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    Default Unaccounted airman - 19-12-1940

    What caused the death of and/or what was the place of death registration for Sgt (Pilot) James BLATCHFORD - 745212, killed on active service.
    Proposed aircraft losses for this day:
    Hurricane I - N2409 - 55 OTU - crashed in forced landing Urchfont, Wiltshire.
    Proctor I - P6301 - 1 SS - crashed on take-off Cranwell, Lincolnshire.
    Wellington IC - R1137 - SFP - crashed in forced landing Earls Barton, Northamptonshire.
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    Cant find him either Henk. There is a James S E Blatchford registered in Plympton, aged 25 but this is almost certainly a different person; 'yours' is age 20 and no middle names.

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    Henk

    A James Blatchford (Aged 20) is registered in the Barnstable district at the beginning of 1941. If this is your man (as seems likely), then he was probably on Beaufort L9943 (3OTU) which crashed at on take-off at Chivenor

    Maybe someone can confirm

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    Hi Gents,

    Sgt J Blatchford, 745212 confirmed as pilot of L9943. The C of I found that he failed to set his altimeter to zero before take off.

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    Thanks friends for this useful help.
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    Henk.

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    There was also a LAC R W Greenwood aboard this plane, seriously injured, though survived. Any info on him? 907094 service number

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    Graham

    Air 78/66 has him as GREENWOOD, Roy Watling, 907094.

    Wonder if it's this chap:

    http://www.racingsportscars.com/driv...enwood-GB.html

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    What is the 78/66 form?

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    Graham

    It's part of the Air 78 range of files, available to download for free from the National Archives website:

    http://discovery.nationalarchives.go...etails/r/C2132

    More details about what's in them can be seen here:

    http://www.rafcommands.com/reference...ervice-number/

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    I am in touch with a niece of Blatchford and trying to find a relative of Greenwood and will follow up this possible Greenwood connection. My dad is a keen motor racing fan and he reckons post war motor racers were ex ww2 airforce and army
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