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    Default Unaccounted airmen - 18-3-1941

    What caused the death of and/or what were the places of death registration for:

    Sgt (Wop/Ag) Frank G. BLAKE - 812264 - 269 Sqn (Wick, Caithness) - died of wounds or injuries received on active service;AC2 William GRAY - 930741 - not found Flight archives;
    AC2 Johannes P. KRUGER - 778141 - 266 Sqn (Wittering, Northamptonshire) - died of wounds or injuries received on active service;
    P/O (Pilot) James G. STEVENS - 89807 - not found Flight archives;
    LAC (Pilot u/t) James A. SWINBURNE - 1053734 - not found Flight archives, and
    Cpl John D. WHEELER - 149389 - killed on active service.

    Proposed aircraft losses for this day:

    Lysander II - N1311 - 1 SAC - crashed Old Sarum.
    Master I - T8374 - 9 FTS - spun into ground near Babdown Farm (where ever this farm may be !);
    Oxford II - V3643 - 3 FTS - crashed on take-off Bibury.
    Spitfire I - X4603 - 53 OTU - crashed on approach Heston.

    Regards and thanks for your help.
    Henk.

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    Henk, Hi,
    Babdown Farm was, apparently, just that. It was a farm on the south side of the A4135 road 1 km west of the village of Beverstone, near Tetbury, in Gloucestershire. It became an Advanced Flying Unit within 23 Group (Flying Training Command). It had 3 "runways" - all grass - and none longer than 1000 metres. It's about 500ft AMSL and - therefore- likely to have been often in cloud for most of any winter. That should have been sufficient incentive for the Pilots to pass whatever they had to pass and get to hell out of the place!! I have looked at Beverstone on GE. It does not seem to have been a place where the night-life was humming!! Indeed, it does not even seem to have had a decent pub!! One of those places (and we've both been to some!!) where you do what you have to do, and then go somewhere else (quickly)!!!
    Good to see you appearing regularly on the Forum.
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    Peter Davies
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    Frank G. BLAKE He is registered in Scotland but I can't see details due no credits.

    William GRAY There are 8 listed for Q1 and one of those is 30 years old registered in Grimsby. Possible only. There are 23 of this name for 1941 in Scotland.

    Johannes P. KRUGER Theres a 25 year old Johannes (no middle inital listed) for the Stamford district.

    OWEN J. G. STEVENS Age 26 Cirencester district
    James A. SWINBURNE Age 20 Cirencester district

    John D. WHEELER age 40 Greenwich District

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    Henk,

    P/O Owen James Geach Stevens and LAC James Athol SWINBURNE both Killed on Active Service, Times 15 April 1941.

    Cheers, Ken

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    Bidbury is in Cirencester District
    http://www.ukbmd.org.uk/genuki/reg/districts/cirencester.html

    regards

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    Frank Grendell Blake, aged 20, death registered at Wick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by malcolmmacdonald View Post
    Frank Grendell Blake, aged 20, death registered at Wick.

    Regards
    malcolm
    Blake was 269 Sqn, believed to be Coastal Command.
    Known to you Ross ?
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    The death register records that Blake died of injuries resulting from a bomb blast at Wick

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    Thanks Dave for info on Blake; again one deleted from the list.
    Regards,
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    Just to add a bit of info about Sgt Blake, I foudn thsi in the RAF Wick ORB:

    March 17th 1941, “At 1400 hrs an enemy aircraft (JU88) dropped two bombs in the field near Torpedo Store. No damage was done. At 20.37 hours another enemy aircraft dropped four bombs on open ground between Station Headquarters and Sergeants Quarters. Sergeant Blake was killed.”
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