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    450516 - Unaccounted Airmen - 16-05-1945

    From Henk's List -
    ITALY
    BAKER, William Henry - LAC - 1089396 - RAFVR - Salerno War Cemetery, Italy.
    SPOONER, Frank Russell - LAC - 1252212 - RAFVR - Salerno War cemetery, Italy.

    UK
    MOTHERSOLE, Dennis Leslie - P/O - 166872 - RAFVR - Hasland Cemetery, Derbyshire.
    THOMASON, Kenneth Harcourt - LAC - 625666 - RAF - Cardiff Western Cemetery, Glamorganshire.
    TURNER, Ronald - LAC - 1409692 - RAFVR - Langton-By-Partney (SS. Peter & Paul) Churchyard, Lincolnshire.
    VEITCH, Christopher Hardie - F/O(Flt/Engr) - 155829 - RAFVR - Oxford (Botley) Cemetery, Oxfordshire.

    From CWGC & Geoff's sites -

    INDIA
    BLANKS, Leonard Frederick - F/O (Pilot) - 181264 - RAFVR - Ranchi War Cemetery, India. [ Beaufighter X - NV598 - GATU ].
    STORER, Frederick Norman - F/S(Nav-WoP) - 1579964 - RAFVR - Ranchi War Cemetery, India. [ Beaufighter X - NV598 - GATU ].

    UK
    BLAIR, James - Sgt(Nav) - 1568087 - RAFVR - Llanbeblig Public Cemetery, Caernarfon, Caernarvonshire.[ Anson I - N9911 - 9(O)AFU ].
    PEARCE, Ronald William - Cpl - 575901 - RAF - Redgrave (St. Mary) Churchyard, Suffolk. [ Sunderland V - PP116 - 461 Sqdn ].
    SORRELL, Harold - F/S (Pilot) - 1395539 - RAF - Frittenden (St. Mary) Church burial Ground, Kent. [ Anson I - N9911 - 9(O)AFU ].

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    Hi

    ITALY
    BAKER, William Henry - LAC - 15 AMES.
    SPOONER, Frank Russell - LAC - 15 AMES.

    INDIA
    BLANKS, Leonard Frederick - F/O (Pilot) - Beaufighter X - NV598 - GATU ].
    STORER, Frederick Norman - F/S(Nav-WoP) - Beaufighter X - NV598 - GATU ].

    UK
    MOTHERSOLE, Dennis Leslie - P/O - registered in Wallingford.
    THOMASON, Kenneth Harcourt - LAC - registered in Grimsby.
    TURNER, Ronald - LAC - registered in Ely (RAF Hospital?).
    VEITCH, Christopher Hardie - F/O(Flt/Engr) - registered in Abingdon.
    BLAIR, James - Sgt(Nav) - Anson I - N9911 - 9(O)AFU ].
    PEARCE, Ronald William - Cpl - Sunderland V - PP116 - 461 Sqdn ].
    SORRELL, Harold - F/S (Pilot) - Anson I - N9911 - 9(O)AFU ].

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    Ronald William Pearce - Sunderland V PP116 From 461 Squadron Milford Haven. During take off aircraft started to swing and in the swell started to Porpoise and nosed into the sea. Only casualty. Courtesy 'Price of Peace' Colin Cummings. His brother, 24 year old Sgt. Maurice George Arthur Pearce also killed - France 03rd May 1940. Blenheim 53 Squadron.

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    pietrzak309,

    Cpl Pearce was not the only casualty aboard 461 RAAF Sqn Sunderland V PP116:UT-K, he was the only fatality, as the following from the 461 RAAF Sqn ORB (p.920 of 946) shows:

    In view of the above it is all the more regrettable that the Squadron's record should have been broken on the 16th May, when PP116 (K), when taking off on a test flight under F/O F. N. SORRELL (Aus.424611), swung violently, nosed in, and partially sank. F/O SORRELL being thrown through the window into the sea. A member of the ground staff of 8461 Servicing Echelon - CPL. PEARCE - was unfortunately killed, and F/O SORRELL and F/SGT. WILKINSON, A. (Aus.430528) were seriously injured; F/O CLACHER, L. W. (Aus.425602) also being hurt. The accident has been investigated by a Court of Inquiry, the report not yet being available.

    Col.
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    MOTHERSOLE, Dennis Leslie - P/O - 166872
    VEITCH, Christopher Hardie - F/O(Flt/Engr) - 155829

    Both DOAS in Casualty Communique 557 Flight 3 Jan 1946

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    MOTHERSOLE, Dennis Leslie - P/O - 166872 - killed in a cycle accident

    British Newspaper Archive - Friday 25 May 1945 , Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald

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