Flight magazine, CasComm 499
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    The Service Record of F J SMith includes a Form 412 for Mitchell KJ735

    KJ 735 took off from Bluie West One at 1134Z and gave an estimated time of arrival at Reykjavik of 1504Z. At 1153Z it was cleared from R/T to W/T and this was the last
    direct contact that Station WYXE (Bluie West One) had with KJ 735. Nothing further was heard of the aircraft until at 1301Z Station 6B0 (Reykjavik 6500 Kilocycles) gave it
    a QTE (True Bearing of aircraft from Station) of 257 degrees, third class, at 1300Z. At 1305Z KJ 753 (sic) revised the estimated time of arrival at Rejkjavik to 1510Z and at the
    same time Reykjavik accepted control of the aircraft. At 1354Z 6BO (Rejkjavik) gave KJ 735 another QTE (True Bearing of aircraft from Station) of 234 degrees, second class at 1354Z. At 1433Z 6B0 (Rejkiavik) gave the 1430Z weather for Rejkjavik terminal as; visibility 12 miles, ceiling 8000 feet, scattered clouds at 2000 feet. At 1439Z 6B0 (Rejkjavik— 6500 Kilocycles) cleared KJ 735 from their frequency ( the main RAF frequency) to M7V (Rejkjavik — 3105 Kilocycles) (the alternate RAF frequency.) At 1450Z the aircraft gave its position as 633 ON 2515W (method of fixing position unknown) and revised again the estimated time of arrival at Rejkjavik to 1508Z. At 1504Z KJ 735 was again heard on 6500 Kilocycles sending emergency message XXX and stating that the star board engine was inoperative. 6B0 (Rejkjavik) immediately instructed the radio operator to QTG (send his call-sign for 50 seconds followed by a 10 second dash) and gave him a QTE (true Bearing of aircraft from Station) of 224 degrees, class doubtful, at 1507Z. KJ 735 then sent out the distress message SOS. 5SJ. (PrestwickP then gave a QTE (True Bearing of aircraft from Station) of 315 degrees, second class. 80Q (Old Boston) reported the aircraft’s position as 6250N 2500W, class doubtful, at 1507Z.
    At 151130Z KJ735 ceased sending the aircraft call-sign and long dash. At 1512Z 6B0 (Reykjavk) gave a QDM (Course magnetic for the aircraft to steer in zero wind to reach the Station) of 073 degrees. This was not acknowledged by KJ 735.
    Upon departure from Bluie West One KJ 735 appears to have been completely serviceable.
    The pilot also had reported no mechanical difficulties since leaving Dorval, No hint of any trouble, either mechanical or due to weather conditions, was given prior to 1504Z, However pilots post flight weather reports show cloud tops to 20000 feet in the area of KJ 735’s last known position and Cumulus and Cumulonimbus cloud, with light rime icing and turbulence in the lower portions of those clouds. A dakota captain reported making three attempts to come through cloud he could not top, severe interference to the radio compass and range, and some interference to W/T, while in the cloud severe icing of all types resulted in the control surfaces of the aircraft freezing up, and turbulence dislodged the crew from their seats in the aircraft and caused the aircraft to turn through 180 degrees in spite of the pilot’s efforts to maintain a steady course.
    This aircraft, the last to arrive at Reykjavik, had an original, estimated time of arrival similar to that of KJ 735. The cause of the accident would seem therefore to be a
    combination of mechanical and weather conditions. After losing the starboard engine, KJ 735 was unable to maintain altitude and had then to pass through very severe weather
    on its descent that must have caused ice to form on the aircraft. These weather conditions were fore—cast neither by Bluie West One nor Reykjavik.
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