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    More Zimbabwe - TIP have to search for these mostly on First Name

    Private ANIFA (342) 1943-04-03 Zimbabwe Harare (Pioneer) Cemetery
    https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61...A1%3AQVBQ-4N5X

    There is a Anifa Private No 26, Pioneer Section RAAC who was based at Bevedere Air Station, Salisbury who died
    5th April 1943 at Salisbury Hospital of Gangrene of Leg, Toxic myocarditism Hypostatic Pneumonia - which he had for
    3 months - I cannot finf another Anifa on CWGC



    Labourer MSOSA (741) 1943-06-15 Zimbabwe Harare (Pioneer) Cemetery
    M'Sosa Death 15 Jun 1943 Salisbury, Zimbabwe Male
    https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61...374&cc=1838530
    M'SOSA RC 77909
    Based Cranborne RAAC Compound Salisbury
    Acute lobar Pneumonia
    Illness 2 days


    Askari NYAMBE (1409) 1943-08-21 Zimbabwe Bulawayo (Lady Stanley Avenue)
    Nyambe Death 21 Aug 1943 Bulawayo, Zimbabwe Male
    Based Ndubna Air Station
    Pneumonia, Onyalai
    Illness 10 days

    Private RUSERE (284) 1943-10-04 Zimbabwe Harare (Pioneer) Cemetery
    Rusere Death 04 Oct 1943 Salisbury, Zimbabwe Male 25
    https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61...625&cc=1838530
    Reg No 284
    Died RAAC Depot Salisbury
    Pneumonia, Lobar
    4 days illness


    Labourer SIKOTSHI (2225) 1943-11-06 Zimbabwe Bulawayo (Lady Stanley Avenue)
    Sikotshi Death 04 Nov 1943 Bulawayo, Zimbabwe Male
    Note Date of Death Different
    Based Heany Air Station, Heany
    Carcinoma of right testicle

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    On to the next batch of R.A.A.F. casualties.

    A quick note first for those using the naa.gov.au website which may be useful to some researching R.A.A.F records. I've found the naa.gov.au website to be loading very slowly, but Fold3.com has some of the R.A.A.F. personnel records and runs much, much quicker.

    Corporal Charles John MUSTON (10037) - his digitised A705 form records that he died while being held as a P.o.W. by the Japanese at 55 Kilo Camp, Burma, due to dysentery and malnutrition. The details were reported by a repatriated prisoner.

    Warrant Officer Edgar SOUTH (401054) - his digitised A9301 form records that he died
    while being held as a P.o.W. by the Japanese. Fold3.com records that he died due to cholera.

    See also: https://www.1wags.org.au/memorial-ro...lay/993-south/

    Leading Aircraftman Alan Frederick ALLSOPP (34636) - his digitised A9301 form records that he died
    due to cholera while being held as a P.o.W. by the Japanese in Thailand.

    Flying Officer William John WARD (401003) - his digisted A705 from records that he was killed in Kittyhawk A29-143.

    From http://www.adf-serials.com.au/2a29b.htm

    ...on 8/8/43 it crashed at Turnbull airstrip, Milne Bay NG killing F/O William John Ward (401003) when he attempted to complete an upward roll at low altitude and slow speed and did manage to do the roll but the a/c spun out and dove into the ground vertically.

    Flight Lieutenant Harold Edgar HAYTER (257620) - his digitised A9300 form records that he died at British Military Hospital Bombay, due to illness.

    Squadron Leader Daryl Maxwell SPROULE D.F.C. (250641) - his digitised A9300 file records that he was posted missing on air ops on August 2nd 1943, and was killed while a prisoner of the Japanese. His A705 file records that he was in Kittyhawk A29-201.

    From http://www.adf-serials.com.au/2a29c.htm

    ...on 2/8/43 it was one of 18 P-40s escorting Beaufighters and Bostons to attack Gasmata airfield and on the returning from there they attacked barges and this a/c was believed hit from shrapnel by his own bombs and crash landed on the beach with F/L Daryl Maxwell Sproule (250641) being taken prisoner and was executed while a POW sometime around 16/8/43 (the exact date is unknown); on 1/8/43 F/L Sproule had been appointed CO of 77 Sqn.

