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    Default 1944 Unaccounted Airmen Reconciliation Thread

    This is the 1944 Thread. Starting at an even better position with 93.65% accounted for.. I am assuming we will only be ble to squeeze about another 1 -1.25 percent (~400 records)

    There are 33061 airmen/women recorded in CWGC for 1944

    30963 (93.65%) are accounted for with some details on circumstance of death
    2098 (6.35%) are unaccounted with no cause of death.


    The month wise distribution of Unaccounted:

    Year Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec



    Some Unaccounted Queries by Region:

    Region Unaccounted
    Europe 1087 (4.28%)
    SEAC 418 (19.46%)
    Mediterranean 250 (10.47%)
    Africa - North 187 (22.08%)
    Africa 100 (23.36%)
    Middle East 40 (64.52%)
    Americas 14 (1.81%)
    Pacific 2 (0.20%)


    Top Countries
    Region Unaccounted
    United Kingdom 947 (8.50%)
    India 294 (47.88%)
    Italy 149 (12.46%)
    Egypt 138 (19.91%)
    France 69 (1.47%)
    Israel and Palestine (including Gaza) 56 (50.45%)
    Belgium 39 (3.19%)
    Zimbabwe 36 (34.95%)
    Singapore 31 (3.49%)

    Top Forces

    Force Total Casualties Unaccounted
    Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 19225 1422 (7.40%)
    Royal Air Force 1780 252 (14.16%)
    Royal Indian Air Force 241 169 (70.12%)
    Women's Auxiliary Air Force 168 80 (47.62%)
    South African Air Force 824 47 (5.70%)
    R.A.F. Iraq Levies 32 29 (90.63%)
    Royal Air Force (Auxiliary Air Force) 78 28 (35.90%)
    Rhodesia Air Askari Corps 28 26 (92.86%)
    Polish Air Force 325 21 (6.46%)


    Runnymede returns
    11 records Unaccounted
    Last edited by Jagan; 6th June 2020 at 01:50. Reason: Queries have been fixed

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    Default Re: 1944 Unaccounted Airmen Reconciliation Thread

    I'll start with some of the Americas casualties:

    Squadron Leader Donald JEREMIAH (40395) - the Western Mail of January 17th 1944 reported that he died of fever in Nassau in the Bahamas.

    Leading Aircraftman David Thomas RUSTAGE (1481251) - ADM 104 records that he died at Great Sound, Bermuda, due to drowning.

    Leading Aircraftman Robin Arthur Percivall POTT (1605291) - the Andrews Newspaper Index on ancestry.co.uk has an entry for him, which records that he died at Carberry, Manitoba, due to pneumonia.

    Flight Lieutenant Andrew William FRASER - a family tree on ancestry.co.uk records that he had been ill for a year, and died of peritoneal carcinomatosis and carcinoma of lymph nodes and cheek.

    Aircraftman 1st Class Glyn HARRIES (1315784) - from https://www.wwwmp.co.uk/glamorgan-me...-ww2-memorial/

    Glyn Harries, Aircraftman 1st Class, 1315784, Royal Air Force. Glyn was the son of Thomas and Katherine Harries, of Pontarddulais, and the husband of Reta P. Harries, of Guelph, Canada, who he had met and married while serving in Canada. He enlisted into the Royal Air Force, and was sent to Canada to train with the Empire Air Training Scheme. Glyn was killed when his plane crashed* in Canada on 6 March 1944. He was 22 years old, and is buried at Guelph (Woodlawn) Cemetery, Canada.

    *HOWEVER: see posts 4, 5 and 6 below from Dennis and Malcolm.

    Leading Aircraftman Dewi Wyn WILLIAMS (1530117) - the Canada War Graves Register (Circumstances of Casualty) records that he died of natural causes at Toronto.

    Flight Sergeant Aled WILLIAMS (1681115) - the Canada War Graves Register (Circumstances of Casualty) records that he drowned in a boating accident at Dorval.

    Aircraftman 1st Class Sydney DESMOND (1154956) - the Canada War Graves Register (Circumstances of Casualty) records that he died due to pulomnary TB.

    Leading AircraftmanJames POLLOCK (1890535) - a family tree on ancestry.co.uk records his name as James Santiago Pollock, born Buenios Aires, Argentina, but died at Stoke Mandeville.

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    Default Re: 1944 Unaccounted Airmen Reconciliation Thread

    And on to the Poles, courtesy of the Polish Heritage Society. First batch:

    Kapral Stefan KACZMAREK (P/782195) - he died when the tractor he was driving across the runway at Predannack was struck by a taxying aircraft.

    Szeregowiec Jozef MISIEJUK (P/783917) - died at Edinburgh Hospital, no further details. However the Statutory Deaths Register on the Scotland's People website has some more detail, and it records that he died at the Paderewski Hospital due to atrophia hepatis acuta flava [acute liver failure], from which he had been suffering for 15 days.

