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    Squadron Leader Ronald William ATKINSON (43537)

    16 Sq ORB:

    14.8.44
    S/Ldr R. W. Atkinson was killed by an airscrew whilst walking on the perimeter track. S/Ldr E. M. Goodale having a very narrow escape.

    Aircraft/serial not mentioned.

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    Flying Officer Christopher William DAVIES (169684) Wireless Op

    502 Sq ORB for 13.8.44 is very badly readable but he was member of Halifax "K" captained by F/O W. E. Umpherson RCAF which was hit by fire from enemy shipping and F/O Davies sustained multiple injuries and he died the following day.

    Anyone would be able to add the serial?

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    Flight Sergeant Peter EBSWORTH-DONKIN (573563) Pilot
    Corporal Anthony McFARLANE (964434)

    I would say they are both candidates for

    Auster NJ644

    http://39-45.auzeau.fr/france/14-cal...r-cemetery-84/

    + see also our older post (incomplete info):

    He was lost when he flew on Taylorcraft Auster (Serial unknown) from ALG A-10 Carentan to base

    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/sho...counted-Airman

    + https://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/19305

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    Flight Lieutenant Philip Whittenham LEAH (47542) Pilot

    see our archive post http://www.rafcommands.com/archive/03772.php :

    Followed 268 Squadron who used Typhoons to "Tempest & Typhoon Story" by Thomas/Shores. 24/8/44 F/Lt. P.W. Lear (sic) killed with 84 GSU (Ground Support Unit) flying Typhoon EK439. Crashed near Odiham.

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    Corporal Cyril George Dulgarn, RAFVR (762507)
    Died: 9th June 1944
    Cause of Death: General embolus due to lung abscess due to chronic bronchitis at Market Stainton, East Lindsey, Lincolnshire

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    Aircraftman 2nd Class Wilfred Cecil Warne, RAFVR, (1883844)
    Died: 18th May 1944
    Cause of Death: Respiratory Failure & Encephalitis - possibly from primary vaccinations 16 days earlier, at R.A.F. Hospital, Quarrington, Sleaford, Lincolnshire
    Occupation: Employed by Ransome, Sims & Jefferies of Ipswich in 1944. In 1939 listed as a Cabinet Maker & Joiner of Furniture.

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    Flying Officer James Roger Campbell [Pilot] (130127)
    Attached to No. 1 Fighter Squadron
    Killed in action on 20th June 1944, location given as Hull on ICAEW Roll of Honour but I am assuming it is a mistake. UK Death index shows that a James Campbell, born 1884, died in Hull in 1944 but our man, James Roger Campbell was aged 26, born in 1918. His records show event place as Stroud, Glouchestershire. I believe RAF No.1 Squadron was based at RAF Acklington in Morpeth and an extract from wikipedia:

    The squadron was equipped with the Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IX in April 1944, and in June began anti-V1 patrols, shooting down 39 flying bombs. Missions were also flown over the Falaise Gap, strafing targets of opportunity.

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    Flying Officer James Roger Campbell [Pilot] (130127)

    He was killed whilst flying in Typhoon IB, MN488 of No 84 GSU, which crashed at Chalford and over-turned on landing at Aston Down.

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    Leading Aircraftman John Frederick Sharples, RAFVR (1674843)
    Born on 9th December 1922 in Preston, Lancashire
    Educated at PGS [Preston Grammar] from 1934-1939
    Died on 3rd July 1944, aged 21, due to Tuberculous Meningitis and Hypostatic Pneumonia at Ipswich Borough Hospital {His father, William Sharples was at his bedside at death.}
    Occupation: Laboratory Assistant

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    Default Re: 1944 Unaccounted Airmen Reconciliation Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by CZ_RAF View Post
    Flight Sergeant Gordon Cowan JOHNSTON (544135V) Air Gunner

    21 Sq SAAF stated:

    Last Baltimore to take off crashed after take off near runway. Pilot (2/Lt Lecocq - Belgian), observer and WOP managed to escaped without serious injury but the AG (F/Sgt G. C. Johnson) was trapped and all attempts to save him failed. The remains of the body were later gathered to be buried.

    No Baltimore serial stated, also here no additional info


    http://www.southafricawargraves.org/...s.php?id=11344

    Pavel
    Hello,

    30 Mar 1944
    21 Sqn SAAF
    Baltimore IV FA460 'V'
    Op: Sora.

    On take-off 1530, Biferno/Campomarino, detailed to bomb an ammunition dump at Sora, Lazio, the aircraft swung, crashed, and burst into flames. F/Sgt Johnston was trapped in the turret, and all attempts to save him failed. He is buried in Sangro River War Cemetery.

    2/Lt J A Lecocq SAAF
    Lt W Edmayr SAAF
    F/Sgt T W Smith SAAF + [sic] (F/Sgt Smith was unhurt)!
    F/Sgt G C Johnston SAAF +

    See:
    Royal Air Force Bomber Losses in the Middle East and Mediterranean Vol.2: 1943-1945.
    Gunby,David & Pelham Temple.
    Tonbridge:Air-Britain(Historians),2018.
    p.109.

    Col.
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