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    Default Sergeant Stephen Life RAFVR KIA 11.07.1944

    Dear all,

    This flight engineer is recorded on the CWGC website, his date of death is recorded as July 11th 1944 with No.115 Squadron. However I cannot find a cause of death.

    Can anyone please advice.

    TIA

    Steve
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    Steve, he was carrying out Wet Dinghy drill at Denver Sluice, Denver, Norfolk, when his dinghy capsized. He and other occupants thrown into water, he was seen swimming to the bank, but disappeared. His body was recovered on 15th July. See 115sqdn 540 for 15th July.
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    There were two other young men Registered on the same page:-
    Davidson Daniel 24 Downham 4b 271
    Jones Derek E W 21 Downham 4b 271
    Are they connected with this drowning?
    HTH
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlanW View Post
    Steve, he was carrying out Wet Dinghy drill at Denver Sluice, Denver, Norfolk, when his dinghy capsized. He and other occupants thrown into water, he was seen swimming to the bank, but disappeared. His body was recovered on 15th July. See 115sqdn 540 for 15th July.
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    Alan,

    Thanks mate.

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    Peter,
    Davidson and Jones not connected with this incident. They were killed in a training accident with 149sqdn, Stirling LK388, overturned whilst crash landing at Methwold on date given. Although nothing recorded in 149sqdn ORB.

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    Thanks Alan!
    So, presumably (and to nit-pick), Life was not, technically, KIA?
    Additionally, Denver Sluice is a very major nodal point in the management of vast amounts of water in/from/around that part of the Fens. Although looking very placid on the surface the currents (depending on which bits of the sluice are 'open') can be very strong underneath!
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