    See also: https://www.pacificwrecks.com/aircra...0/A29-201.html

    Leading Aircraftman Christopher Cyril HILES (37672) - his digitised A9301 form includes the minutes from a Court of Inquiry which records that he died at Kiriwana, Trobriand Island, N.G. due to injuries sustained when the D.6 bulldozer he was operating overturned and the cable bar struck him around the head and neck. There was no suggestion that the accident was caused by any negligence on his part, but perhaps a small error of judgement.

    Corporal Henry Edward CONWAY (43081)
    Leading Aircraftman Harold Edward STOCKER (75207)
    Leading Aircraftman John Brough TARRANT (51601)

    Tarrant's digisted A705 from records that they were killed in a flying accident on a non-operational flight. They were travelling in 'a Douglas transport' which was seen to crash in the vicinity of Wau at approximately 10.25 hours.

    A bit of Googling found that they were passengers in C-47A 42-23698 of the 46th T.C.S.

    See: https://www.pacificwrecks.com/aircra.../42-23698.html

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    Simon

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    Jagan


    Correction

    Cadet Sergeant Andreas DIMAKOPOULOS () Forum Post Ext Link 1943-02-26 Zimbabwe Harare (Pioneer) CemeteryRef : 1939/45 Eur. War Graves Plot. Grave 90.

    Has NOT Been identified You have him mixed up with

    Pilot Officer Georgios DIMAKOPOULOS () Forum Post Ext Link 1943-06-27 Zimbabwe Bulawayo (Athlone) Cemetery

    who has

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    2 more Zimbabwe



    Labourer SAINETT (5934) 1943-12-25 Air Askari Corps Zimbabwe
    https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61...A1%3AQVBQ-4FPP
    Bulawayo (Lady Stanley Avenue)
    Semetl Death 25 Dec 1943 Bulawayo, Zimbabwe Male
    Askari No 302
    Residence Tumalo Air Station, Bulawayo
    Death Onyalai
    Burial: Native Cemetery, Bulawayo
    Assume Same person based on Date of Death, Askari and name similarities



    Labourer MKUHLANE (2522) 1943-12-31 Air Askari Corps Zimbabwe Bulawayo (Lady Stanley Avenue)
    Mkublane Death 30 Dec 1943 Bulawayo, Zimbabwe Male
    https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61...A1%3AQVBQ-4JDM
    Occupation Askari
    Residence Heany Air Station
    Cause Vavular Disease of Heart

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    The Rhodesian Air Askari Corps details are encouraging - A slight glimmer of hope for other local forces like the Iraqi Levies (135), West African Air Corps (28) and the Indian Non Combatants / Enrolled Follwers (295) entries that probably have a record somewhere!
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    Back with another 10 R.A.A.F. casualties:

    Flight Sergeant Philip Neville BUTLER (410449)
    Flight LieutenantWilliam Eldridge WILLARD (472)
    Butler's A.705 file is undigitised, but the entry records that he was killed in Beaufighter A19-119, and the ADF Serials website has:

    22/05/43 31 Sqn. Code EH-W (Photo Pentland p.95).
    29/08/43 Part of a 6 Beaufighter strike on the Japanese seaplane base at Taberfane Aru Islands during which 1 Pete and 2 Rufes were destroyed. A19-119 was last seen 4 miles west of Erersin at tree top level with 2 Rufes on its tail.
    Crew: Pilot FLTLT W.E. Willard & Nav SGT P.N. Butler were killed.


    Flight Sergeant James Frederick ALLEN (405616) - neither his A705 nor his A9300 file have been digitised, but his entry on the AWM website reocrds cause of death as 'Accidental (Ground Accident)'

