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Thread: LAC James Andrew Johnston 981988 killed 17/9/42.

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    Peter/Simon/Dennis,

    Many thanks for your information, I have passed it on. Dennis someone suggested that he may have suffered TB as his parents were told not to open his coffin when it arrived for burial.

    Cheers,

    John.

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    There are a couple of additional announcements concerning this airman's death in period papers. Both of them clearly state that he was 'killed' on active service. This suggests that his cause of death was more violent than that of an illness. A violent death may also explain why the family were not recommended to open the coffin. This is also reinforced at the following:

    https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/...ndrew-johnston

    "James died as a result of a training accident at RAF Leconfield"
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    In fond memory of Corporal James Oakland AGC (RMP), killed in action in Afghanistan on 22 October 2009. Exemplo Ducemus.

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    It wouldn't be the first interment of an incomplete body with the weight made up to approx the right amount. Been a pall-bearer at one of those as a NSA!
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    A note on the terminology,

    An LAC (u/t) who was killed in an aircraft crash we in most cases find listed in the official communiques as 'Killed on active service' KOAS

    An LAC ground trade man who might have walked into a spinning propeller is typically found to be listed in the official communiques as 'Died on active service' DOAS

    This is based on our many years of reviewing the Casualty Communiques.
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    Hi Dennis, Peter and Jonny,

    Thanks for the additional information which Iíll pass on to the team in the UK to pass on to his relatives.

    Cheers,

    John.

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