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    KElLLER—.January 1. in hospital. COLIN (Royal Air Force), dearly loved son of Captain and Mrs. W. L. Keiller. of 9 Chepstow Avenue. Wallasey. Funeral at Halton.

    Published: Friday 05 January 1940
    Newspaper: Liverpool Daily Post
    County: Lancashire, England

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    Airman’s Death. Mr. James Wright, Burnbrae Avenue, Portadown, has been officially informed of the death his son. Rigger Wilfred Wright, R.A.F., as a result of a sudden illness. Unmasked Headlights.—At Glenarm petty sessions yesterday, before Mr. W. M'Williams ...
    Published: Saturday 06 January 1940
    Newspaper: Belfast News-Letter
    County: Antrim, Northern Ireland
    Type: Article | Words: 1301 | Page: 8 | Tags: none

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    Macleay Argus 16 Jan 1940

    Pilot Officer
    James Norman ALEXANDER () Pilot


    1940-01-15

    Australia
    Randwick General Cemetery, Syd
    Sergeant
    William Kenneth PLATT (1791)


    1940-01-15

    Wirraway Crash

    CAC CA-5 Wirraway
    Owner/operator: 21 Sqn RAAF
    Registration: A20-2

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    KILLED IN AIR CRASH.
    MELBOURNE, Tuesday.
    Two air force men, Pilot Officer
    James Norman Alexander (20) and
    Temporary Sergt. William Kenneth
    Platt (27), were killed yesterday
    when an aeroplane in which they were
    training crashed near Laverton and
    "burst into flames. The plane, which
    was flying in formation, stalled dur
    ing a turn and spun into the ground
    from 1000 feet, and caught fire.


    Later:
    WIRRAWAY CRASH
    Pilot's "Slight Misuse
    Of Controls"
    MELBOURNE. February 12.
    Flying-Offleer J. H. Harper told the
    Coroner (Mr. Tíngate, P.M.) today that
    he considered that slight misuse of the
    controls by the pilot had led to the
    fatal Wirraway crash at Laverton on
    January 15.
    James Norman Alexander (19), pilot,
    and William Kenneth Platt (27), ob-
    server, were killed in the crash which
    occurred as they were about to land
    after a formation fligh

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    CRASH OF BAFFIN (Evening Post, 06 February 1940)
    Date: 06-02-1940
    Publisher: Evening Post

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    Date: 05-FEB-1940
    Time: c. 1210
    Type: Blackburn Baffin
    Owner/operator: RNZAF (Royal New Zealand Air Force)
    Registration: NZ152



    Killed


    Arthur Darvall POULTON (2523)
    William James Reynold STRACHAN (539071)
    Douglas Haig BIRBECK (539003)


    FATAL FLIGHT
    BAFFIN BOMBER
    EVIDENCE AT INQUESTS
    (By Telegraph—Press Association.)
    CHRISTCHURCH, February 19.
    Inquests into the deaths of the airmen who were killed when a Baffin bomber crashed into the sea at Waimairi on February 5 were heard before the Coroner, Mr. E. C. Levvey, this morning. The victims were Flight-Lieutenant Arthur Darvall Poulton, aged 40, of West Eyreton; AirGunner William James Reynolds Strachan, of Roxburgh; and Aircraftman (First Class) Douglas Haig Birbeck, of Barbadoes Street, Christchurch.
    An open verdict in accordance with the medical evidence was returned in each case by the Coroner, who said the men had died as the result of injuries received when the aeroplane in which they were flying crashed into the ' sea. •
    George Whiting said he was almost opposite the aeroplane, and he saw it circle two or three times. He saw the machine dive, and there was an explosion preceded by a puff of smoke before the aeroplane hit the water. The airmen on the beach did everything possible to reach the aeroplane when it crashed.
    The officer in charge of the Air Force beach party, Flight-Lieutenant Henderson, said Poulton's machine had been engaged in message-dropping operations. He saw the machine make two complete circles and begin a third at a height of about 1000 feet. As the machine was turning left to sea he saw it nose-dive about 300 or 400 feet, then make a complete spiral turn and crash about 500 or 600 yards from the shore. Men went out to the machine, which was still floating.
    A member of the beach party, Norman Lewis Augustus Howard, said he saw the crash and the engine was going all the time. He heard a muffled explosion. There was nothing hanging from the machine to show it was not airworthy, and the aeroplane appeared to go down completely out of control.
    After the machine had dropped all its signals it went down the beach twice, said Allan Robert Osment, an air-gunner. The aeroplane turned, and he thought it was making for the aerodrome when it turned again and fell forward and down. After the crash there was an explosion. He swam out to the machine, but found that the aeroplane had been so badly damaged that the men had been thrown out, and he could find no trace of them.

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    Arthur Mills New Zealand

    SURF CLAIMS VICTIM

    (By Telegraph—Press Association.)

    DUNEDIN, January 7. A tragic drowning fatality occurred at Smaill's Beach on Saturday afternoon, when Mr. Arthur Wills, aircraft instructor employed at the Air Force technical training centre at the Hillside Workshops, got into difficulties in the surf and lost his life. Mr. Wills who resided at 14 Hood Street, Kaikorai, was 41 years of age, and was a married man with a family of five.

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    John Mells


    ... Leading Aircraftman J. Mells was i received hy his wife, Mrs Mabel Mens, of 40, Eia Street, Belfast, on Wednesday. On Sunday Mrs Mells received word that her husband was dangerously ill from meningitis.
    Newspaper: Belfast News-Letter
    County: Antrim, Northern Ireland
    Type: Illustrated | Words: 676 | Page: 7 | Tags: none

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    Reginald Christie WIDMER (330605

    MR. R. C. WIDMER. We regret to record tile death, suddenly, while serving the RAF somewhere in the o£ England, Leading Aircraftsman Reginald Christie Widmer, at ',ne age 37 years. His home was 31, rachbrook Road, Leamington , and for some years he had been member of the staff of Messrs. Ansell's Brewery. The funeral took place ...