    See: https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/R1705403

    Storr has:
    On the 1st September 1943, Flt Sgt Allen a Navigator Bomb Aimer, and Flt Sgt Stodart left the Air Transit Pool camp at Poons at 1730 hours and cycled into town. They went straight to the Capitol Cinema for an 1830 session and came out about 2030. hours. They then went to a Chinese restaurant where they met Flt Sgt Harmshaw. All had dinner together and at 2100 hours proceeded to ride back to the camp. Allen and Stodart had torches and Harmshaw had a bicycle lamp. Stodsart was in front, Harmshaw behind and Allen was last.
    After travelling for some distance a car was observed approaching near the centre of the road without lights. Stodart swerved over to the extreme left of the road and was followed by Harmshaw. Neither saw what happened, but Harmshaw felt a bump from the front wheel of Allens bike, and then heard the bike fall. He heard a dull thus and immediately stopped. He looked back and saw Allen’s bike lying 3 to 4 yards from the left side of the road and about a yard from the centre of the road Allen was lying in the middle of the road about 4 to 5 yards from the bike and was bleeding badly from the nose and the mouth and was breathing with difficulty. He died shortly after before a Medical Officer arrived a little later about 2100 hours The Medical Officer said the injuries were consistent with a direct impact.

    Warrant Officer Hubert John UNDERWOOD (407306) - neither his A705 nor his A9300 file have been digitised, but WO 361 on fold3.com records that he died due to beriberi while held as a P.o.W. by the Japanese in Thailand.

    Leading Aircraftman Cecil Clifford WRIGHT (20624) - neither his A705 nor his A9300 file have been digitised.

    Pilot Officer Douglas Graham McDIARMED (400562) - his digitised A9300 records that he died due to injuries sustained on air operations, but does not record anything further. His A705 itself does not record the cause of death, but the file refers to Catalina A24-67. The Accident Card for A24-67 under A9845 on the naa.gov.au revords the crew as follows:
    S/Ldr S. G. Stilling D.F.C. - Captain
    F/Lt. J. R. Hyde (260445) - Pilot
    P/O N. F. Dwyer (402648) - Navigator
    F/Lt. J. M. Barnes (J5310) R.C.A.F. - Navigator
    P/O D. G. McDiarmed (400562) - WOp/AG
    F/O R. F. Dickinson (411876) - WOp/AG
    34362 A/Sgt. Thomson F. H. - IIE A.G.
    15916 Sgt. McMahon T. S. - IIE A.G.
    40274 Cpl. Carnell S. J. - Arm. AG
    L/Cdr Carr R.A.N., R.A.A.F. Command [Palgrave Ebden Carr]
    Aircraft missing from Darwin on operations to seaward. Left 06.44 on opertional mission CAI-42.

    The A705 file of Cpl. Carnell includes a report that news was received via a Japanese broadcast that some members of the crew had been taken prisoner, and the I.R.C. in Tokyo later confirmed Lt/ Cdr. Carr as a P.o.W.

    McDairmed is recorded as dying while being held as a P.o.W. by the Japanese on the AWM website: https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/R1720777

    From their respective dates on the CWGC, it would appear that Carr and McDiarmed were the only survivors of the crash. Carr survived his imprisonment and died in 1990. He was awarded the D.F.C., gazetted January 29th 1946, for 'courage and devotion to duty in flying operations in the Far Eastern Theatre of War from April to October 1943.'

    Flying Officer James Bell KNIGHT (19067) - A705 file is undigitised, but the entry records that he was killed in Boston A28-21, but this should be A28-26.

    Confusingly the A9845 Boston file on the naa.gov.au website has entries for both A28-21 and A28-26 listing the same accident, but the Aircraft Accident Data card confirms A28-26. It records that the aircraft ran off the strip at Vivigani, overturned and caught fire and the bombs exploded after the nose wheel tyre blew out while taking off for test flight for bombing equipment. F/O J. B. Knight killed, 420078 F/Sgt K. G. Thompson suffered severe shock and 13731 LAC R. F. McGlade slightly injured.

    The adf-serials.com website has:

    Delivered 09/43. Served with 22 Sqn.
    This a/c crashed on take-off for a bombing practice on 12/10/43.
    The crew were killed as the 100lb practice bombs exploded in the a/c.


    Warrant Officer Hugh George MURRAY (411226) - see: http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/sho...5863#post45863

    Leading Aircraftman William James BEER (78642) - neither his A705 nor his A9300 file have been digitised, but his entry on the AWM website records that he died in New Guinea due to 'illness.'

    See: https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/R1705190

    Leading Aircraftman Hugh Archibald LINTON (77584) - his digitised A9301 file records that he died due to injuries sustained at Nadzab, New Guinea at approximately 05.40 on October 26th 1943, while attempting to light [relight?] a fire using sodden wood with the aid of some benzine. The flames caught the airman's clothing and he suffered serious burns, which resulted in his death on October 28th. It was thought he may have either mistaken the benzine for kerosene, or simply used too much, or the fire was not fully out when the benzine was applied.

