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    Thanks Jagan. Last of the Aussies for 1941!

    Corporal James Jeffrey BULLEN (4764) RAAF. RAAF Parkes, NSW.
    Died as a result of a motor car accident at Parkes, NSW.
    https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/R1701745
    https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/r...-12-31&sortby=
    Note: Middle name is spelt ‘Jeffery’ in some records and press articles. Not sure which is correct.

    Aircraftman 1st Class Milton Robert GUNNING (36276) RAAF. Observer. 2 SFTS
    Drowned while surfing at Nambucca Heads, NSW.
    https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/R1720313
    https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/r...-01-31&sortby=

    Leading Aircraftman Maurice John MILES (413632) RAAF. 1 WAGS
    Died in a car accident with two civilians when the car he was travelling in collided with a taxi at Parkes, NSW.
    https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/R1716713
    https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/r...-01-31&sortby=

    Leading Aircraftman Ronald Desmond Holmes McCARTHY (12085) RAAF. 2 AD
    Crashed into a telegraph pole when riding a motor cycle after going out of control. McCarthy suffered a fractured skull, broken collarbone and other injuries. Pillion passenger Private George Henly was fatally injured and died in the ambulance. Although not stated in press, assume McCarthy died of his injuries. McCarthy was taken to Manly Hospital, NSW
    https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/R1719871
    https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/r...-01-31&sortby=

    Corporal Thomas Rawson COX (21486) RAAF. Seaplane Squadron RAAF, RAAF Rathmines
    Died from illness at Adamstown, NSW.
    https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/R1703888
    https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/r...-01-01&sortby=

    Leading Aircraftman Harold Vincent BREEN (412477) RAAF. 2 WAGS
    Died in a car accident when the car went over an embankment on the Molong Road at Wellington, NSW. Of the four civilians also in the car, three were killed (one died later on) and one injured.
    https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/R1704692
    https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/r...-01-01&sortby=

    Leading Aircraftman Vincent O'Brien SWANSON (35390) RAAF. 2 AD.
    Died as a result of an accident at Richmond, NSW
    https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/R1714487
    https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/r...-01-31&sortby=

    Sergeant Harry Wilfred JULIAN (21391) RAAF. Sergeant Clerk in RAAF Stores at 4 EFTS,
    Died from self-inflicted injuries (bullet wound to the head) in a military hospital at Sydney, NSW. A revolver, taken from a locker of an officer, was lying near him. Julian had been in ill-health.
    https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/R1721400
    https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/r...-01-31&sortby=


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    Flying Officer (C/2988) Robert Samuel ‘Bob’ DIXON (C/2988) 1941-01-11


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    pS Stanley St. Elois Muddeman was born in UK in 1916

    Births Mar 1916 (>99%)
    Muddeman Stanley St E Godfrey Kensington 1a 231



    Leo Frank Malatka of Wichita Kas, representative of the Cessna Aircraft Manufacturing Co. Wichita
    27th Feb 1908 – 11 Jan 1941

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    Hello

    Here is the first batch of the December 1941 UK casualties:

    Richard Allan ERRINGTON (R/81422) - his R.C.A.F. Service File records that he was killed in Botha L6478, on a ferry flight from Brough to No. 4 Air Observers School at West Freugh. He flew down to Brough with F/O Harry Wilbur Orville Palethorpe in Botha L6530, and they each picked up a Botha. Errington was instructed to follow Palethorpe, who was flying Botha L6180, back to West Freugh. By the time they reached Port William the weather had deteriorated and when Palethorpe landed at West Freugh, there was no sign of Errington.
    A member of the R.O.C. saw the Botha at 17.20 1 mile south of Kirkowen, flying at 50 feet. The aircraft circled in the rain and thick mist, as if lost. The R.O.C. log reported the Botha heading North West at 17.25.
    A final witness saw the Botha at about 17.30 come out of the cloud at a steep angle near Glen Luce, and hit the ground.

    Joseph WALKER (863295) - the Portsmouth Evening News of December 4th 1941 carried an announcement of his death:
    WALKER - Joseph, of 71, Wesley Grove, Copnor. On December 2nd, at Royal Victoria Hospital, Netley, aged 52 years. Late R.S.M. Royal Engineers (lately served with the R.A.F.), after an illness patiently borne.