    The funeral took place Leamington Cemetery yesterday (Thursday), service being hold in All Saints' Cemetery The Rev.
    ... Simpson (Vicar of St. John's) officiated. The mourners who attended were:—Mrs. R. C. Widmer (wife), Mr, and Airs. C. Widmer (parents), Mrs. F. Timms and Miss Widmer (sisters), Mrs. K. Lawrence (mother-in-law), Miss ferine (aunt), Mi. F, Timms and Mr. ...
    Published: Friday 12 January 1940
    Newspaper: Leamington Spa Courier
    County: Warwickshire, England
    Type: Article | Words: 234 | Page: 1 | Tags: none

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    WOOSLEY.—On January 18th, Weymouth, Edward John Woosley, beloved son of Amy and the late Edward Martin Woosley, 12, Mount Pleasantroad, Exeter, late Park-road. Time of funeral later. 6.o.—Time: Newe. 6.13 ...
    Published: Friday 19 January 1940
    Newspaper: Express and Echo
    County: Devon, England
    Type: Article | Words: 257 | Page: 4 | Tags: none


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    Squadron Leader David Malyon ALLAN (2524)

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    de Havilland DH82a Tiger Moth
    Owner/operator: FIS, RNZAF
    Registration: NZ724
    C/n / msn: 3680
    Fatalities: Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2

    MANGERE FLYING TRAGEDY
    WAIHI DAILY TELEGRAPH, VOLUME XXXIX, ISSUE 9498, 13 MARCH 1940

    MANGERE FLYING TRAGEDY

    INQUEST FORMALLY OPENED AND ADJOURNED "IN USUAL STATE OF HEALTH" By Telegraph—Press Association. AUCKLAND, This Day. An inquest into the death of Squadron-Leader David Malyon Allan, the victim of the flying tragedy at Mangere yesterday, was opened to-day before the City Coroner, Mr F. K. Hunt. Sergeant Brown, of Onehunga, appeared for the police.

    Evidence of identification was given by Ronald A. Kirkup, flight lieutenant in the Royal New Zealand Air Force, stationed at Mangere. "I saw Squadron-Leader Allan take off from the tarmac at 8.15 a.m. with Pilot Officer Percival Guy Haig Newton. He was in his usual state of health," said I witness. "At 10.20 I saw his body in a paddock near Black Bridge, iMangere." Witness said lie had known Allan I for 11 years. He was 44 years old, married, and resided at Mangere. The inquest was adjourned sine die.


    ' HARNESS UNDONE.'

    DEATH OF D. M. ALLAN.

    REPORT AT INQUEST. MANGERE TRAGEDY DETAILS. ''When tfac machine landed the safety harness was found to be undone, but not broken,"' stated the police report to the coroner, at the inquest into the death at Mangere yesterday of Squadron-Leader David Malyon Allan, which w-.is opened before Mr. F. K. Hunt, S.M., city coroner, this morning. Sergeant S. A. Brown appeared lor the police. The report stated that SquadronLeader Allan was with Pilot-Officer Percival Guy Haig Newton. Pilot-Officer Newton was instructed to go into a slow roll at 3000 ft, and the machine was upside down for about five seconds. When the manoeuvre was completed Newton noticed that the 'plane was not trimmed. He discovered that he was alone, and returned to the aerodrome and landed the machine safely. Formal evidence of identification was given by Ronald Affleck Kirkup, a flight-lieutenant of the Royal New Zealand Air Force, stationed at Mange re Aerodrome. "I saw Squadron-Leader Allan take off from the tarmac at 9.15

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    Leading Aircraftman John Lindsay McFADYEN (391839) 1940-06-15 New Zealand Greymouth (Karoro) Cemetery
    Leading Aircraftman Francis Maurice McFARLANE (391840) 1940-06-15 New Zealand Nelson (Stoke) Cemetery


    Date: 15-JUN-1940
    Time: 11:30 LT
    Type: Airspeed Oxford Mk I
    Owner/operator: 1 SFTS RNZAF
    Registration: NZ279
    TWO KILLED
    NEW ZEALAND HERALD, VOLUME LXXVII, ISSUE 23684, 17 JUNE 1940



    TWO KILLED

    BOMBER CRASHES AKAROA TRAGEDY VIOLENT EXPLOSION SHOPS SET ON EIBE [BY TELEGRAPH —OWN CORRESPONDENT] CHKISTCHURCH, Sunday Two men were killed when a Royal New Zealand Air Force bomber crashed into the centre of the Akaroa township at 11.-30 a.m. yesterday and burst into flames. The victims were: — Leading Aircraftsman John Lindsay > McFadyen, of Blackball, West Coast. Leading Aircraftsman Francis Morris McFarlane, of Nelson, a married man. The machine fell on, two shops in Lavaud Street, the main street, and burst into flames. Both shops were burned, and the flames were so fierce that no one was able to approach the wreckage. Valmai Dann, aged 12, daughter of Mr. George Dann, and Nathalie Ramsay, aged 14, daughter of Mr. Walter Ramsay, who were near the scene of the crash,' suffered from burns and shock. Valmai Dann was taken to hospital, but the other girl was not so severely burned. Explosions After Crash As the machine was circling low over the township its wing was seen to drop sharpl}-, and a moment later it crashed, bursting into flames as it struck the buildings. One of these was occupied by Mr. A. J. Brown, hairdresser, and the other by Mr. A. E. Kingston, draper.

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