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    Hello again

    The last of the R.A.A.F. casualties:

    Leading Aircraftman Cecil Clifford WRIGHT (20624) - his entry on the AAWM website records that his cause of death was 'Ground Battle' and his unit as 4 Squadron.

    Sergeant Leonard Alfred EASTHER (429801) - his digitised A9301 records that he was killed in Anson I 6269 of No. 2 Air Observers School, which crashed 3 miles NE of Cooking Lake Airport, Alberta, Canada. Also killed in the same crash was 432249 LAC L.W. Oakes, R.A.A.F.

    Leading Aircraftman Stanley Thomas JENNINGS (41448) - neither his A705 nor his A9300 file have been digitised.but his entry on the AWM records that his death was 'Accidental (Ground Accident)' and records his unit as 9th Mobile Fighter Sector, Dobodura.

    Leading Aircraftman Arnold Eugene RUDDER (24971) - neither his A705 nor his A9300 file have been digitised, but his entry on the AWM records that his death was 'Accidental (Ground Accident)' and records his unit as 15 Aircraft Repair Depot, Port Moresby.

    Sergeant Douglas Anzac POWELL (426798) - ADM 104 records that he died at H.M.S. Glendower [Pwhelli] due to pneumonia and empyema.

    Aircraftman 1st Class Thomas Raymond PATIENCE (81984) - neither his A705 nor his A9300 file have been digitised.but his entry on the AWM records that his death was 'Accidental (Ground Accident)' and records his unit as 2 Mobile Works Squadron, Port Moresby.

    Corporal Bernard Patrick RAFTERY (33032) - neither his A705 nor his A9300 file have been digitised.but his entry on the AWM records that his death was due to illness and records his unit as 4 Squadron.

    Flight Sergeant George James TALBOT (414099) - his digitised A9301 records that he died due to natural causes 9sub-arachnoid haemorrage0. He had been seriously injured in Beaufighter JL517 which crashed on April 12th 1943 after suffering port engine failure at 32 35'N, 13 65'E.

    See: http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/sho...0-(M-E-)-A-C-D

    Corporal Cecil John STRATTEN (21203) - neither his A705 nor his A9300 file have been digitised.but his entry on the AWM records that his death was due to illness and records his unit as 79 Squadron.

    Sergeant Leonard BUSWELL (427677) - his digitised A9301 records that he died due to lobar pneumonia at the 16th Canadian General Hospital, Marsden Green, Birmingham, UK.

    Flying Officer Alexander Gordon ADDISON (400685) - his digitised A705 records that he died due to injuries sustained in an accident involving Wellington DF703 of 3 A.D.U. The Accident Report states that he was the pilot of the Wellington which suffered brake failure after landing at Oudna at 16.00 hours, and it taxied off the runway onto the taxying track. Whilst it was travelling at approximately 15 m.p.h, the aircraft's W/Op saw Addison jump from the aircraft, suffering serious injuries in the process. He was admitted to 97 General Hospital but was found to be dead on arrival there.

    Flying Officer Frederick Clifford BOYCE (410941) - his digitised A9301 and A705 record that he killed in Kittyhawk AK885 which crashed after failing to recover from a spin at approximately 10.30 hours during an air firing exercise north of the bombing range at Abu Sueir.

    Leading Aircraftman Milton John CORNISH (8166) - WO361 records that he died due to malaria while being held as a P.o.W. by the Japanese. His undigitised A705 file records him as being held at 105 Kilo Camp.

    Sergeant John Leo SALTER (5009) - WO361 records that he died due to dysentery while being held as a P.o.W. by the Japanese.

    Regards

    Simon
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    Back with some more the casualties in Canada:

    Flight Lieutenant Alan BLYTH (43183) - the Province of Ontario Certificate of Registration of Death records that he died at Christie Street Hospital, Toronoto, due to sub-acute bacterial endocarditis with myocarditis. His unit is recorded as 31 S.F.T.S.

