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    Default 450609 - Unaccounted Airmen - 09-06-1945

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    450609 - Unaccounted Airmen - 09-06-1945

    From Henk's List -

    ITALY
    THRELFALL, Alan - LAC - 544309 - RAF - Naples War Cemetery, Italy.

    UK
    ALLEN, Donald W - F/L - 88245 - RAFVR - Cheltenham Crematorium, Gloucestershire.
    DINNAGE, Charles Eric - Sgt (Nav/WoP) - 1806436 - RAFVR - Horsham (Hills ) Cemetery, Sussex.
    GREENWOOD, William Luke - LAC - 1867849 - RAFVR - Swindon (Christ Church ) Burial Ground, Wiltshire.
    JONES, Glyn - AC1c - 1130773 - RAFVR - Llanasa (Picton ) Cemetery, Flintshire.
    NORTH, Atrthur William - F/O - 109442 - RAFVR - Sherfield English ( St. Leonard ) Churchyard, Hampshire.

    From CWGC & Geoff's sites -

    ZIMBABWE
    CURTIS, Robert Geoffrey - LAC - 907672 - RAFVR - Harare (Pioneer ) Cemetery, Zimbabwe.
    HAWES, Eric Albert - F/S (Pilot) - 1602382 - RAFVR - Harare (Pioneer ) Cemetery, Zimbabwe.

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    Hi

    ITALY
    THRELFALL, Alan - LAC - 110 MU.

    UK
    ALLEN, Donald W - F/L - registered in Gloucester in the 3rd Quarter.
    DINNAGE, Charles Eric - Sgt (Nav/WoP) - registered in Skipton.
    GREENWOOD, William Luke - LAC - registered in Swindon.
    JONES, Glyn - AC1 - not Eng/Wales?.
    NORTH, Atrthur William - F/O - registered in Romsey.

    ZIMBABWE
    CURTIS, Robert Geoffrey - LAC - probably killed whilst flying in Harvard II, AJ719 of No 20 SFTS, which crashed near the Mazoe Dam.
    HAWES, Eric Albert - F/S (Pilot) - see Curtis.

    Malcolm

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    JONES, Glyn - AC1 - not on Scotland's People, and nothing on ancestry.co.uk.

    Regards

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    Default Re: The Unaccounted Project - Final Stretch Updates by Jon Heyworth

    Glyn Jones 1130773 , a medically discharged airman at the time of his death, died of a coronary thrombosis . He had been discharged on 30 July 1943 after suffering a previous thrombosis and being admitted to the Cornwall Royal Infirmary

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    Default Re: The Unaccounted Project - Final Stretch Updates by Jon Heyworth

    Arthur William North 109442, attached to RAF Blackbushe, died at home at Doctors Hill, Sheffield English, Romsey, of heart faliure

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    Default F/O Donald Mervyn EASTMAN (J/42135) RCAF Killed 1945-06-09 Aircraft serial correction

    Flying Officer Donald Mervyn EASTMAN (J/42135) RCAF Killed 1945-06-09 Serial Correction

    Circumstances of Death: Lost in aircraft Spitfire RM840 (wrong) should be NH840,

    Crashed while doing aerobatics, possibly due to structural failure

    Death of Death 1945-06-09

    Served in 83 GSU

    Burial/Commemoration Details : Panel 2. at Woking (St. John's) Crematoriu, United Kingdom (Map)

    More Details: SON OF MR. AND MRS. J. M. EASTMAN, OF OTTAWA, ONTARIO, CANADA.

    I have been sent an email privatley that points out

    The Spitfire quoted on RAFCommands for Flt Lt Eastman RCAF (RM840) seems suspect. A local historian instead quotes NH840, from Dunsfold, as hitting a wire trailed from a Hoverfly at Beaullieu and crashing "behind the Waggon & Horses pub in Walhampton on the eastern edge of Lymington." It also notes that NH840 went to 83 GSU on 6May45.


    This therefore contrasts with "crashed whilst doing aerobatics, possibly due to structural failure" which is quoted on the AllSpifirePilots website, which has the accepted history of RM840 as 39MU 5-10-44 222MU 17-2-45 Defender 8-3-45 India 6-4-45 ACSEA 9-7-46 SOC 28-11-46" which obviously conflicts with it crashing in England in Jun45. RM840 is widely quoted on RCAF sites. Might you be able to take this correction up?


    Also

    https://discovery.nationalarchives.g...ils/r/C6578065
    Type: Spitfire 14 (NH-840). Location: Lymington, Hampshire. Report No: W2218.

    https://www.key.aero/forum/historic-...-of-spit-nh840

    Additionally his Casualty File confirms he died in aircaft crash at Lymington Hants on this date

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    Default Re: F/O Donald Mervyn EASTMAN (J/42135) RCAF Killed 1945-06-09 Aircraft serial correc

    His R.C.A.F. Service File has the Court of Enquiry on the accident, in which it records that he flew Spitfire XIV NH840 under R4B KK978 which was flying at 5,000 feet and trailing an aluminium dummy sea marker on a length of hemp rope some 200 feet long. The line carrying the sea marker was seen to break as he flew under the helicopter. The Spitfire was next seen in a power dive flying north to south over Lymington, and an object was seen to detach itself from the aircraft at around 300 feet before it struck the ground, fatally injuring the pilot.

    The opinion of the court was that the accident was caused by the aircraft striking the aluminium sea marker.

    The exact location of the crash is given as Walhampton Cottage, Pierside Road, Lymington, Hants.

    The inquiry noted that an Air Ministry signal stating that no aircraft should fly within 500 yards of the helicopter had not been distributed to 83 G.S.U. due to an apparent administrative error by an L.A.C.W., and no blame was attached on the part of the pilot.

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    Simon
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    Default Re: The Unaccounted Project - Final Stretch Updates by Jon Heyworth

    Elabi Sametch 5037 , attached to Number 5 Company, accidently shot himself with his Sten gun at Number 2 Guard post at Q site at Shaibah, dying at 22:00 hours in Number 26 Indian general hospital

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    Default Re: The Unaccounted Project - Final Stretch Updates by Jon Heyworth

    Govind Koti Bhaskar Ind/41510 , was killed at RAF Allahabad when he was struck by a US Aircraft as it landed

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    Default Re: The Unaccounted Project - Final Stretch Updates by Jon Heyworth

    Alan Threllfall 544309 , attached to 110 MU , was seriously injured in a road accident and admitted to Number 65 British General hospital at 13:00 Hours, where he died of his injuries at 14:40 Hours

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