    Starszy Szeregowiec-Podchorazy Walenty GRABSKI - no details, but the National Probate Calendar records that he died at Gallowhill Hospital, near Morpeth.

    Starszy Sierzant Jozef WOASEWICZ - should this be 782784 Josef WOLASEWICZ, killed in an air raid on Faldingworth on March 4th, not 14th?

    https://listakrzystka.pl/en/wolasewicz-jozef/

    Podpulknownik Bohdan KLECZYNSKI (P/0054) - the PHS has a very detailed entry for him:

    Born in Kiev. - In June 1919 he joined the Polish Army, served in the 5th Uhlan Regiment. After graduating from the Officer Infantry School in 1923, he was promoted to officer. He served successively in the 12th and 61st Infantry Regiments. In the years 1925–26 he attended a pilot course at the Pilot School in Bydgoszcz. After completing the course, he remained at school and served as a pilot instructor and lecturer. In the years 1931–1933 he studied at the Higher Military School in Warsaw. In November 1935 he became a platoon commander in the 53rd squadron accompanying 5 PL in Lida. In 1936 he was directed to study at the Ecole Superieure de Guere in Paris. He graduated in August 1938. After returning to Poland, he became a lecturer at the College of War in Warsaw. In September 1939, he was an operational officer in the army staff of the Modlin Army - on October 24, 1939, after escaping from German captivity, he crossed the Polish-Slovak border. Through Hungary he went to France, from where he was evacuated to Great Britain. After training on equipment British served in 305 Sqn of the "Wielkopolska Region" performing a combat tour. He commanded this squadron from April 4 to August 9, 1941. Due to poor health, he was transferred to the Air Force Inspectorate. On February 13, 1942, he was released from aviation. In March 1942, he was appointed an air attaché at the Polish Embassy in Washington. After returning to the UK, he was head of science at the Peebles College of Aviation. He died at the Paderewski Hospital in Edinburgh after a road accident.

    Kapral-Podchorazy Wladyslaw Karol MICHON (P/705622) - killed in Tiger Moth T6268, which crashed near Hucknall.

    Plutonowy Lucjan HRYNIEWICZ (P/794432) - killed in Mustang FX981, which broke up in the air over the village of Strutt, near Stroud, Glos.

    Junak Wlodzimierz Konstantly KUSMIERSKI (P/707845) - admitted to hospital at Heliopolis where he died. No further details.

    Starszy Sierzant Marcin MACHOWIAK (P/782453) - killed in Auster MZ254, which crashed for unknown reasons near Southbourne, Sussex. Formerly a member of the Polish Fighting Team, also known as Skalski's Circus.

    Porucznik Zdzislaw Ludwik KULPINSKI (P/1359) - died at the RAF Officers Hospital at Cleveleys, Blackpool.

    Plutonowy Wkadyskaw WIERNUSZ (P/794741) - died at Glasgow, no further details. However the Statutory Deaths Register on the Scotland's People website has some more detail, and records that he died at 188 St. George's Road, Glasgow, due to tuberculosis of the lungs and exhaustion. He is recorded as a Polish Air Force Pensioner.

    Regards

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    Default Re: 1944 Unaccounted Airmen Reconciliation Thread

    Aircraftman 1st Class Glyn HARRIES (1315784)

    His Circumstances of death card from CWGC on ancestry I'm nearly sure says Chronic TB. Not an aircraft crash. He was with 33 ANS.

    Everything on the caed except cause of death is neatly typed! The death is very feint

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    I wonder Simon, if i find more on Harries, and he wasnt killed in a crash and I can get them to edit their website, should you edit the text you copies above? It might end up being a contracdictory statement the our grandkids will fight over in future.

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    Default Re: 1944 Unaccounted Airmen Reconciliation Thread

    Hi Simon

    Aircraftman 1st Class Glyn HARRIES (1315784) - According to his Casualty Card he died from pleural shock due to chronic tuberculosis, not a flying accident.

    Leading Aircraftman Dewi Wyn WILLIAMS - died in Christie Street Hospital from sulfathiazola poisoning

    Malcolm
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    Default Re: 1944 Unaccounted Airmen Reconciliation Thread

    This is the first time i am hearing about these "CWGC Casualty Card" .. and "Circumstances of death card from CWGC on ancestry" When were these made available?

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    Default Re: 1944 Unaccounted Airmen Reconciliation Thread

    Hi all,

    Flight Sergeant Jarslav LOUDA (787423

    CWGC has already corrected his first name on my request to Jaroslav

    He died in Boscombe Hospital on pneumonia.

    Pavel
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    Default Re: 1944 Unaccounted Airmen Reconciliation Thread

    Jagan.. They are only for casualties buried in Canada and have been a database on ancestry.com the past few years, I've been referring to them for yonks now. I just dont get to post as often.

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    Default Re: 1944 Unaccounted Airmen Reconciliation Thread

    Well, Canada and North America generally to be more accurate.

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