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    Default 29143 Flt Lt James Noel McAULEY

    Hi everyone, hope someone can assist me with a few loose ends on this man, please.

    From what I can establish, he was born in Terenure, Dublin, Eire, in the first quarter of 1908, but I cannot establish an actually DOB.

    He was posted from 41 Sqn to RAF Depot Uxbridge on 16 Nov 32, but does not reappear until 1934, when he participated in an specialisation exam for short service commissioned officers, and was then posted to 16 Sqn at Old Sarum on 30 July. Postings to Uxbridge are more often than not temporary for the unattached, supernumerary, sick, and missing members (etc.), but obviously they had their own staff, so I'm assuming McAuley was one of them as broad searches using the usual databases have no mention of him during the intervening period. Can anyone confirm if he was indeed staff at the RAF Depot between 16 Nov 32 and 30 Jul 34, please?

    McAuley was transferred to the Class A Reserve on 1 Sep 38, but after that I find no further mention of him until relinquishing his commission as Flt Lt on 10 Feb 54, and a brief mention of him being chief pilot and a Captain with Trans-Mediterranean Airways, flying DC4's and DC6's out of Beruit, in 1963. As such, my questions are whether he served at all during WWII and where he might have been between Sep 38 and 1963.

    Last bonus question... can anyone provide a place and date of death, please?

    Many thanks for your time and help on this
    Steve
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    Hi Steve,

    He probably died 15 March 1963. Was Pilot with RAF, and several other airlines, died in plane crash leaving Teheran, Iran. Buried at Naas, Co. Kildare, Ireland

    https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/McAuley-340

    James J. McAuley, in memory of his father, Capt. J. Noel McAuley, 1908-1963.
    ...
    My father learned to navigate the old way,
    By the stars -- could fly a course
    From Ganges to Euphrates -- knew half the globe
    From the air. The Ides of March: taking off
    From Tehran, his plane crashed at the edge
    Of a place that is called in Persian 'Desert of Salt.'
    ...

    https://lists.rootsweb.com/hyperkitt...eb.com/2005/3/

    15 March 1963 — A TMA Cargo Avro York crashed seven miles southeast of Karaj, killing all 4 on board.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o...rs_by_location

    Type: Avro 685 York C.1
    Operator: Trans Mediterranean Airways - TMA
    Registration: OD-ACZ

    https://aviation-safety.net/database...?id=19630315-0

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    Mojmir

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    Looks Like was in Ireland during WW2 working for Aer Lingus


