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    This is a rather sensitive topic, but would anyone know if someone serving in the RAF during WW2 committed suicide would that be recorded as a War death and appear as such on memorials etc. or would the fact that it was a suicide mean that no mention would be made of the individual.
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    I would think that it would come under D.O.A.S, as i know of a WAAF who comes under that category, and she is on CWGC. Can you PM me with a name if ok, and i'll check.
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    I've come across a few of these whilst researching airmen and airwomen from NE England. They're all listed on the CWGC website, and their names also appear on local war memorials.

    As mentioned by Alan, they're listed as "Died on Active Service" in the Casualty Communiques in Flight Magazine.

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    I read an article awhile back, on bbc.co.uk - WW2 People's War - Royal Air Force, titled 'An Airman's Son'. It is a recount of the author's discovery of the circumstances leading to the death of his father, Squadron Leader Maurice Roy Skeet (39800). S/L Skeet committed suicide on 26 June 1942. He can be found on CWGC.

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    Thanks Simon for your reply.
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    Thanks for your reply, most helpful.
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    I can confirm that an officer, under whom my father served, committed suicide. Furthermore, I know of two officers who committed suicide and both are recorded on the RAF Roll of Honour in St Clement Danes but are not recorded on the AFM at Alrewas, as the circumstances do not warrant it. A third officer is said to have committed suicide in a married quarter, which my wife subsequently occupied, but I do not know his name nor can I confirm the story as fact.

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    Thanks Colin. Would you know if there's any way I could check whether the person I know, is recorded on the AFM at Alrewas, without actually visiting the site?
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    Yes, when you enquire about a person, you are really asking if he/she is a deceased service person. When their record is displayed, it shows lots of information but there are two questions: a. are they on the Roll of Honour?, b. are they recorded of the walls of the AFM? Your person should have 'Yes' for question a and 'No' for question b.

    Nobody tracks your query because there will be - say - twenty people called BUGGINS who were in the Army. You then select which BUGGINS you want but it won't tell you the precise cause of death and so no embarrassment is caused.

    Hope this explains it.

    Colin Cummings

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    Thanks Colin.

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