    Anthony James Douglas GLAISHER (902571) - the Thanet Advertiser of December 12th 1941 reported that he was found dead on the sands at Ramsgate, having sustained fatal head injuries by falling 30 feet from the top of the pier. It reports that he had told his comrades that he was going to take his own life, but then told them it was joke. The Coroner said that he had left several letters, and returned a verdict of "suicide while the balance of the mind was disturbed."

    Allen Edwin NEW (1199077) - the Coventry Evening Telegraph of December 8th 1941 reported that he was found hanging at his home in Coventry whilst on leave. He was taken to hospital but was found to be dead.

    Joseph Henry RYALLS (1239961)
    John Edgar MAYO (1319848) and
    Rudolf GRZEGORZ (P/0919) - Anson N9886
    See: http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/sho...Died-6-12-1941

    Vernon Dumaresq Bowden MARTIN (R/74454) - his R.C.A.F. Service File records that he was killed in Master T8404 which crashed at Hullavington at 20.15.

    Stephen Guye Hawksworth FAWKES (86366) - the 603 Sqn ORB records that he was missing in Spitfire P8603.
    See also: http://www.southafricawargraves.org/...ls.php?id=6964

    Alfred Edward GREEN A.T.A. - Hurricane BM955
    See: http://laituk.org/Hurricane%20BM955.htm
    http://www.raf-lichfield.co.uk/ATA%20Casualties.htm
    http://www.afleetingpeace.org/the-at...&catid=9:lists

    Jozef KULIK (P/781293) - Defiant N3375
    Also registered Kinloss was Edward John DYCE (1365144) of 2 A.G.S. - was he the other occupant?

    Alexander George WICKS (411486) - Hurricane W9342.
    See: http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/sho...-December-1941

    Thomas William ROGERS A.T.A. - Botha W5103.
    See: http://www.afleetingpeace.org/the-at...2-ata-men-1940
    and: https://www.peakdistrictaircrashes.c...03-round-hill/

    Jan MENDEL-DYMITROWICZ (P/793214) - Lysander V9580

    Denzil Walter Charles GROVES (615602) - the 154 Sqn ORB Form 540 records that he was killed when he was a passenger in Magister L8164, flown by Sgt. Vergette, which crashed near Saffron Walden. Sgt. Groves was killed, and Vergette admitted to Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge.

    Alan Cameron BONE (R/85712) and
    James Snelgrove BIRD (R/84118)
    Bone's R.C.A.F. Service File records that he was killed in Spitfire R6829 of 57 O.T.U., which collided with Spitfire R7062 flown by Bird at Rhosesmor, Flintshire.
    See: http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/sho...6829-amp-R7062

    James McLAREN (401077) - the 129 Sqn ORB Form 540 records that he was killed in Spitfire BL285, which spun in from 2,000 ft while on a gun camera exercise.

    John Hunter MURCHIE (J/7237) - his R.C.A.F. Service File records that he was killed in Tomahawk AH919 of 41 O.T.U., which crashed at Faulkners Down Farm, Hampshire. He was thought to be carrying out unauthorised aerobatics and the aircraft spun in.

    Donald Robert McCULLOUGH (R/68706) - his R.C.A.F. Service File records that he was killed in Hurricane BE943, which crashed 300 yards from Eastwick Manor, Herts. The Hurricane was seen to get out of control, and he attempted to bale out at too low a height and was killed.

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    Canadian deaths


    Leading Aircraftman John Saunders McMARTIN (R/68270) 1941-01-23
    Sergeant George Delos POMEROY (R/63995) 1941-01-23
    http://rcafdunnville.blogspot.com/2013/01/when-c.html
    January 23, 1941 : (R/63995) Sergeant Instructor George Delos Pomeroy, Toronto and (R/68270) Leading Aircraftman John Saunders McMartin, Thorndale, Ontario failed to come out of a power dive and crashed nose-first into the earth on the Rainham Road - nine miles from No. 6 SFTS. Group Captain Hull stated: " Nothing went wrong with the plane - it was a straight flying accident."