    Pilot Officer Anthony Guy MOLE (128896) - the entry in the Canada War Graves Register (Circumstances of Casualty) database records that he was killed in a mid-air collision at Cocjrane Field, Macon, Georgia while acting as a flying instructor to USAAF students.

    From The Missoulian of January 15th 1943 on newspapers.com:

    THREE FLYERS KILLED. Macon, Ga., Jan. 14. (JP) Three flyers attached to the Cochran Field Army Air Force basic flying school were killed yesterday in a two-plane crash. The dead are: Pilot Officer Anthony G. Mole, of Bristol, England. Aviation Cadet Roy F. Scott, Seattle, Wash. Aviation Cadet William Sharlog, Chicago, Ill. The men were on a routine flight.


    The two aircraft involved were BT-13A 41-11257 and 41-21168.

    Leading Aircraftman Robert LAWTHER (1532123) - the entry in the Canada War Graves Register (Circumstances of Casualty) database records that he was killed in a flying accident whilst undergoing training to be an R.A.F. pilot. He was serving with 4 B.F.T.S. at Mesa, Arizona. The Arizona Republic newspaper of January 21st 1943 reported that he was killed along with his instructor Robert Cameron Hamilton of Minneapolis in a mid-air collision.

    Leading Aircraftman Alan Reginald LANGSTON (1394651) - the entry in the Canada War Graves Register (Circumstances of Casualty) database records that he was killed in a night flying accident whilst undergoing training to be an R.A.F. pilot. He was serving with 1 B.F.T.S. at Terrl, Texas.
    The book 'The Royal Air Force in Texas: Training British Pilots in Terrell during World War II' by Tom Killebrew relates that he landed at Terrell and inadvertently taxied into a stock tank dating from the airfield's previous agricultrual use, the aircraft overturned and he was drowned before help could arrive.

    Leading Aircraftman Felix QUINN (1048314) - the entry in the Canada War Graves Register (Circumstances of Casualty) database records that he was killed in a flying accident whilst undergoing training to be an R.A.F. pilot. He was at the Gunnery School, Auxiliary Filed no.23, Eglin, Florida. He was killed in ground collision in AT-6A 41-279
    See: https://www.aviationarchaeology.com/...y/Feb1943S.htm

    Flying Officer Joshua JOHNSTON (125526) - the entry in the Canada War Graves Register (Circumstances of Casualty) database records that he was killed in a flying accident. He was serving with the Advanced Flying School, Napier, Alabama, and was killed in AT-6C 41-32245.
    See: https://www.aviationarchaeology.com/...y/mar1943S.htm

    Leading Aircraftman Horace Raymond John PARTOON (1323413) - the entry in the Canada War Graves Register (Circumstances of Casualty) database records that he was killed in a flying accident whilst undergoing training to be an R.A.F. pilot. He was serving with 4 B.F.T.S. at Mesa, Arizona. The Arizona Republic newspaper of March 10th 1943 reported that his plane crashed near Four Peaks, Arizona.

    Pilot Officer John Reid POWELL (133385) - the entry in the Canada War Graves Register (Circumstances of Casualty) database records that he died at the Station Hospital at Moore Field, Texas, due to injuries sustianed in a flying accident.
    AT-6C 41-32692 of 506 S.E.F.T.S., crashed Moore Field, Texas.
    See: https://www.aviationarchaeology.com/...y/mar1943S.htm

    Corporal Albert William Given WATSON (966219) - the Province of Ontario Certificae of Registration of Death records that he died of natural causes while serving with 41 S.F.T.S. at Weyburn, Saskatchewan.

    Pilot Officer Ronald John DIXON (150217) - the entry in the Canada War Graves Register (Circumstances of Casualty) database records that he was killed in a flying accident 17 miles east of Randolph Field, Texas, while serving at the Army Air Force Gulf Coast Training Centre, Randolph Field, TX.
    The Lubbock Morning Avalanche (yes, really...) of March 26th 1943 reported:

    TWO FLIERS KILLED SAN ANTONIO, March 25 — Second Lt. Willis L. Jones of Payson, Utah, and Pilot Officer R. J. Dixon of the Royal Air Force, London, were killed in the crash of their training plane near Seguin, Tex., yesterday, Randolph Field authorities announced today. Both men were instructor trainees at Randolph Field.

