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    Default Casualties 22nd April 1940, 10 B&GS

    42172 F/O D R Williams; 523326 LAC G W Patterson; 751792 LAC R K Cyster

    These were the subject of a thread, on the old board (# 434) which ended without establishing a link to a possible aircraft loss. Seal K3525 was suggested but the A-B K serials and the K File record only one casualty. In my opinion a very strong contender is Overstrand K8173, for which the K File records .10 BGS. Engine caught fire, broke up in dive off Chesil Bank, Dorset, 22.4.40; 3 killed.

    Because the aircraft crashed in the sea it does not appear on the A-B list; this could also explain their commemoration on the Runnymede Memorial.

    At least one question remains - if these three were killed on the Overstrand who was killed on the Seal?

    Dave Molyneux

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    The man killed on the Seal could be AC2 (Drogue Op.) Ernest Cooper 940093.
    His death was registered at Dorchester.
    This is consistent with an aircraft that 'crashed while dropping drogue, Langton, Dorset.'
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    Andy,

    Thanks very much for the information regarding the Seal,which was also from 10 B&GS, and AC2 Cooper.

    I think I have a clearer understanding of events in Dorset on 22nd April

    best wishes

    Dave Molyneux
    Last edited by dave bristol; 2nd August 2008 at 11:09. Reason: Incorrect date quoted

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy Ingham View Post
    The man killed on the Seal could be AC2 (Drogue Op.) Ernest Cooper 940093.
    His death was registered at Dorchester.
    This is consistent with an aircraft that 'crashed while dropping drogue, Langton, Dorset.'
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    Andy
    Andy,
    I've Ernest COOPER - 980093 on Master I, N7551 of the CGS; crew abandoned a/c near Puddleton, Dorset.
    Regards,
    Henk.

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    http://daveg4otu.tripod.com/dorset/dorcrash.txt

    "
    22-4-40 K3525 Fairey Seal 10 BGS cr Langton Herring.Pilot Killed
    22-4-40 K8173 BP Overstrand I 10 BGS cr in sea off Chesil Beach.3 killed
    22-4-40 N7551 Miles Master I CGS pilot baled out over Puddletown

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    Curious to know who was killed on K3525 !
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    Henk

    I think the point is Cooper may have been on the Seal (and not the Master) - The Master has abandoned (no indication of an deaths) and the only death (I know it says Pilot) is on the Seal

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    Paul, I think you've a point re Cooper. Annotations made.
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    Hello Henk
    I have cross referenced the CWGC list and the Death register.
    I can only find 9 RAF men listed on the CWGC database as having died on the 22.04.40.
    The death of 2 are registered at Birmingham (CAL Bevan & C Parkin).
    The death of 2 are registered at Ploughley, Oxfordshire(JF Dobson & R Holt).
    The death of 1 is registered at Hendon (FEC Purvis)
    The death of 1 is registered at Dorchester, Dorset (E Cooper)
    The death of the last 3 were not registered and all all listed at Runnymede. (DR Williams, GW Patterson, RK Cyster)
    This leaves us with only 4 casualties in Dorset this day. The 3 lost at sea following the crash at Chesil Beach and Ernest Cooper.
    Andy

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    Thanks Andy; all clear.
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    Henk.

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