    Leading Aircraftman Colin Tolhurst ARTHUR (407110) 1941-02-04
    Leading Aircraftman Claude Murray ROSS (400156) 1941-02-04
    http://rcafcampborden.blogspot.com/2...g-post_16.html
    400156) Leading Aircraftman Claude Murray Ross of Melbourne and (407110) Leading Aircraftman Colin Tolhurst Arthur of Mount Gampier, were killed in a flying accident February 4, 1941






    Sergeant Alfred Emile REGIMBAL (R/56882) 1941-02-17
    http://www.angelfire.com/trek/rcaf/exag0210.html
    A memorial cairn stands today 8 miles west of Cochrane, Alberta, on the old Banff highway now known as highway 1A. On the cairn are two brass plaques, the one on the East side (left in photo) commemorates the co-operation between the USA and Canada during the war. The other plaque lists the names of two airmen who were killed in the crash of Cessna Crane W1610 on February 17, 1941, in the valley near that location. The two airmen were R56882 Sergeant Alfred Emile Regimbal from Wood Mountain, Saskatchewan, a pilot age 22. The other airman was R67694 LAC Quenton Burl Chace from Wichita, Kansas, USA, age 20. Both airmen were from No.3 SFTS, Calgary, Alberta. LAC Chace was killed just before he graduated. The cairn seems to be well looked after, the grass has been cut and the whole area was neat and tidy when we stopped to photograph it. A sign at the side of the highway lists it as a "point of interest".



    Flying Officer William BIRD (79749) 1941-02-21
    Radio Operator William SNAILHAM ()
    https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/...0/william-bird
    Lockheed Hudson III (#T9449) was one of five aircraft which took flight from Gander, the Dominion of Newfoundland, on 20 Feb 1941 on a delivery flight to England. There were three aircrew and one passenger aboard. Shortly after take-off and over the Atlantic Ocean about 50 miles from Gander the oil supply to the Hudson’s starboard engine failed. The pilot, Captain Joseph Mackey, attempted to shut down the engine and to feather the propeller (i.e.-the blades are rotated parallel to the airflow in order to reduce the drag if an engine fails) but found that it would not feather. The decision to head back to Gander was made, but then the port engine failed in a similar manner. Hudson T9449 crashed in trees near Seven Mile Pond Lake; the navigator, RAFVR Flying Officer William BIRD, and the radio operator, Radio Operator William SNAILHAM, died in the crash.

    Group Captain Alexander SHEKLETON () 1941-03-01
    http://www.harvardsabove.ca/the-wint...ir-discontent/
    Sadly, after months of coping with the problems of getting the station operational, Group Captain Alexander Shekleton collapsed and died of heart failure on March 1, 1941. His wife requested that his body be cremated and the ashes scattered over the open water of Lake Ontario. G/C Shekleton had served in the First World War with distinction and had been hospitalized with pneumonia shortly after arriving in Canada.

    Flying Officer Macdonald Joseph ANDREWS (C/990) 1941-03-23
    http://rcafbrantford.blogspot.com/20...blog-post.html
    (C/990) F/O Macdonald Joseph Andrews Killed in flying accident March 23, 1941


    Sergeant John Michael HARRIS (R/63612) 1941-04-07
    http://www.sarniahistoricalsociety.c...ichael-r63612/
    On April 7, 1941, piloting his Menasco Moth aircraft #4824 while engaged in a two-hour wireless exercise, his aircraft crashed into a bush between Caughnawaga and suburban Chateauguay, near Montreal. His flying companion, LAC R.L.W. Orchard, a New Zealander, escaped with bruises and was shaken up. John Harris was killed.




