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    450317 - Unaccounted Airwomen & Airmen - 17-03-1945

    From Henk's List -

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    UK
    CRAWFORD, Edna Mary - LACW - 2092027 - WAAF - Seghill (Holy Trinity) Churchyard, Northumberland.
    SELLWOOD, Joan Margaret - LACW - 475003 - WAAF - Cardiff (Cathays ) Cemetery, Glamorganshire.

    FRANCE
    WHITE, Jack - F/O (Nav) - 184793 - D.F.C - RAFVR - Cambrai (Route De Solesmes) Communal Cemetery, Nord, France.

    UK
    BANNER, Robert - AC1c - 1244037 - RAFVR - Plumstead Cemetery, London
    ELLIS, Henry Kenneth - Cpl - 1308528 - RAFVR - Shrewsbury General Cemetery, Shropshire.
    JONES, Leonard Cecil Arthur - Cpl - 1188258 - RAFVR - Killay (St. Hilary's) Churchyard, Glamorganshire.
    MARTIN, George Edward - Sgt - 840001 - D.C.M - M.M - Order of St. George (Russia) - RAF(Auxiliary Air Force) - Maidenhead Cemetery, Berkshire.
    SALTER, Harold James - F/S - 213237 - RAF - Waterlooville Cemetery, Hampshire.
    SLIGHT, Cecil Howard - W/O - 9727 - RAF - Cardiff (Cathays) cemetery, Glamorganshire.

    From CWGC & Geoff's sites -

    EGYPT
    FOSTER-STEVENS, David Douglas - Sgt - 1815729 - RAFVR - Alamein Memorial, Egypt.
    GILDON, Stanley Leonard - F/O - 149062 - RAFVR - Alamein Memorial, Egypt.
    LLOYD, Edmund Robert Evan - Sgt - 2209281 - RAFVR - Alamein Memorial, Egypt.
    SIMMONS, Donald Geoffrey - Wng/Cdr - 36077 - RAFVr - Alamein Memorial, Egypt.

    INDIA
    PEARCE, John Stephen - F/S (Nav) - 1587341 - RAFVR - Kirkee War Cemetery, India.

    UK
    KUBIN, Valentin (Czechoslovakian) - Sgt - 787855 - RAFVR - Barry (Merthyr Dyfan) Burial Ground, Glamorganshire.

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    Hi

    FRANCE
    WHITE, Jack - F/O (Nav) - 136 Wing.

    EGYPT
    FOSTER-STEVENS, David Douglas - Sgt - possibly killed whilst flying in Baltimore V, FW589 of No 75 OTU, which failed to return from a gunnery practice over the Gulf of Suez.
    GILDON, Stanley Leonard - F/O - see Foster-Stevens.
    LLOYD, Edmund Robert Evan - Sgt - see Foster-Stevens.
    SIMMONS, Donald Geoffrey - Wng/Cdr - see Foster-Stevens.

    INDIA
    PEARCE, John Stephen - F/S (Nav) - Poona.

    UK
    CRAWFORD, Edna Mary - LACW - registered in Reading.
    SELLWOOD, Joan Margaret - LACW - registered in Ruthin.
    BANNER, Robert - AC1 - registered in Woolwich
    ELLIS, Henry Kenneth - Cpl - registered in Shrewsbury.
    JONES, Leonard Cecil Arthur - Cpl - registered in Bridgend.
    MARTIN, George Edward - Sgt - registered in Maidenhead in 2nd Quarter
    SALTER, Harold James - F/S - registered in Gosport.
    SLIGHT, Cecil Howard - W/O -registered in Sleaford in 2nd Quarter.
    KUBIN, Valentin (Czechoslovakian) - Sgt - registered in East Glamorgan

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    What were the cicumstances of the death of Sgt George Martin buried at Maidenhead - he was 49 when he died but having a DCM and a MM plus Order of St George Russia meant that he must have a story to tell.