    AT-6C 42-4205 - see: https://www.aviationarchaeology.com/...y/mar1943S.htm

    Leading Aircraftman Keith Theodore Lydon WADE (1337133) - the National Probate Calendar records that he died at Alexandra Hospital, Montreal.

    Leading Aircraftman Michael Joseph QUINN (538203) - the Province of Ontario Certificate of Registration of Death records that he died due to injuries sustained in an aircraft crash.
    Anson I 7050 - see: http://www.rafcommands.com/archive/11274.php

    Leading Aircraftman George DAVISON (1323845) - the Arizona Republic newspaper of April 13th 1943 reported his funeral, and that he was killed when his plane crashed at Gila Bend on April 8th.

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    Continuing with the USA/Canada/North America casualties:

    Leading Aircraftman William Charles SPEIRS (1561238) - the entry in the Canada War Graves Register (Circumstances of Casualty) database records that he was killed in a flying accident two miles north of Walnut, Kansas, while on a cross-country flight.

    Leading AircraftmanJames Gilliam BUCHANAN (1395301) and
    Leading Aircraftman Robert Brotherton HORN (1545456)

    Both killed in AT-6A 41-16319 - see: http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/sho...441#post104441

    Leading Aircraftman Ronald BATCHELDOR (1632365) - the entry in the Canada War Graves Register (Circumstances of Casualty) database records that he died due to bronchial pneumonia and that he was serving at 31 R.A.F. Depot, Moncton, New Brunswick.

    Leading Aircraftman Reuben Walter CARLIER (1623125) - the entry in the Canada War Graves Register (Circumstances of Casualty) database records that he died due to streptococcal infection and that he was serving at 35 E.F.T.S., Neepaw, Manitoba.

    Pilot Officer George LAMMIE (131063) - killed in BT-13A 41-11127.
    See: https://www.aviationarchaeology.com/...y/Apr1943S.htm

    Leading Aircraftman Cecil Rhys COOPEY (1411053) - the entry in the Canada War Graves Register (Circumstances of Casualty) database records that he died due to natural causes and that he was serving at No. 33 S.F.T.S., Carberry.

    Corporal Frank SHARP (753066) - the entry in the Canada War Graves Register (Circumstances of Casualty) database records that he died due to paratyphoid. He had been admitted to Pricne Edward Island Hospital, Charlottetown, on March 18th 1943, and he died there at 11.30 hours on June 18th 1943. He had been serving with No. 31 G.R.S. at Charlottetown.

    Sergeant Sydney William George HILL (1394594) - the entry in the Canada War Graves Register (Circumstances of Casualty) database records that he died after failing to recover from anaesthetic after undergoing a tonsillectomy at No. 2 B. & G.S., Mossbank. He had been serving at No. 34 E.F.T.S.

    Flying Officer Frank Charles CREED (131072) - the entry in the Canada War Graves Register (Circumstances of Casualty) database records that he was killed in a flying accident at Chilhowee, Tennessee, while serving at the U.S.A.A.F. Advanced Flying School, Valdosta, Georgia.
    AT-9 42-56919 - recorded as Reed, Frank C (RAF) here: https://www.aviationarchaeology.com/...y/Jul1943S.htm

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    A few more of the USA/Canada/North America casualties:

    Leading Aircraftman Owen William PHILLIPS (1653024) - the entry in the Canada War Graves Register (Circumstances of Casualty) database records that he was kiilled in a flying accident at Ponca City, Oklahoma, while training with No. 6 B.F.T.S.

    PT-17A 41-8350 - see: http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/sho...382#post104382

    Leading Aircraftman Michael John SULLIVAN (1652976) - the Province of Ontario Certificate of Registration of Death records that he died due to toxaemia and septicaemia, the result of an intestinal obstruction.

    Flying Officer Angus Bonar EADES (134137) - the Valley Morning Star, Harlingen, TX of August 12th 1943 reported:

    WACO – Flying Officer Angus B. Eades, an R.A.F. instructor, and Marvin T Lamphier of Lake Orio, Mich., an aviation cadet, were killed Tuesday in a plane crash, it was announced Wednesday at Waco Army Field.


    Vultee BT-13A Valiant 41-22043, 468 B.F.T.S., stalled and spun, mile SE Hallsburg, Texas.