    Leading Aircraftman Donald TWEEDIE (402420) 1941-04-08
    Leading Aircraftman Allen Mitchell RANDELL (404358) 1941-04-08
    https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C1038095
    The joint funeral procession of two RAAF airmen attached to 4 Service Flying Training School (SFTS), Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF). 404358 Leading Aircraftman (LAC) Allan Mitchel Randell, of Lismore, NSW; and 402420 LAC Donald Tweedie, of Portland, NSW, were killed in a flying accident in Canada on 8 April 1941, both aged 22 years. RCAF personnel are escorting the coffins from the church to the Woodlawn Cemetery at Saskatoon, Canada.
    On the 8th April 1941, Anson 6235 crashed at 1106 hours at Cxudworth, Saskatoon, Canada, and the crew were killed. The cause of the crash was due to contour chasing or engine failure necessitating a forced landing.


    Flying Officer David SMITH (C/1192) 1941-05-04
    https://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remem...detail/2686736
    Flying Accident while formation flying



    Flying Officer Russell Henry WIENS (42168) 1941-05-20
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    21-5-1941 No.31 ANS, Port Albert. Anson N9893 Verey light caught fire in aircraft, crashed 5m N of Listowel, Ontario. 42168 F/O Russell Henry WIENS RAF - Killed The crew of Wien's aircraft, believed to be Australians, baled out and survived.




    Leading Aircraftman Lawrence Herbert BOLTON (R/72304) 1941-05-24
    https://www.veterans.gc.ca/cvwmuploa.../2265559_4.png
    harvard crashed Dauphin, Manitoba. 10 SFTS
    http://www.airmuseum.ca/BCATPsearch/...uphinMB002.pdf
    R72304 LAC Bolton, Lawrence Herbert, was killed when his plane, Harvard 2943, spiralled into the ground at 2330 hours while on solo night flying practice from the relief field. The aircraft hit the ground about two miles northwest of the field. There was an explosion and the plane burst into flames. Bolton was killed instantly and the body badly burned. "A" Category crash. Saturday routine normal otherwise.




    Leading Aircraftman Frank SCHWARTZ (R/77224) 1941-05-26
    http://rcafdunnville.blogspot.com/ https://www.veterans.gc.ca/cvwmuploa.../2687862_3.png
    Leading Aircraftman Frank Schwartz, of Montreal, was killed in a flying accident May 26, 1941

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    Sergeant John Frederick Vincent KARLENZIG (R/71259) 1941-06-03
    https://www.veterans.gc.ca/cvwmuploa.../2851232_1.png
    Aircraft Accident - Unidentified


    Leading Aircraftman Robert Gordon ALEXANDER (R/76598) 1941-06-06
    https://www.veterans.gc.ca/cvwmuploa.../2850796_3.png
    Harvard, 10 SFTS at Dauphin. Flying Solo on a night circuit flight.


    Leading Aircraftman Douglas Beatty LEACH (R/91533) 1941-06-10
    https://www.veterans.gc.ca/cvwmuploa.../2851338_4.png
    Tigermoth crashed . 32 SFTS RCAF - 4m S of Moose Jaw.

    Leading Aircraftman Jack KUGELMASS (R/77268) 1941-07-01
    https://www.veterans.gc.ca/cvwmuploa.../2687861_4.png
    4 SFTS Cessna Crane on a navigation flight

    Leading Aircraftman Charles TAGGART (402929) 1941-07-06
    Leading Aircraftman Ray McNABB (402925) 1941-07-06
    https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C1067403
    McNabb and Taggart were on a gunnery training flight in a Fairey Battle aircraft when the pilot noticed the aircraft engine was leaking cooling fluid and the resultant fumes were acrid. He sent a message to McNabb and Taggart, who were in the fuselage of the aircraft, to bail out, but they were overcome by fumes and crashed with the aircraft. A subsequent inquiry found the parachute had been fitted incorrectly on one of the men and may have snagged on the aircraft.


    Leading Aircraftman Alexander James ROBERTS (401591) 1941-07-07
    Motor Vehicle accident - 3 Wireless School Winnipeg - killed: Leading Aircraftman Alexander Edward ROBERTS RAAF 401591 & Corporal James FORTNER RCAF R/63832 & civilian James Kirkpatrick of Winnipeg. Two other RAAF members were injured: LAC Sides 403842 (discharged March 1942) & LAC Glenton-Wright 404913 (KIA 31May42 with 23OTU over Holland) (extra information from Montreal newspaper) (7-Apr-41 - Selkirk, Manitoba, Canada)


    Leading Aircraftman Joseph McCORMICK (R/75487) 1941-07-27
    https://www.veterans.gc.ca/cvwmuploa.../2851096_1.png
    Aircraft dived into ground. 11 SFTS.