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    Hi Alex, regarding the Czech casualty:

    KUBÍN
    Valentýn
    787 855
    Sgt
    Wireless Operator/Air Gunner (WOP/AG)
    311 Sq
    06/11/1920 Lešná (Vsetín)
    17/03/1945
    buried 22/03/1945 Bary Cemetery, grave R/1124
    According to my sources he died in Sully Hospital, Penart, Cardiff

    But as he was released from the RAF already in 1942 for medical reasons he died as member of Czechoslovak Army.

    HTH

    Pavel
    Czechoslovak Airmen in the RAF 1940-1945
    http://cz-raf.webnode.cz

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    This for starters!:-

    SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 22 SEPTEMBER, 1916. 9297
    His Majesty the KING has been graciously rpleased to approve of the award of the Distinguished Conduct Medal to the undermentioned Warrant Officers, Non-Commissioned Officers -and Men for acts of gallantry and devotion to duty in the field
    "9242 Sjt. G. E. Martin, Wilts. E.
    For conspicuous gallantry in action. He led his platoon with great dash in the attack, -organised and led a bombing party which routed the enemy from 200 yards of his trench, and set a fine example throughout the operations.

    War Office,
    llth November, 1916.
    His Majesty the KING has been graciously pleased to award the Military Medal for bravery in the field to the undermentioned Non-Commissioned Officers and Men:—
    9242 Coy. S./M. G. E. Martin, Wilts. R.

    SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 15 FEBRUARY, 1917. 1601
    Decorations and medals conferred by Field-Marshal HIS IMPERIAL MAJESTY THE EMPEROR OF RUSSIA. (September 12, 1916.)
    Cross of St. George, 4th Class.
    9242 Serjeant (Acting Company Serjeant-Major) George Edward Martin, Wiltshire Regiment.

    I suspect that you did NOT muck about with this Sgt??

    HTH
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    Peter - Many thanks for your reply
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    Hello,

    WHITE was a member of No. 138 Wing, which was based at A.75 Cambrai-Epinoy, hence logically buried in the Cambrai Route de Solesmes cemetery. Not No. 136 Wing which must be a typo. The Wing sick quarters, Wing 138, states : P/O (sic) WHITE (navigator) was injured in a car accident on the main Cambrai-Douai road at 03:00 hours on 16th March. He was transfered to No. 55 M.F.H. where he died at 23:45 hours 16th March. This makes the seventh fatal road accident since the wing arrived at Epinoy."

    WHITE was actually a Flying Officer, and according to the LG entry (10th April 1945) for his D.F.C. award, his unit at the time of recommendation was No. 613 Squadron. Squadron which was part of No. 138 Wing.

    Joss

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    Hi Joss

    The quality of the typing on the GRO lists is not great so I probably misread 138 as 136 on the original.

    Does the ORB mention the other six road accident fatalities?

    Malcolm

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    Hello Malcolm,

    I fully understand and agree about the difficulties about reading some original pieces of archives...

    They've been listed in the "unaccounted list" when the date was matching. There's not a list within the sick quarter ORB, but here's a partial list drawn from the casualties buried in the Cambrai route de Solesmes cemetery
    F/L Jack OVERTON DFC, Croix de Guerre, 30 November 1944
    AC1 Robert JONES, 1st January 1945
    Cpl George Richard COUCHMAN, 19 January 1945
    F/O Jack WHITE, 17 March 1945
    There's also a Polish ground crew who was later transferred to Grainville-Langannerie cemetery in Normandy : LAC A. STANKIEWICZ. date of death on his grave is 22 November 1944. The sick quarter ORB only states "A Polish airman was killed in a road accident." No name and no date. He must have been the first of the series, the Wing having arrived just a few days before that.
    There's a mention of 2 accidents in December 1944, on the road outside camp, involving French people, 1 killed in each accident, but no name and no date.

    Joss
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    Many thanks Joss

    That's cleared up two more of my outstanding casualties.

    Malcolm

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