    Leinster Leader - Saturday 28 December 1940

    SHOCKING NAAS TRAGEDY LORRY CRASHES INTO BRIDGE SOLDIER KILLED A shocking road tragedy, resulting in the death of Pte. Patrick O’Neill (21), stationed at the Naas Military Barracks, and a native of Ferry bank, Co. Waterford, occurred at the Naas railway bridge about p.m. on Christmas Day. Deceased was accompanied by two other soldiers, when lorry, driven by Michael Flanagan, of Halverstown, Kilcullen. crashed into them, killing Pte. O’Neill instantaneously and seriously injuring Pte. T. Dillon, also stationed in the Naas Miltary Barracks, who was flung on to the railway line, a drop of about twenty-five feet. A third soldier escaped uninjured, except for shock. The lorry eventually careered over the bridge into the railway yard. It appears that the steering rod had become completely detached from the vehicle and it had then become uncontrollable. The driver and his helper. Patrick Flanagan, escaped injury. An inquest into the circumstances of the deceased’s death was held at the Curragh Military Hospital on Thursday. Dr. Jeremiah O’Neill. Coroner, presiding. Supt. Muldoon represented the Gardai, and Mr. D. P. O’Connor, solr., appeared for the lorry driver. Pte. Patrick Redmond related that on the evening in question he was coming up the railway bridge, intending to join the deceased and the two soldiers in front. When he was only a short distance away saw the lorry strike the parapet of the bridge on his left, rebound away and crash down the bridge on the opposite side. Patrick Flanagan (14), Halverstown, stated that he was acting as a helper upon a lorry driven by his brother. Michael, and owned by Mr. Roche. Rathcoole. His brother started at 7.30 a.m. from Halverstown and until the time of the accident was engaged in delivering empties and collecting full cans of milk. At the. time of the accident, about 3 o’clock, they had a load of empty cans. Before coming to the bridge they were travelling behind a car. which he believed was a V. 8.. which was just after passing them out. The lorry was doing 25 or 30 miles an hour at the time. Witness knew the junction of the Blesisngton road and the lorry was at this junction when it gave a sudden swerve to the right and struck the footpath. and with the force of it witness got blow on the head from the front of the cab and just remembered going down the embankment into the railway yard. The V.B. was about 20 yards in front at this time. His brother, just before the lorry crashed, made some remark about the steering having gone. Imediately after that his brother put on the brakes. Witness found the brake rod produced, but he did not hear it falling off or dragging, as the noise of the lorry prevented that. Witness. after the collision, escaped and ran up the bridge without looking at the lorry. Mr. James Noel McAuley, a pilot of Irish Air Lines, stated that he was proceeding from Dublin with his father and brother in a V.B. car. and stepped at the cemetery on the Dublin side of Naas, where he left his father. With his brother he proceeded towards Naas. When crossing the railway bridge witness noticed three soldiers on the top of the bridge, leaning against the parapet. As witness passed the top of the bridge he heard a crash behind him and in the mirror of the car he saw a ; lorrv swerving from the right-hand side. to the left-hand side and going through the fence. It stopped at the bottom of; the incline. Witness stopoed his car and went back to the lorry. Before he got to the lorry two men got out and appeared to be unhurt. A man the bridge shouted that two soldiers were hurt. Witness went to the too of the bridge and saw soldier lying upon the footpath. He appeared to be dead. Part of the metal work of the bridge and the stone pier had been knocked down. Witness saw second soldier lying upon the railway line and he was seriously injured. Witness sent one man for the priest, and witness went to the Garda Barracks. Witness was doing about 30 miles an hour. Witness did not remember passing the lorry, and he did not remember any car passing witness. Mr. Michnel McDermott, merchant. Naas, said that he was coming the Blessinpton road to Ncrs about 3.15 o.m. When about 150 yards from the junction witness saw private car. followed by lorry. bo»h going towards Naas. He thought they were on their correct side in the track of one another. Witness thought the lorry was going faster than the car and witness exoected that it was going to nass out the car. Witness did not see the soldiers, but he heard the crash. Witness drove up to the Brit-sh Legion Hall and saw that the lorry had gone down into the railway yard. Witness saw that the men in the lorry were uninjured, but was told that soldier had been killed, and went for a drctcr. Seret. Comyn, Traffic Inspector. Naas, said that he had examined the steering rod given to him by Sergt. Cronin, who had received it from the helper on the lorry This rod joined the two front wheels of the lorry and kept them in line, that when the steering arm operates the wheel on the right, it operates also on the wheel on the left in the same manner. Without the rod the lorry could not be steered. The rod should be connected to the steering rod on each side by a ball joint and secured by lock nuts. Witness would sav. from the appearance the steering rod, that the lock nuts, they were there before the accident, should show signs of being wrenched off. The lorrv could travel for some time without lock nuts. The hole in one of the ball joints tor the split pin was cloefied with mud. The rod was found on the bridge immediately before the brake mark on the Naas side of the junction with the Blessington road. The drag link which operated between the steering column and road wheel was bent almost double from violence. The impact with the bridge wrenched it off. Witness saw the lorry, which was a Reo. 1938 model, in go<w condition. It was a two-ton and 24 h.p. All the damage was to the right front of the lorry, the radiator bemg pushed back. The front axle and right front were pushed back under the en « link and track rod were the lorry. The braking system was hydraulic and one of the pines leading to the riaht front wheel, cut. It was freshly cut. This would allow the liquid to escape render the whole braking system in Ueut“ V Sean O-Beirn. MX)., stated that received a call from Naas at 3.30 to attend three soldiers who were involved motor accident. Witness went there once and on arrival at the lie found the deceased lying upon the left footoath going to Dublin. He w?s dead. Witness conveyed him to the mortuary at the General Military Hospital. £rragh. On examination wltoess found was suffering from multiple •ni'J". es the chest. The right arm was almost tom from the body. There w .as a fragtare of the lower jaw and abrasions on the face and head. Death, is his opinion was .due to shock and haemhomage. due to multiple injuries as described. Deceased was a healthy young man. Death was mstanjury returned a verdict in accordance with the medical evidence and voted sympathy to the relatives of the deceased. The Coroher and the Superintendent, on behalf of the Gardai. also associated themselves with the resolution. Mr. D. P O’Connor, solr, expressed sympathy on behalf of the driver of the lorry and himself Deceased was only about twelve months commented that, speaking generally, and not referring to this particular case pedestrians didn t give motorists a chance. Pedestrians should be more on the alert for dangers from a vehicle that might get out of control.

    Drogheda Argus and Leinster Journal - Saturday 30 August 1947

    . "WHAT PRICE FREEDOM" Skerries Air Pilot To Pay Alimony James Noel McAuley. Roslyn, Skerries, was directed by Mr. Justice Kingamill Moore, sitting as Vacation Judge in the High Court, to pay £5 a week alimony to his wife, Mrs. Mary Patricia McAuley, pending the hearing of her petition for a divorce. Mr. Ellis, who, with Mr. P. Mc- Gilligan, S.C., appeared for Mrs . McAuley, said that the parties were married in September, 1931, and there were four children, aged from 6 to 13 years. Mr. McAuley was employed as a pilot by Aer Lingus at a salary of £l,lOO $ year.

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    For Irish Births up to 100 years proior to the current year, marriages up to 75 years and deaths up to 50 yrs

    https://civilrecords.irishgenealogy....vil-search.jsp


    And here is his birth record, in Donnybrook, Dublin
    https://civilrecords.irishgenealogy....67/1664116.pdf


    And his wedding but he names himself Noel McAuley!! Occupation Flying Officer!
    https://civilrecords.irishgenealogy....24/5265703.pdf
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    Thank you gents, that is a magnificent help! I appreciate it very much as I couldn't find any of this information.

    This has helped me significantly. THANK YOU!

    Steve
    41 (F) Squadron RAF at War and Peace, April 1916-March 1946
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