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    Hi Simon

    Donald Robert McCULLOUGH (R/68706) - BE943 should be BD943, the former was a cancelled Blenheim

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    Re post 72

    I have seen Errington's death cert. and location is given as 'Dirnow, Kircowan, Wigtown'.
    OS NX291655.

    The same for Kulik and Dyce, both killed in the same accident at Findhorn Bay.

    DaveW
    Last edited by davew; 11th May 2019 at 14:21. Reason: More+typo

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    Thanks for the correction Malcolm, and also thanks DaveW for the location of Errington's crash.

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    Still working away!

    And still on post 72.

    If the serial No. for Murchie's a/c is correct, with location Faulkner's Down Farm then ABS is slightly wrong in locating the accident as 'Near Old Sarum'. Murchie's death was registered at Kingsclere which includes in its jurisdiction Hurstbourne Priors, the address of Faulkners Down Farm. OS SU411474.

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    Helo

    The next batch of December 1941 UK casualties:

    Albert George DAY (113960) - the CWGC website has 576 Sqn (which wasn't formed until 1943...?) but the R.A.F. Deaths Overseas list has 610 Sqn. The 610 Sqn ORB has him missing in Spitfire 'J' - no serial listed.

    Frank William BODDEN (1563448) - the Statutory Deaths Register on the Sotland's People website records that he died at 2.45 a.m. at Stracathro Hospital due to Chronic Cholecystitis [an inflamation of the gall bladder], for which he had been operated on two days previously, and post-operative shock.

    Norman Clunie POW (R/83911) - His R.C.A.F. Service File states that he was killed in a Hurricane of 56 O.T.U. near Wisbech, but there's nothing to ID an aircraft in his file. Hurricane P3809 was mentioned by Henk here (post #9):
    See: http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/sho...craft-identity

    Harold James ROBINSON (R/66338) - his R.C.A.F. Service File records that he was killed in Hurricane IIc Z3050, which crashed at Almondsbury at approximately 4.35 p.m. It was seen to dive out of cloud at around 1500 feet which it continued until it hit the ground. It was thought he lost control while flying on cloud at 10,000 feet.

    Noel Patrick JULIAN (R/81021) and
    Lloyd Duncan KIPPAN (R/79579)
    Julian's R.C.A.F. Service File records that he was killed in Spitfire X4841 of 58 O.T.U. which crashed into Spitfire X4851 whilst taking off at Grangemouth.
    Kippan's Service File records that he was in X4851, and that he died the day after in the Station Sick Quarters, Polmont.
    Julian's R.C.A.F. Service File records that Julian was landing, but Kippan's file however states that Julian was taking off and Kippan taxied into his path. The direction of take off and landing had just been changed afew minutes prior to the accident.
    See also: http://aircrewremembered.com/kippan-lloyd.html but note it has the serials transposed.

    Henry Joseph Albert CLARE (1176462) - a family tree on ancestry.co.uk records that he died at 20th Combined General Hospital, Taiping, China, but there is no source for this. He doesn't have a unit recorded on the R.A.F. Deaths Overseas list.

    Ronald Boswell BIRTLES D.F.M. (748413) - the 118 Sqn ORB records that he was flying Spitfire AB977 in a 'Squadron climb' to 30,000 feet when it suddenly dived out of control from 24,000 feet and crashed at Shrewton.
    His D.F.M. was an immediate award, gazetted on November 23rd 1941. On November 15th while returning from Quibou, he flew with one hand only and with his other hand managed to drop his dinghy to a Sgt. Alexander who had been shot down near the St. Marcouf Islands. When he returned to base he had three gallons of fuel left. Ref: Air 2/8463.

    Charles Alexander Peter CHRISTIE (43095) - the 140 Sqn ORB records that he was killed in Spitfire R7142, which crashed near Corfe Castle.

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