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    Default Losses at RAF Wittering 1939 & 1940

    Seeking information on the cause (reason) of loss for the following named individuals who were all based at RAF Wittering or RAF Collyweston as part of a larger on-going project

    1939

    09/11/39 AC1 P.G. Holmes 23 Sqn
    29/11/39 F/L P.D. Walker 23 Sqn P

    1940

    4/1/40 P/O R.G.A. Barritt 23 Sqn P
    4/1/40 Cpl R. Wilson 23 Sqn AG
    16/1/40 LAC J.T. Jackson 23 Sqn
    05/03/40 Sgt L. Broughton 213 Sqn P
    13/07/40 Gnr L. Moult 149 Bty RA
    12/08/40 AC2 E.W. May 23 Sqn
    15/10/40 AC1 E.J. Clatworthy 266 Sqn
    22/11/40 P/O H.E. Penketh 266 Sqn
    07/12/40 F/L J.M.M. Hughes DFC 25 Sqn P
    07/12/40 Sgt J.R. Friend 25 Sqn AG

    I have already checked against all the losses listed in Norman Franks Fighter Command Losses V1, so I have to assume that the aircrew on the list were as a result of non operational accidents

    Thanks in advance for any information

    Kind Regards

    Tony H

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    I should have something on Percy Don Walker I will have access to files on Monday unless anyone posts beforehand

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    For Barritt and Wilson (4-1-1940) see http://www.rafcommands.com/archive/16085.php

    Clatworthy is referenced here, but it doesn't answer the question of how he died, http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/sho...men-15-10-1940
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    Many thanks to all who have responded with info, that's four more off the list - so far!

    More Q's on further losses will follow in due course

    As always extremely grateful for the combined co-operation and knowledge on here, it is making the project easier to manage

    Kind Regards

    Tony

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    7/12/40 Friend & Hughes Blenheim L1235 - Dived in

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    With thanks to continued updates the amended list of Wittering personnel losses for the period 1939 & 1940 that I am seeking info on has been reduced down as listed below;

    1939

    09/11/39 AC1 P.G. Holmes 23 Sqn

    1940

    16/1/40 LAC J.T. Jackson 23 Sqn
    05/03/40 Sgt L. Broughton 213 Sqn P
    13/07/40 Gnr L. Moult 149 Bty RA
    12/08/40 AC2 E.W. May 23 Sqn
    22/11/40 P/O H.E. Penketh 266 Sqn


    Any info on the circumstances behind their loss will be gratefully appreciated. A larger list of names for those personnel lost at Wittering in 1941 will follow shortly

    Kind Regards

    Tony

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    I've e-mailed this already to you Tony, but thought it may be interest to everyone:

    HOLMES, Philip Geoffrey - the Lincolnshire Echo of November 13th reports that he was killed by the accidental discharge of a rifle "at a Lincolnshire R.A.F. station [Wittering, presumably], and died almost immediately."

    The report states that he was accidentally shot through the chest by Aircraftman Ronald Gilbert Brown, aged 18, of Newcastle, while taking over guard duty. The incident took place in a locker room, while Holmes was being handed the rifle by Brown, who was unaware the rifle was loaded. I'm not sure what the point of being on guard duty with an unloaded rifle would be - perhaps it means he didn't realise there was 'one up the spout'...?

    Also, Percy Don Walker had survived an earlier accident on July 25th 1939, in which two aircraft collided near Grantham. Walker escaped by parachute, but those killed were P/O William Leonard Wright and Acting Sgt Leslie George Tarrant. Malcolm posted in another thread that this may possibly have been Blenheim I, L1465 of No 23 Sqn which collided with Hart, K4977 of No 12 FTS at Longlands Field, Humly near Grantham.

    Simon

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    [QUOTE=Tony H;107918]

    For anyone interested an update to the loss of P/O Penketh is as follows;

    1940

    22/11/40 P/O H.E. Penketh 266 Sqn

    Supermarine Spitfire Mk I X4993 UO-? crashed 3 miles NE of Holme, Cambridgeshire due to possible Oxygen Failure / Anoxia. Pilot killed

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    Tony

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