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    Default The Unaccounted Airmen and Airwomen Thread series - Conclusion

    A big congratulations to Alex Smart for wrapping up the unfinished work of posting the Unaccounted airmen threads that the late Henk Welting had started. Thank you Alex for all the work.

    1. The complete list of the Unaccounted threads by year is available at http://www.rafcommands.com/henk-welt...-thread-index/


    I decided to pull some stats from the forum to see what this work had entailed.

    The initial threads were posted on the old forum - starting Feb 1940, the threads can be found on this vbulletin software.

    The first thread was started on 8 January 2007, and the last thread was started on 18 October 2019.
    -It is 4667 days from the start date to the end date, end date included.
    -Or 12 years, 9 months, 11 days including the end date.




    There have been 2862 threads
    There have been 18431 posts in these threads
    342 users have contributed to these threads.


    The top 30 posters on these threads along with the numbers..


    Henk Welting 4213
    wwrsimon 1907
    malcolm_raf 1769
    Alex Smart 1650
    dennis_burke 1440
    COL BRUGGY 1134
    Dick 1009
    paulmcmillan 756
    Ross_McNeill 619
    alclark 490
    Martyn A Critchlow 473
    davew 324
    CZ_RAF 193
    thorne83 186
    Jagan 181
    Amrit 166
    Rich Allenby 163
    AlanW 146
    alieneyes 135
    Resmoroh 127
    Bill Walker 111
    Theletterwriter 111
    phill jones 98
    John Larder 96
    Lyffe 87
    AL90 75
    Ken MacLean 72
    Marks 63
    Andy Ingham 52
    JohnE 49


    The numbers are approximate but are probably 99% as close to accurate. And do not include the older archive.
    Big thanks to all - especially the top posters here.
    Last edited by Jagan; 19th October 2019 at 19:46.

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    Well done and congratulations to all those who have contributed. A shame that Henk isn't here to see the results - perhaps he's smiling down from on high!

    Errol

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    Hello Jagan
    Wow, so many !

    I have always been puzzled why Henk had not started with an earlier date ? His database began with IIRC late1938. Was it because he had solved the earlier "unaccounted" that he only started in the later February 1940 date ?

    Alex

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    Very proud to read the above, imagine if I hadn't gone and gotten hitched in 2013 - come to think of it, the late nights I was putting in , I wonder where I got the time to find a lady so tolerant.

    The posts are there to be added to at all times, even two nights ago we found a date of death that was two years out. I'm about three years behind in checking things.

    So many little stories of lives lost have stayed in my mind, the WAAF killed by the plate she was cycling with, the airman who had a heart attack helping firemen putting out a haystack fire leaving a young family, the training accidents, the ones for whom life became to much.

    Thanks to a great bunch of folks, big thanks to Alex, I'm very glad to see him getting his due thanks for this, and Henk for getting me hooked.
    Dennis Burke
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex Smart View Post
    Hello Jagan
    Was it because he had solved the earlier "unaccounted" that he only started in the later February 1940 date ?
    Hi Alex, the threads prior to Feb 1940 got caught in the old forum software and the spam trouble ... we can find those threads in the archive - as linked from this page they start from September 1939

    the only surprise for me was there were some post Feb 1940 threads in the old forum archive.. and i think he may have started them in advance...

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    Thanks Jagan, will take a look. Maybe could begin with January ?
    Ah I see , this was new to me, although I do seem to recall a similar list sent to me years ago, now lost somewhere in the computers mind.
    Another great list that is I expect mostly unknown to most members these days.
    Needs reawakening .
    Henk's 1939 list starts 3rd Sept with three names.There are six in CWGC.
    Alex
    Last edited by Alex Smart; 21st October 2019 at 01:02.

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    I am very proud to be a part of this bunch and to be able to contribute by few bits and pieces.
    Well done everyone!

    Pavel
    Czechoslovak Airmen in the RAF 1940-1945
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    Alex,

    I was mistaken a bit.. the threads on this forum software start on June 10th, 1940.. so roughly about 9 months were on the older forum. That being said there are not many "Unaccounted" left from Sept 1939 till June 1940.

    Year Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    1939 4 3 5 6
    1940 22 19 9 20 29 12

    We could use the 1939-Unaccounted-Airmen-Database-Reconciliation or the 1940-Unaccounted-Airmen-Database-Reconciliation threads to wrap up the names that are not covered.

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