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    Hi Jagan

    "Flying Officer Donald Alfred CRANE (72170) 1940-03-28 United Kingdom Padgate (Christ Church) Church
    UK Probate: Died a RAF Hopsital Wisbech Cambridgeshire"

    Crane's
    death is recorded as "RAF Hospital, Poulton, Lancashire" ie Padgate, the death at Wisbech was Edward Hugh Crane

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    747 to go for 1940,

    Still have the following unaccounted for Runnymede memorial - should be aircraft losses or at sea?

    Sergeant Leslie ARMSTRONG (561022) 1940-05-19 4 Sqdn United Kingdom Runnymede Memorial Ref : Panel 11.
    Aircraftman 2nd Class Samuel SIDLIN (928228) 1940-09-24 RAF Biggin Hill United Kingdom Runnymede Memorial Ref : Panel 27.
    Aircraftman 2nd Class Thomas Peter KIRK (1065757) 1940-11-07 United Kingdom Runnymede Memorial Ref : Panel 290.

    Aircraftman 2nd Class Thomas JONES (1021753) 1940-12-18 16 Balloon Center United Kingdom Runnymede Memorial Ref : Panel 27.
    Flight Sergeant William David SHERRIFF (362166) 1940-06-27 72 Sqdn United Kingdom Runnymede Memorial Ref : Panel 11.
    Leading Aircraftman John Gerard HOFFEN (537498) 1940-12-27 217 Sqdn United Kingdom Runnymede Memorial Ref : Panel 23.
    Pilot Officer Leslie Montagu HAMILTON (76906) 1940-05-17 16 Sqdn United Kingdom Runnymede Memorial Ref : Panel 8.
    Sergeant Jesse George STANLEY (581359) 1940-07-04 18 Sqdn United Kingdom Runnymede Memorial Ref : Panel 19.
    Sergeant Maurice William NEVILLE (742656) 1940-10-11 61 Sqdn United Kingdom Runnymede Memorial Ref : Panel 17.

    29 South African Unaccounted

    1 for Greece - Corporal Henry Frederick David SARGEANT (564410) 1940-12-05 112 Sqdn Greece Phaleron War Cemetery

    21 in Egypt

    21 in France
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    Sergeant Maurice William NEVILLE (742656) - a family tree on ancestry.co.uk records that he died 'over Hamburg.' A perusal of the 61 Sqn ORB Form 541 brings up the following:

    Hampden P2082

    P/O Gilbert
    Sgt Neville
    Sgt Jones
    Sgt Thomas

    Attack target D.2 (Hamburg Docks)

    Up: 1919
    Down: 0133

    P/O GILBERT successfully bombed the target. He met with severe A.A. fire and one burst put his aircraft into a spin from 7500 feet to 500o feet during which he gave the order to "bale out." Fortunately, only the Navigator, Sgt. NEVILLE managed to do so before the aicraft was righted and the Air Gunner took over the Navigator's duties and brought the aircraft back.

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    Sergeant John Henry GEORGE (626245) - the 101 Sqn ORB Form 540 has the following:

    As a a result of the plane piloted by P/O N. H. Bicknell having to force land in the sea, whilst returning from an operational flight at night, 626245 Sgt. W.Op. A.G. George, J., lost his life.

    Bill Chorley in his revised BCL Volume 1, 1936-1940, has the following on page 190:

    Blenheim IV N3574 SR-
    Took off from West Raynham and headed for Antwerp but on reaching the Dutch coast the Blenheim’s port engine lost power
    And abandoning the primary, the crew attacked the airfield at Haamstede as an alternative before turning for home, steadily losing height until a ditching became inevitable. This was duly accomplished off Lowestoft at around 0020, the impact wounding the pilot about the head and rendering Sgt George unconscious. Both Bicknell, in much pain, and Gingell struggled desperately to free the air gunner but to no avail and he went down with the aircraft, leaving the two survivors to be picked up by a trawler. For their devotion to duty and in recognition of their valiant efforts to save the life of their colleague, P/O Bicknell and Sgt Gingell received gallantry awards, Gazetted 24 September 1940. Both survived the war, Bicknell adding a DSO to his DFC and Gingell, commissioned, a DFC to go with his DFM. Very sadly, F/O Gingell lost his life in an air accident when the EANS Anson NK503 in which he was a member of crew crashed in Hawkstone Park, Shropshire, killing all on board.
    P/O N H Bicknell DFC – safe
    Sgt W B Gingell DFM – safe
    Sgt J H George – killed


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    EDIT he seems to have disappeared from Jagan's post #172...
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    Flight Sergeant William David SHERRIFF (362166) - the National Probate Calendar records his date of death as June 7th 1940, not June 27th.

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    Pilot Officer Leslie Montagu HAMILTON (76906) - the 16 Sqn ORB Form 540 has the following:

    17th May 1940 - P/O R.E.B. White and P/O Hamilton (Air Gunner) missing.


    The Form 541 has:

    Lysander L4796
    Tac.R.
    Up: 13.45
    Down:
    Tac. R. sortie in St. QUENTIN area. Aircraft did not return.


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    Sergeant Jesse George STANLEY (581359) - Blenheim L8866:

    https://sites.google.com/site/wo2vpr...07-04-blenheim

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    Flight Sergeant William David SHERRIFF (362166) 1940-06-27 72 Sqdn United Kingdom Runnymede Memorial Ref : Panel 11.

    https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/www.d...-1-8372656/amp


    Ft/Sgt William David Sherriff who died aged 34 on June 27 1940 during the retreat to Dunkirk. The husband of Violet Sherriff of Dunstable, he was serving as ground crew with 72 Squadron and was killed when his lorry struck a land mine.

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    LAC John Gerard HOFFEN

    A agree with Cols analysis

    I believe LAC John Gerard HOFFEN was aboard No.210 Sqn Sunderland I N9022 which struck a floating object alighting off Maiden Island on, 27 December, 1940. The CWGC quotes Hoffen's unit as 217 Squadron, which is clearly incorrect.


    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/sho...-12-1943/page2

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    Quote Originally Posted by wwrsimon View Post
    Pilot Officer Leslie Montagu HAMILTON (76906) - the 16 Sqn ORB Form 540 has the following:
    17th May 1940 - P/O R.E.B. White and P/O Hamilton (Air Gunner) missing.
    Lysander L4796

    I got put off track by the AIR81/419 that listed BAILEE, WALKER for this aircraft
    http://www.rafcommands.com/database/...php?uniq=L4796

    Now i realise it is REB white and HAMILTON. Does anyone know what the aircraft for BAILEE and WALKER is?

    PS: REB White went to India (28 Sqn, Lysanders) - and had the misfortune of force landing in tribal territory while bombing them, and was subsequently lynched to death.

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