    Corporal John Leopold GOMM (940083) - the entry in the Canada War Graves Register (Circumstances of Casualty) database records that he was kiilled in a flying accident while serving with 4 B.F.T.S. No further details.

    Leading Aircraftman John Going VERSTURME-BUNBURY (1809485) - He was killed in a flying accident along with his civlian instructor Willard W. Schendel in a PT-17. From this site, which has a lot more info further down:

    https://www.wartimes.ca/forums/viewtopic.php?t=446

    John Going Versturme-Bunbury, born in Victoria, British Columbia, on 12th August 1918. John served as a student pilot with the RAF, moving to a training school in Arizona in July 1943. On the afternoon of 17 August 1943, J.G. Versturme-Bunbury, Leading Aircraftsman, RAF Volunteer Reserve (Service No: 1809485), was killed when his airplane collided with another plane mid-air over Falcon Field, Mesa City, Maricopa County, Arizona. The coroner's report established that he suffered multiple fractures of the head, arms and legs, causing instant death. His death was not reported in The Times until October 15th 1943. (11) He was buried at Lot 4, Block 528, Grave 4, Mesa City Cemetery. The Debt of Honour register gives his age as 25, and states that he also served in the Merchant Navy and that his parents were living in San Francsico. John's address was given as Apt 2, 1335 Washington Street, San Francisco.

    Leading Aircraftman Gerald Owen George WORRALL (1580817)

    AT-6A 41-16448 - see: http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/sho...382#post104382

    Aircraftman 1st Class John Tulloch MIDDLEMISS (1048875) - died of a heart attack while on leave in Ottawa.

    See: http://www.harvardsabove.ca/state-of...farm-at-no-31/

    Leading Aircraftman Kenneth William COASTER (1803392) - the book "The Royal Air Force in American Skies: The Seven British Flight Schools in the United States During World War II" records that he was killed after his Stearman ran out of fuel on a solo flight. He landed in a field, called Terrell for fuel, and his instructor, M. B. McDonald brought some fuel to enable them to return. However when taking off again the Stearman failed to clear trees at the end of the field and crashed, killing them both.

    Leading Aircraftman John Murray MORSMAN (1801799) - PBY-5 08342.

    See: http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/sho...9106#post89106

    Corporal George Kenneth GRESTY (1040820) - the entry in the Canada War Graves Register (Circumstances of Casualty) database records that he died due to acute ulcerative appendicitis while serving at 32 E.F.T.S., Bowden, Alberta.

    Leading Aircraftman Maurice John LIGHT (1142888) - the entry in the Canada War Graves Register (Circumstances of Casualty) database records that he died due to natural causes while serving at 32 O.T.U. He had reported for duty, seemingly in good health but collapsed a short while later. Despite medical attention he did not recover, and a post-mortem found that his deathw as due to acute cardiac dilation.

    Leading Aircraftman Jack ROBERTSHAW (1549734) - the entry in the Canada War Graves Register (Circumstances of Casualty) database records that he died after being hit by a train while at No. 1 'M' Depot.

    Leading Aircraftman Walter William CHAMBERLAIN (1801444) and
    Corporal Reginald George Henry CLARKE (950784)

    The Arizona Republic newspaper of October 31st 1943 reported that they were both killed in an aircraft crash near Maricopa.

    Leading Aircraftman Arthur Roydon LEWIS (1803547) - the Tuscon Daily citizen of November 2nd 1943 reported the following:

    Royal Air Force Cadet Fatally Hurt In Crash MESA, Nov. 2. The body of Arthur R. Lewis, 21, Royal Air Force cadet in training at nearby Falcon Field, has been buried in the local cemetery, far from his home in Harrow, Middlesex, England, where his father, F. E. Lewis resides. Young Lewis, died Saturday at the U. S. Army hospital at Williams Field from injuries suffered the day before when. his training airplane crashed on the desert seven miles from the field. He had radioed the control tower he was coming in for a routine landing, but the plane did not appear on the run way. Several hours later fellow airmen sighted the wreckage and a ground party took him to the U. S. field.

    Sergeant William CLARKE (528588) - ADM 104 records that he died at U.S.N.A.S. Brunswick, Maine of head injuries sustained in a road accident during the blackout.

    Regards

    Simon

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