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    460201 - Unaccounted Airmen - 01-02-1946

    From Henk's List -

    UK
    LOMAS, Alfred Edgar - F/Lt(Pilot) - 144467 - A.F.C - RAFVR - Manchester Crematorium, Lancashire - [Mosquito III - LR532 - ECFS].
    SMART, John - LAC - 1105034 - RAFVR - Acomb ( St. Stephen ) Churchyard, Yorkshire.
    WILLIAMS, David John F/Lt - 162942 - RAFVR - Holders Green Crematorium, Middlesex.

    From CWGC & Geoff's Sites -

    MALAYSIA
    WHITE, James Armitage - LAC - 1561913 - RAFVR - Kuala Lumpur (Cheras Road ) Civil Cemetery, Malaysia.

    SOUTH AFRICA
    GARROD, Walter Edward - F/O(Pilot) - 181569 - RAFVR - Nigel New Cemetery, Gauteng, South Africa.
    TAYLOR, Joseph William - AC2c (U/T Pilot) - 1894204 - RAFVR - Nigel New Cemetery, Gauteng, South Africa.

    The above two airmen were crew in Harvard IIa 7080 ( 88-9751 - ex EX298 - 41-33271) - 24 AS.

    UK

    ADAMS, James - F/Sgt (WoP/Air) - 1824865 - RAFVR - Strichen Parish Churchyard, Aberdeenshire .
    BLUMER, Michael Francis - F/O(Pilot) - 191600 - RAFVR - Binbrook (St. Mary) Churchyard, Lincolnshire.
    CHESSUM, Kenneth Stanley - F/Sgt - 1424441 - RAFVR - Binbrook (St. Mary) Churchyard, Lincolnshire.
    FORBES, James Burden - F/Sgt(A/G) - 1445082 - RAFVR - Perth (Wellshill) Cemetery, Perthshire.
    LOW, Sidney Caesar - F/Sgt(Nav) - 1678598 - RAFVR - Ecclesall (All Saints) Churchyard, Yorkshire.
    STONE, Kenneth William - W/O(Flt/Engr) - 1604005 - RAFVR - Hellesdon ( St. Mary) Churchyard, Norfolk.
    The above six airmen were crew of Lancaster III - NE140 - 12 Sqdn.
    BALL, George Eric - Sqdn/Ldr(Pilot) - 39842 - RAF - 222 Sqdn - Exeter Higher Cemetery, Devonshire - [Meteor F.3 - EE448 - 222 Sqdn ].

    Alex

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    MALAYSIA
    WHITE, James Armitage - LAC - listed as 296 Sqn?
    UK

    SMART, John - LAC - registered in Ely.
    WILLIAMS, David John F/Lt - not Eng/Wales?.

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    WILLIAMS, David John F/Lt - 162942 - nothing on Scotland's People. The National Probate Calendar doesn't indicate where he died either. There is a family tree on ancestry.co.uk which records his d.o.b as May 13th 1918 at Devonport, Devon.

    So, on FreeBMD there is a David J. Williams, death registered Edmonton, Middlesex, March 1946, aged 27. A possibility.

    SOUTH AFRICA
    GARROD, Walter Edward - F/O (Pilot) - 181569 - the National Probate Calendar records that he died at Elandsfontein, Transvaal, South Africa.
    TAYLOR, Joseph William - AC2c (U/T Pilot) - 1894204 - the National Probate Calendar records that he died at Heidelburg, Transvaal, South Africa.

    UK

    ADAMS, James - F/Sgt (WoP/Air) - 1824865
    BLUMER, Michael Francis - F/O(Pilot) - 191600
    CHESSUM, Kenneth Stanley - F/Sgt - 1424441
    FORBES, James Burden - F/Sgt(A/G) - 1445082
    LOW, Sidney Caesar - F/Sgt(Nav) - 1678598
    STONE, Kenneth William - W/O(Flt/Engr) - 1604005

    The Lancashire Evening Post of February 2nd 1946 reported the following:

    SIX KILLED IN PLANE CRASH
    It is now known that six R.A.F. men were killed when a Lancaster crashed in flames and exploded within half a mile of Beeby (Leics.) yesterday, and Air Ministry official said to-day.
    The Air Ministry this afternoon announced the names of those killed as: Flying Officer M. F. Blomer [sic] (pilot), Warrant Officer K. W. Stone (flight engineer), and Flight-Sergeant S. Low (navigator).
    Those missing and presumed killed are Flight-Sergeant K. S. Chessum (air bomber), Flight-Sergeant J. Adams (wireless operator), and Flight-Sergeant J. B. Forbes (gunner).


    Another article underneath reports:

    Two Airmen Killed
    Two members of the R.A.F. were killed instantly to-day when their struck a tree (says a Pretoria message). They were practising low flying in an authorised low-flying area. - Reuter.


    Perhaps Garrod and Taylor?

    BALL, George Eric - Sqdn/Ldr(Pilot) - 39842 - the Western Morning News of February 5th 1946 reported the following on the inquest into his death:

    Jet Plane's Pilot Killed
    EXETER MYSTERY UNSOLVED

    No evidence was forthcoming at Exeter Airport inquest yesterday on Sqn. Ldr. George Eric Ball, D.F.C., to explain why the Meteor jet aircraft he was piloting last Friday went into a spin and crashed.
    A Battle of Britain pilot, he was aged 27.
    [Witnesses] told the coroner they saw the plane spinning and each spoke of white vapour coming from the starboard side of the machine. "The plane continued spinning," said [witness] Mr. Gibbins "and next it dived into the earth, and up came a black cloud as from burning oil. I got to the scene in a few minutes in my pony trap and saw the machine burning in the nose. As the flames spread to the rear the fire in front died down. I saw the pilot was dead."
    Arthur F. Buck, senior Inspector of Accidents, Air Ministry, said the pilot was experienced in that type of aircraft, It was possible there was a vapour trail from the wingtip during the spinning.
    From a superficial examination of the wreckage there was nothing to give a clue as to the cause of the spin. It was possible that the pilot had been in trouble higher up, dived out of a spin, and then started to spin again, but as yet there was no very clear evidence on that point.


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    If Garrod and Taylor were in 7080 then then they were killed low flying at Elandsfontein.

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    Hello,
    Thanks for update re Garrod and Jones. 7080.
    Don't know how I missed them.
    85 Years of SAAF has them both in Harvard IIa 7080 [ 88-9751 - 41-33271 - ex - EX298 - Crashed near Elandsfontein, 02.02.46 Cat 3. Hit tree - Low flying ].
    Alex

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