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    Default William Charles RIGGS, died 29 Aug. 1942

    Can anyone tell me the unit and circumstances of the death of the following pilot, please?

    RIGGS, William Charles
    Flt. Sgt., 1194930, RAFVR
    Born Dorset, 8 Mar. 1922
    Joined RAFVR, 27 Sep. 1940
    41 Sqdn., 11 Nov. 1941
    64 Sqdn., 2 Dec. 1941
    Died (circumstances?), 29 Aug. 1942, aged 20
    Son of Robert & Elsie C. M. Riggs of Shaftesbury
    Buried central section, St. Thomas Chrurchyard Extension, Melbury Abbas, Dorset.

    It's not clear if he was still with 64 Squadron, and there's nothing on that date in FCL.

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    41 (F) Squadron RAF at War and Peace, April 1916-March 1946
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    Steve

    His death is registered at Mere, Wilts.

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    Hi Steve
    Mere in Wilts is only a few miles NNW of Shaftsbury and he is buried just SE of there. It could suggest an accident whilst at home on leave. The Google map doesn't suggest any obvious RAF airfields in the area but you can't rule out a literally flying visit home and coming to grief on the way.64 Sqn's bases seem too far away but he could by then have been instructing at an OTU given the gap between the 64 Sqn date on your post and his date of death. If he had previously been on 41 Sqn for any length of time he could ,in '42, be on "rest"
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    Zeals is about 5 km west of Mere. It opened as a forward operating airfield in the Colerne Sector of 10 Group Fighter Command on 21 May 1942. 286 Sqn was first in on 26 May, leaving on 31 Aug. 66 (Spitfires Vb/c) and 118 (Spitfires Vb) Sqns arrived on 24 Aug, and remained until 23 DEcember 1942.

    Source: 'Wings over Wiltshire' by Rod Priddle. No reference to Riggs though.

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    Hi Dave, Dick and Brian

    Thanks for your help and suggestions, and list of nearby units and airfields. Looks like I'll need to trawl a few ORBs to find the answer. Thanks for the pointers.

    Steve
    41 (F) Squadron RAF at War and Peace, April 1916-March 1946
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    I'd like to know anything to follow on this pilot, please? Was he ever in Canada? Did he go by "Bud"?
    thank you, Sandy.

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    Hi Sandy

    I'm afraid it's a negative on both questions. Billy Riggs trained in the UK and served in the UK and Middle East.

    He was never in Canada and did not go by the name Bud.

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    Hello again,
    I've been way off in my dates, Steve. It must have been '31 that "Bud" Riggs was killed. Have no idea where or under which squadron.
    No leads at all; I've been looking up active airfields at that time, but it's a long list!
    thank you,
    Sandy.


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    Hi Sandy

    I'm afraid it's a negative on both questions. Billy Riggs trained in the UK and served in the UK and Middle East.

    He was never in Canada and did not go by the name Bud.

    Regards
    Steve

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    Riggs was killed in the crash of No.8 AACU Hurricane, HV343.

    http://discovery.nationalarchives.go...ils/r/C6577523

    AiB concluded no structural airframe problems and notes he died low flying in the vicinity of the house where his girlfriend lived.

    There is the usual internet culled garbage printed on other sites on cause, take off aerodrome and location but here is the AiB report for accuracy.

    http://www.rafaircraftaccidents.com/P1830957.JPG

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    thank you , but as I noted earlier-this can't be my man. I'm looking for more obscure military situation and more experimental stage of flight training. 1931 is the year my Riggs died, according to the only reference I have, possibly in England, tho' my Grandmother met him here. Can't sort this; thought it was war-time, but can't be. He was killed before my Dad was born, 1932 Feb. please help.

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