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    Default 401224 - 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
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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

    Cheers

    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.

    Best regards,
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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
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    Thanks Dick for confirmation Meddings; another one from the list !
    Regards,
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    Dear henk,
    I see you are looking for the men from Thorney Island base that crashed in the Havant area on December 24m 1940.
    The area which was once fields is now under the housing estate called Leigh Park and that area was called Prospect Farm.
    Two of the men killed were Sergeant Frank Neville Meddings aged 21 and Pilot officer Michael Collier Buckbarrow aged 23.
    The site is at the junction of Forestside Road and Whitsbury Avenue.
    I am researching more as I type.
    I will let you know anything more I find.

    Regards,
    Robert 'Bob' Hind
    Last edited by paulmcmillan; 5th June 2014 at 16:37.

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    Bob

    Unfortunately Henk is no longer with us, he died in 2012

    However, any additional info you can provide will be welcome

    Paul

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    Cheers also Robert,

    but if you have extra info on the Dec 1940 incident involving those two men PLEASE post it onto the old thread to keep all the info in one thread.

    The old thread link is here:
    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/sho...men-24-12-1940
    Its still active and you can post there.

    Cheers

    Dennis
    Dennis Burke
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    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
    www.ww2irishaviation.com

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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

    Martyn

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