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    Default Mr. D.M. Gordon RAE, 31 July 1940

    Hello,

    I am looking for the first names of Mr. D.M. Gordon, a civilian radar specialist with the Royal Aircraft Establishment. He went missing on 31 July 1940 in Blenheim L1408 of 25 Squadron. It was in an aerial collision apparently with Blenheim L6722 of 29 Squadron over the Bristol Channel. All six on board both aircraft died.
    On the CWGC website only his initials are given. Likewise in AIR 81/2497 Casualty File covering these losses. Can anyone please help with this ?

    Regards,

    Martin Gleeson.

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    Thought I might find him in Wills Calenders but no luck

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    The 1939 Register (Findmypast at https://www.findmypast.co.uk/1939register) has a D M Gordon living at 2 Anderson Street, Chelsea in September 1939, occupation given as Government Work, which could be the same man. I'm 99% sure 2 Anderson Street was a boarding house as there were 9 unrelated people living there. Gordon, a married man, was born on 16 March 1916.

    I've not taken this any further but the birth date should help identify the man on Ancestry etc.

    Actually as his date of death is known as well it should be possible to get a good profile.

    Brian

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    Search of freebmd for D* M Gordon and got... Doris M (1st Qtr) or Dorothy M but in the 4th Quarter.....

    Searching for D* M Gordon in the 1939 register gives a few more options:

    Daniel M Gordon 1883 Farnham U.D. Surrey
    Donald M Gordon 1914 Marlborough M.B. Wiltshire
    Douglas M Gordon 1893 Ealing M.B. Middlesex

    Clearly the 1914 birth is more likely?

    Some less likely persons
    Douglas M C Gordon 1909 Ruislip-Northwood U.D. Middlesex
    David H M E Gordon 1917 Burnley C.B. Lancashire
    David A M Gordon 1919 Rye M.B. Sussex
    David H (M) Gordon 1900 Brierley Hill U.D. Staffordshire
    James M D Gordon 1870 Newport Pagnell U.D. Buckinghamshire
    Lennox Marjorie D Gordon 1896 Paignton U.D. Devon
    Ronald M D Gordon 1892 Birkenhead C.B. Cheshire
    Daniel M Gurtton 1872 Haverhill U.D. Suffolk

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    Unlikely to be the 1914 Gordon as he appears to have been employed at Marlborough College in September 1939 (DoB 11 Feb 1914).

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    Checked Scotlands poeple, the only D M born in 1916 was in November

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    Dennis and Brian,

    Thank you both very much for your input. I cannot find any reference to Gordon's age so we are in the dark there somewhat.

    Was there a Putnam book published years ago on the Royal Aircraft Establishment ? If so he might be mentioned somewhere in that.

    Regards,

    Martin.

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    From Col Bruggy’s Post #20 dtg 29 Aug 2009 1548 in “Air Crashes at Sea Civilian War Dead CWGC” this forum:-

    Failed to return from conducting AI trials over Bristol Channel, collided with L6722 (below).
    Sgt J Thompson +
    AC2 E Toy +
    Mr D Gordon +
    (Gordon was a radar engineer from Martlesham Heath where L1408 was based).

    Note different Init for Gordon, and the Martlesham connection?

    HTH
    Peter Davies
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    We might not know - but we might know who does!

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    Apologies if you have already identified this route following Peter's post, Martin, but the Martlesham Heath Aviation Society has a Consultant Archivist, Alan Smith (https://mh100.org.uk/2017/06/17/mh-r...ars-1917-1939/).

    Brian

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    Thanks Peter and Brian,

    I will try the Martlesham Heath Aviation Society as you suggest, it is a new source to me.

    Regards,

    Martin.

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