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    Default 400525 - 'Unaccounted' airmen 25-5-1940

    AIR 81/1128 1940 Jan 01 1941 Dec 31
    Aircraftman 2nd Class E J Bray:
    report of death in action in France, 25 May 1940

    Martyn




    Author: Henk Welting (Guest)
    Time Stamp:
    14:52:00 19 October 2007
    Post:
    What caused the death of:


    AC2 Ernest J. BRAY - 9400071 - whose name I can't find in The Times and Flight Global archives, commemorated on Panel 26 of the Runnymede Memorial, and


    Sgt (Pilot) Frank E. BUCKLAND - 741093 - 54 Sqn (Spitfires - Hornchurch, Kent) - missing (Flight Global), commemorated on Panel 12 of the Runnymede Memorial.


    Regards and thanks for your help.

    Henk.


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    RE: 'Unaccounted' airmen 25-5-1940
    Author: JohnE
    Time Stamp:
    16:18:44 19 October 2007
    Post:
    I have Frank Buckland in Spitfire N3096: "Missing from escorting Swordfish to Gravelines."


    /john


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    RE: 'Unaccounted' airmen 25-5-1940
    Author: mcmillan_p
    Time Stamp:
    16:24:32 19 October 2007
    Post:
    54 Sqn lost 3 Spitfires this day:


    N3096

    N3103

    N3188


    The pilots of 2 were P/O JL ALLEN (rescued) and F/Lt DG GRIBBLE (safe, returned UK by ship) - Upto now I did not have a name for the third. It looks like it is Frank Buckland


    The only issue, now is who was in what Spitfire


    I previously had GRIBBLE (not Buckland) in N3096

    ? in N3103 - So could this be Buckland or GRIBBLE ???

    ALLEN in N3188


    Paul




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    RE: 'Unaccounted' airmen 25-5-1940
    Author: Henk Welting (Guest)
    Time Stamp:
    17:15:20 19 October 2007
    Post:
    Thanks John & Paul. Perhaps another 54 Sqn 'specialist' has the answer.


    Regards,

    Henk.


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    RE: 'Unaccounted' airmen 25-5-1940
    Author: DaveW
    Time Stamp:
    18:21:08 19 October 2007
    Post:
    Victor Bingham's 'Blitzed has


    N3096 Buckland

    N3188 Allen

    N3103 Gribble


    Regards


    DaveW


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    RE: 'Unaccounted' airmen 25-5-1940
    Author: Finn Buch (Guest)
    Time Stamp:
    18:27:40 19 October 2007
    Post:
    Hello Henk,


    AC2 Ernest J. Bray, 9400071 - (20 ASP)


    Air Stores Park?


    Regards


    Finn Buch


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    RE: 'Unaccounted' airmen 25-5-1940
    Author: Henk Welting. (Guest)
    Time Stamp:
    09:20:14 20 October 2007
    Post:
    Thanks Dave & Finn.

    Regards and good weekend,

    Henk.


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    RE: 'Unaccounted' airmen 25-5-1940
    Author: errol.martyn@xtra.co.nz (Guest)
    Time Stamp:
    09:56:28 20 October 2007
    Post:
    Henk/Finn,


    From Air-Britain's RAF Training & Support units since 1912:


    No.20 Air Stores Park

    Formed 1.3.40 at HENLOW to at least 1.4.40; To Norway for 'X' Force; 1.6.40 sailed form Harstad in SS Royal Scotsman...


    So Bray possibly died at sea?


    Errol


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    RE: 'Unaccounted' airmen 25-5-1940
    Author: Henk Welting (Guest)
    Time Stamp:
    12:31:08 20 October 2007
    Post:
    Errol,

    The book you refer to was delivered yesterday but had not yet been unpacked. Bray indeed may have died on board a ship and committed to the deep.

    Thanks and regards,

    Henk.
    Last edited by Martyn A Critchlow; 4th February 2015 at 21:13.

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