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    470905 - Unaccounted Airmen- 05-09-1947

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    SOUTH AFRICA
    WILKINSON, Arthur J. - F/Sgt - 47656 - SAAF.
    Margate Cemetery, Kwazulu Natal, South Africa.

    UK
    STOKER, Wilfred - LAC - 1698950 - RAFVR.
    Brandon ( St. John ) Church Cemetery, Durham.

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    AUSTRALIA
    POWELL, Tom - Cpl - 22502 - RAAF.
    Sydney War Cemetery, New South Wales, Australia.

    CANADA
    CARLIN, Gerald Joseph - Sgt - R/257512 - RCAF.
    Buckingham ( St. Gregory ) Roman Catholic Cemetery, Quebec, Canada.

    GERMANY
    BRIERLEY, James - Cpl - 3078684 - RAFVR.
    Hamburg Cemetery, Hamburg, Germany.

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    CANADA
    CARLIN, Gerald Joseph - Sgt - R/257512 - RCAF.
    Buckingham ( St. Gregory ) Roman Catholic Cemetery, Quebec, Canada.

    Post-discharge death, 14. 3. 45 discharged from the RCAF, no death reason given in his service record.

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    Czechoslovak Airmen in the RAF 1940-1945
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    UK
    STOKER, Wilfred - LAC - 1698950 - the National Probate Calendar reords that he died at Dryburn Emergency Hospital, Durham.

    GERMANY
    BRIERLEY, James - Cpl - 3078684 - B.A.F.O. Police Unit. The Manchester Evening News of September 12th 1947 carried the following announcement:

    ROLL OF HONOUR
    BRIERLEY - On Sept. 5, 1947, in Germany, Cpl. JAMES BRIERLEY (R.A.F. Police), aged 22 years, of 603, Huddersfield Road, Oldham, died of gunshot wounds. Sadly missed by his broken-hearted fiancee Eunice.


    See also SUTTON:

    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/sho...men-01-09-1947

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    Simon
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    GERMANY
    BRIERLEY, James - Cpl - 3078684 - B.A.F.O. Police Unit. The Manchester Evening News of September 12th 1947 carried the following announcement:

    ROLL OF HONOUR
    BRIERLEY - On Sept. 5, 1947, in Germany, Cpl. JAMES BRIERLEY (R.A.F. Police), aged 22 years, of 603, Huddersfield Road, Oldham, died of gunshot wounds. Sadly missed by his broken-hearted fiancee Eunice.

    Published by Steve Davies, RAF Police Historian.

    On the 5 September 1947, tragedy occurred in the domestic accommodation used by personnel serving with No 104 RAF Police Flight in Seirich Strasse Hamburg. Shortly after 0200 hours the RAF Police NCO (Possibly Corporal Morgan or Corporal Maynard) working in the police duty room suddenly heard a shot ring out nearby. Upon investigation, he discovered that Corporal J Brierley, a RAF Police NCO in his mid twenties, had been shot in the head with a revolver and fatally injured. It seemed that he had been shot by a colleague, Corporal Hunt, and that both parties were the worse for drink and had been fooling around shortly before the gun went off. An ambulance was called and although Corporal Brierley was rushed to the No 94 British Military Hospital he died soon after.

    Flight Lieutenant E J Squires, the officer commanding No 104 RAF Police Flight was called out and shortly after, the RAF SIB under the command of Squadron Leader W Cannon, started an investigation into the matter (one of the investigators was believed to be Sergeant White). Eventually, Corporal Hunt was placed in ‘open arrest’ and charged with causing his colleagues death. Corporal S G Williams, who at the age of twenty, had arrived in Hamburg shortly after Corporal Brierley's death, acted as the escort for Corporal Hunt prior to and during his trial.

    Corporal Williams recalled that the courts-martial was held in a large corrugated hut at RAF Ueterson near Hamburg and that throughout the hearing Corporal Hunt was defended by Mister Rees-Davies; a one armed barrister brought over from the UK. Additionally, a number of witnesses had been recalled to Hamburg from the UK to give their testimony and the expert evidence of a German Police ballistics expert was obtained. During the trial the prosecution alleged that the two men had been drinking heavily during the evening in the Airman’s bar and were the worst for it when they went upstairs to their barrack accommodation. The prosecution alleged that an argument ensued during which Hunt shot Brierley in the head from some distance, at least from across a bed space. However, gun powder burns on Brierley's scalp at the entry wound indicated that the revolver had been discharged right up against Brierley's head. As such, the barrister argued that Brierley had in fact shot himself. Seemingly, the game Russian Roulette was a common pastime amongst some service personnel, and Mister Rees-Davies may have convinced the court that what happened that night was a tragic accident which had occurred during a stupid and dangerous game of nerve and that Hunt had not been holding the revolver when it went off.

    At the end of the courts-martial the prosecution had failed to prove beyond all reasonable doubt that Hunt had shot Brierley and as such, he was found not guilty as charged, cleared of causing the death of his colleague and returned to police duties in Hamburg. Corporal Brierley was later buried by his colleagues with full military honours at the British military cemetery in Hamburg.

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