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    Default Unaccounted airmen - 24-12-1940

    What caused the death of and/or what were the places of death registration for:

    P/O (Pilot) Michael F.C. BUCKBARROW - 42557 - killed on active service;
    P/O (Obs) Leslie G. BURTON - 78081 - killed on active service;
    Sapper Arthur M. COOPER - 1940767 - Royal Engineers attd 25 Sqn (Wittering, Northamptonshire) - not found Flight archives;
    LAC Derek J. LING - 937983 - 600 Sqn (Catterick, Yorkshire) - not found Flight archives;
    Sgt (WOp/Ag) Frank N. MEDDINGS - 641350 - killed on active service, and
    AC2 Harry P. MILNER - 1359467 - not found Flight archives.

    Proposed aircraft losses for this day:

    Lysander II - R2002 - 231 Sqn - crashed on landing Newtownards.
    Maryland I - AR737 - OADF - crashed on take-off Leigh Park, Havant, Hampshire.

    Regards and thanks for your help.
    Henk.

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    Hi Henk
    Buckbarrow(spelt as Buckbarron in the death register),23, and Burton,26, are registered at Petersfield in Hampshire. It might put them on the Maryland at Havant as it is only about 18 Kms away ,but Portsmouth is much closer to Havant and I would expect the Maryland casualties to have been registered there. Cooper is registered at Cuckfield, Surrey,a long way from Wittering. Ling,28, is registered at Richmond, Surrey(virtually part of S London) and Milner,27,is registered at Uxbridge
    Two threads in one day!!!I trust you are not overdoing it!!!
    Regards
    Dick

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    Cuckfield was home to an Emergency Medical Service Hospital (later an RCAF facility) so he may have been admitted and died there if that helps

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    Eddie

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    Thanks Eddie and Dick for your help.

    Dick: You left out Sgt (WOp/Ag) F.N. Meddings - 641350. His name fits perfectly in the Maryland accident and do hope that his place of death registration was Petersfield as well.

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    Hi Henk
    Meddings didn't come up using the normal search but I finally found him and he is registered at Petersfield, age 21.
    Regards
    Dick

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    Thanks Dick for confirmation Meddings; another one from the list !
    Regards,
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    AC2 Harry P. MILNER - 1359467
    Died 'by accident, Ruislip, Middlesex'
    Saturday 28 December 1940, Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer, West Yorkshire, England

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    Hello

    P/O (Pilot) Michael F.C. BUCKBARROW - 42557 and
    Sgt (WOp/Ag) Frank N. MEDDINGS - 641350 - the Graves Registration Form for these two men confirm they were with the O.A.D.F.

    Unfortunately Burton's entry does not give a unit.

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    Simon

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