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    Default Aircraftman 2nd Class James Banham LEGGE (653737) Unaccounted

    Aircraftman 2nd Class
    James Banham LEGGE (653737)

    1940-04-24

    ApriI 24, Newbury Hospital (accident), aged 18 years. JAMES BANHAM (R.A.F.). beloved son of Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Legge, 81 Wavertree Nook Road. Interred with military honours at Yatesbury ..

    I wonder if the accident was to do with 10 EFTS. ?

    It certainly looks like he was in training to be aircrew see below

    Of course accident could be road etc he is down as Died on Active Service

    WW2 RAF Type B Leather flying helmet with dog tags. Helmet and tags belonged to James Banham Legge aircraftsman 2nd class. Legge was born in Liverpool 1922. Killed 24th April 1940 and buried at All Saints Church, Yatesbury, Wiltshire.Helmet is a size 1 made by Frank Bryan Limited, London 1939. Condition of leather is very good and both earpieces contain original blanking sponges. Picture shows memorial at All Saints Church where aircraftsman Legge was buried.

    https://www.worthpoint.com/worthoped...lmet-463679041
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    Paul,

    There is no record of an accident involving Legge in the Yatesbury section of Wings over Wiltshire. I think there would have been had he died as the result of a flying accident; a fatal accident is recorded for 3rd March, and another on 30 May.

    Brian

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    No other Serviceman killed on same day/time/place (CWGC).
    There's a glitch with FREEBMD. Can't see which other deaths Reg on the same Newbury page(s).
    Legge was one of the last to Enlist in the RAF. 653737 is very close to the end of Block 610000-654721 (1 Mar 1938-1 Sep 1939, various Centres). Possibly Enlisted latter half of Aug 1939?
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    I don't believe theres a glitch. He is on page 660 of the register

    The preceding page has three names all elderly and page 661 has four older names

    Searching the database for page numbers 65* and 66* show that the number of names per page ranges from 1 name to up to five names in that quarter.
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