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    Default 467 (RAAF) ORB April 1943 / Death of Phyllis Austin - Leeds District

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    Phyllis AUSTIN
    Rank: Aircraftwoman 2nd Class*
    Service No: 2135303*
    Date of Death: 08/04/1943*
    Age:19*
    Regiment/Service: Women's Auxiliary Air Force 467 (R.A.A.F.) Sqdn.*
    Grave Reference: Sec. 3. Grave 183A.*
    Cemetery: BRAMLEY BAPTIST CHAPELYARD*
    Additional Information: Daughter of Herbert and Kathleen Austin, of Bramley, Leeds.*


    Please can anyone assist with information about her death?

    Free BMD have Leeds District.

    Thank you.

    Regards Mark

    EDIT: Apparently there had been an outbreak of diphtheria on the Station and Phyllis died at Leeds Isolation Hospital.
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    Yorkshire Evening Post for 10th April 1943 carries a death notice which says she died in hospital on 8th April age 19, and gives the family home address as 29 Highfield Road Bramley.

    J.

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    Found it, thank you and placed an Edit on my post.

    Thanks

    Mark
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    Hello,

    No.467 (RAAF) Squadron ORB. F.540. Bottesford.

    9 April, 1943.

    All aircraft which attacked DUISBURG returned safely to base.
    In the afternoon all personnel were forbidden to leave camp in any circumstances owing to an outbreak of diphtheria, and it is with regret that we were informed that a WAAF cook, who was on the strength of the squadron, had died in LEEDS isolation hospital. She was 2132503 [sic] ACW2 PHYLLIS AUSTIN, but on account of the quarantine the squadron was unable to send a representative to the funeral.

    Col.
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    Quote Originally Posted by COL BRUGGY View Post
    Hello,

    No.467 (RAAF) Squadron ORB. F.540. Bottesford.

    9 April, 1943.

    All aircraft which attacked DUISBURG returned safely to base.
    In the afternoon all personnel were forbidden to leave camp in any circumstances owing to an outbreak of diphtheria, and it is with regret that we were informed that a WAAF cook, who was on the strength of the squadron, had died in LEEDS isolation hospital. She was 2132503 [sic] ACW2 PHYLLIS AUSTIN, but on account of the quarantine the squadron was unable to send a representative to the funeral.

    Col.
    Hello Col and Norfolk John

    Thank you. I managed to get the two ORB pages and newspaper obit.

    The persons who tend her grave, a local Yorkshire chap researching cemeteries and a lady from Yorkshire have been enquiring, as rumour had it, that she died in an incident, which then became an air raid.

    You have to be so careful about what you hear.

    Five other personnel were taken to Leicester Hospital with diphtheria.

    Yes, I noticed a digit in her Service Number was different, between the ORB and CWGC.

    Thanks again and take care, Mark
    Last edited by Mark Hood; 4th February 2017 at 06:15.

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