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    Default Unaccounted airmen 4-1-1941

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

    S/Ldr (Pilot) Cyril H.A. COLMAN - 24058 - 23 Sqn (Ford, Sussex) - not found Flight archives (some connection to MACRORY and MATHEWS 3-1-1941 ?);
    ACW1 Ethe M. DREW - 894681 - killed on active service;
    F/Sgt Walter A. HAZELDEN - 514999 - not found Flight archivesw;
    ACW1 Annie D. HILL - 886211 - not found Flight archives, and
    LAC (Pilot u/t) John E.D. MARRINER - 1060077 - killed on active service.

    Proposed aircraft loss:
    Tiger Moth II - T5890 - 22 EFTS - damaged byond repair in accident; no more info available.

    Regards and thanks for your help.
    Henk.

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    Colman*, Macrory and Mathews were killed on an intruder mission to Dieppe in Blenheim L6781**. Colman's body was washed ashore at Worthing. Others are on Runnymede

    * Colman's initial is given as "V" by Warner
    ** Warner says "Serial No incorrect in several sources: L6781 was lost with 13 OTU 28.9.1940"

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    Hi Henk
    Drew,27,and Hill,41, are registered at Bristol,(this might tie them in with the air raid reported by Amrit for 3/1/41), Marriner,19, is registered at Cambridge, Hazelden,28, is registered at Holderness in E Yorkshire
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    Default Blenheim 3/4-1-1941 (missing Dieppe)

    Thanks Amrit and Dick.
    Perhaps Pel Temple has an answer for this tricky Blenheim serial L6781 !! (repaired after accident 28-9-1940 ?).
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    Default Unaccounted airmen/women 3/1/41

    Henk,

    Ethel Mary Drew and Annie Dorothy Hill are listed on the Bristol Blitz War Memorial site as killed at 13 Berkeley Square Bristol in an air raid on night of 3/4 January 1941.

    Also listed as killed at the same site is ACW1 894204 Doreen Rita Cocks WAAF.

    best regards

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    Thanks Dave for this confirmation.
    Regards,
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    Foreman has this Blenheim coded as YP-X - no serial, what is interesting is Aircraft of the few by Michael Bowyer has L6781 with 23 Sqn from 31-7-40 to ?

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    Just a small point

    S/Ldr (Pilot) Cyril H.A. COLMAN
    was previously a Test Pilot with Airspeed and he flew the first flight of the Airspeed Oxford on 19 June 1937

    A photo of him can be found here:

    http://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1936/1936%20-%200693.html?search=colman+airspeed

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    Default Sqn Ldr Cyril Colman and crew

    Hi Henk

    An extract from my draft Volume I of 'Blue on Blue in WW"

    "The first aerial misidentification of the New Year occurred on the night of 3/4 January, when 103 Squadron launched four Wellingtons from RAF Newton at 1630 to attack Bremen. On the return leg, Flt Lt L.M. Blome-Jones’ aircraft (N2770) was attacked from below by a night fighter when near the French coast. The assailant was seen approaching in a climbing turn and opened fire at 200 yards range. As it passed astern of the rear turret, Sgt Bedford opened fire with two bursts and noticed strikes on its fuselage, following which it dived through clouds and was not seen again. At this point the Wellington switched on its IFF since it was approaching the British coastline and was being coned by searchlights. In the absence of any report of loss or damage to a German night fighter, it seems likely that the attacking aircraft was Blenheim IF (L6781/YP-X) of 23 Squadron, piloted by 35-year-old Cornishman Sqn Ldr Cyril Colman, which failed to return from an intruder sortie. Colman and his crew – Flt Sgt David Mathews (on loan from 25 Squadron) and Sgt H.I. Macrory – were killed."

    Hope this helps

    Cheers
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    Thanks Brian, took note of this interesting story.
    Regards,
    Henk.

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