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    Default Sgt. J.H. Laurie (1062864) 218 Sqdn. Cause of death.

    Can anyone help me please with the circumstances of the death of Sergeant JAMES HUNTER LAURIE (1062864) of 218 Squadron, Bomber Command. He died on 12 June 1942 and is buried in his home village of Dunscore in Dumfriesshire.

    He may have been a Wireless Operator/Air Gunner on a Stirling from RAF Marham in Norfolk and may have been killed during a raid.
    His death was registered in King's Lynn.


    Many thanks

    Ken

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    Hi Ken, according to 218 Sq ORB there were operations only on 11. 6. 42, no operations on 12. 6. 42.
    But there is nothing about Sgt Laurie in both F540 + F541, I was also not able to find him in crews of previous raids to the start of June...


    But http://warmemscot.s4.bizhat.com/warm...-0-asc-45.html says he was killed during an operation...

    I am sure Steve Smith wpould be able to help you more

    Pavel
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    Malcolm's RAFWEB says he was killed in The Eagle public house (GE 52.755746 0.398785) in Norfolk Street, Kings Lynn - along with 42 other people - whist attending a 21st Birthday celebration when it was bombed!
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    Pavel and Peter - many thanks for your replies.

    The local newspaper reported his death as:
    Sergeant James Hunter Laurie, wireless operator and air-gunner in the R.A.F., who was before volunteering for service in August, 1940, member of the staff of the County Clerk, Dumfries, has died as the result of enemy action.

    The final words, I think, confirm that he died in the Eagle Hotel bombing rather than on operations.

    I'll try get a copy of his death certificate.


    Ken

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    Ken,

    my understanding of "has died as the result of enemy action" might be both - being killed during the enemy raid but also being killed for example by a fire of enemy figher while on own bombing raid .

    But now it is clear as Peter has already posted - he was a victim of enemy raid.

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    Hi,

    The squadron lost three airmen this night.

    Regards

    Steve

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    John Hunter Laurie's death certificate confirms that his "dead body found 13 June 1942. Eagle Hotel, Norfolk Street"

    (should this info. go on Unaccounted Airmen?)
    Ken

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