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    Default Re: The Unaccounted Project - Final Stretch Updates by Jon Heyworth

    Quote Originally Posted by paulmcmillan View Post
    John Daly 1695038 , attached to RAF Chigwell , was accidently shot and killed on duty at Pinkey's Green

    Defo Pinkney's Green - He is down a John B Daly on FreeBMD and also under his birth in 1921 - On Air 78 he is John Daly - He is (I believe) on 1939 Register 'redacted' as he born in 1921 at Leadgate Consett - So will be released next year automatically

    I live locally so will see if anything in local paper on him (Inquest report etc)

    Robin Hood Pub closed then reopened as new name then reopened as Robin Hood Pub again but now closed again and reopened as new business (non pub)


    Here is the answer to death of John Basil Daly #1695038 22 April 1945

    Maidenhead Advertiser Wednesday 25th May 1945

    Shooting Incident at Maidenhead Thicket
    Inquest Adjourned
    at Maidenhead Thicket on Saturday (sic Sat was 21st April, Sun 22nd April)
    and as a result Aircraftman John Basil Daly (28), of Plantation-street, Leadgate, County Durham,
    died of wounds which are believed to have been caused by a bullet being accidentally fired by a
    comrade from a Sten gun.

    The inquest on Daly was formally opened by Mr. T. Alan Stuchbery (Coroner) yesterday (Tuesday).
    The Coroner said that it appeared that Daly lost his life as a result of a shooting incident,
    and in order that proper inquiries could be made into the occurrence he proposed adjourning the
    inquest for fourteen days.

    After hearing formal evidence by the father the inquest was adjourned till May 8.

    Maidenhead Advertiser Wednesday 16th May 1945 reporting Inquest Tuesday May 8th 1945

    Aircraftman Accidentally Shot His Friend
    Maidenhead Thicket Fatality At the adjourned inquest on Leading Aircraftman
    John Daly, R.A:F., whose home was at Consett, County Durham, and who was fatally shot by a
    Sten gun at Maidenhead Thicket on April 22 (1945), a verdict of accidental death was returned.

    Aircraftman Angus Gordon said he was on guard duty when he saw Daly sitting near the dining tent.
    He joked with him and told him to get on with his work. He had a Sten gun and while talking to Daly
    he pushed the magazine in and out because it was a bit stiff. The gun went off and the bullets hit Daly.
    He immediately 'phoned for the ambulance and Daly was taken to Maidenhead Hospital.

    Withess added that he and the deceased were good friends. Dr. Eric Sayce, pathologist, stated
    that the cause of death was rupture of the heart following bullet wounds in the chest.

    I think the reason RAF on Guard at Pinkneys Green is due to a V2 incident that was reported at same time...

    Exploded in the Air at Pinkneys Green


    "No V2 rockets fell in Bucks during the final year of the war and the nearest one to us
    fell at Pinkneys Green at about 10am on 19th March 1945 causing extensive damage and 12 casualties,
    including the death of an elderly lady who died of shock.

    Exploded in the Air at' Pinkneys Green

    "one the many of these missiles which missed their target, burst prematurely in the air on the northern boundary of the
    borough, causing 12 casualties—only two of them serious— and doing superficial damage to six cottages at Cockpole Green
    in the parish of Hurley where the warhead came to earth and exploded in cornfield.

    The security ban on the publication
    of details of the V2 having been lifted, this local wartime story can now told.

    Just after ten o'clock on a Monday morning, a loud double detonation, followed a second or two later by
    another snf louder explosion, were heard in the town and district. It soon became known that a rocket had burst
    in mid-air over Pinkneys Green and that the warhead of the missile containing the main exploitive charge had come to
    earth and exploded in a field at Cockpole Green.
    Making a crater about 20 feet in diameter and to feet deep, the blast from the explosion damaged a row.
    three pairs of dwellings, known as Goulders Cottages, and caused per injuries from flying glass and
    plaster to 12 occupants of the cottages -nine women, a man, and three children—ten of whom were immediately
    taken to the Henley War Memorial Hospital suffering from shock, cuts -and bruises. Only two cases were classified
    as serious and were detained in hospital, the tither patients were quickly. discharged after having their injuries dressed.
    An aged woman, of 78 who was ill with bronchitis at 'at the time of the incident died in hospital in
    three days later.

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