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    Default 400422 - Unaccounted Airmen - 22-04-1940

    Hello,

    400422 - Unaccounted Airmen - 22-04-1940

    From Henk's List -

    CANADA
    HALE, Cecil Adrian - Cpl - 54 - RCAF.
    Ottawa Notre Dame Cemetery, Ontario, Canada.
    POWERS, Hugh Allan - Cpl - 7504 - RCAF
    Ottawa ( Beechwood ) Cemetery, Ontario, Canada.
    Cause of death of these two airmen ?
    Automobile accident with a train. Further details ?

    UK
    PURVIS, Frederick Edmund Cole - AC2c - 807265 - RAF(AAF).
    Barton ( St. Peter ) Churchyard, Durham.
    Taken ill and died in Hospital. Further details ?

    From CWGC -

    UK
    BURR, James Orlando - Midshipman (A) - HMS Raven - RN - 759 Sqn.
    Haslar Royal Naval Cemetery, Hampshire.
    [ Skua - L3044 - 759 Sqn FAA ].

    BROWN, Kenneth Admiral - NA1c - FX.77401 - HMS Glorious - RN - 803 Sqn.
    Lee-on-Solent Memorial, Hampshire.
    [ Skua - Serial number ? - 803 Sqn ].

    CUTLER, Thomas George - LA - FX.77748 - HMS Furious - RN - 818 Sqn.
    MESSENGER, Charles Robert Dalton - Lt(A) - HMS Furious - RN - 818 Sqn.
    These two Naval Airmen were crew of Swordfish - P4163 - 818 Sqn FAA.
    They are commemorated, on the Lee-on-Solent Memorial, Hampshire.

    COOPER, Ernest - AC2c - 980093 - RAF - 10 BGS.- Drouge Operator.
    Beverley ( Queensgate ) Cemetery, Yorkshire.
    [ Demon - K4525 - 10 BGS ].

    CYSTER, Kenneth John - Lac - 751792 - RAFVR- 10 BGS.
    PATTERSON, George William - Lac - 523326 - RAF - 10 BGS.
    WILLIAMS, David Raymond - F/O - 42172 - RAF - 10 BGS.
    These three airmen are commemorated on the Runnymede Memoir, Hampshire.
    They were crew of Overstrand - K8173- 10 BGS.

    DOBSON, John Fisher - Lac - 568823 - RAF - 16 OTU.
    East Retford Cemetery, Nottinghamshire.
    HOLT, Robert - Lac - 570723 - RAF - 16 OTU.
    Sheffield ( Tinsley Park ) Cemetery, Yorkshire
    These two airmen were crew of Hampden I - L4148 - 16 OTU.

    BEVAN, Charles Albert Leslie - Sgt(Pilot) - 565468 - RAF - 6 AACU.
    Harefield ( St. Mary ) Churchyard, Middlesex.
    PARKIN, Cyril - AC2c - 637487 - RAF - 6 AACU.
    Curdworth ( SS. Nicholas and Peter ) Churchyard, Warwickshire.
    These two airmen were aboard D.H.Dragon - G-ACPX, ex X9399.

    KING, Douglas Stanley - Captain - BOAC. [formerly F/O, RAF(RAFO)].
    Heston ( St. Leonard's ) Churchyard, Middlesex.
    FO.Derek, E, EVELEIGH
    Topsham Cemetery, Exeter Devon.
    https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/...derek-eveleigh
    RO. John William, Elliott.
    Ryhope Cemetery, Metropolitan Borough of Sunderland, Tyne and Wear.

    These three airmen were crew of -
    Lockheed Super Electra - 1484 - G-AFKD - BOAC.
    https://aviation-safety.net/database...?id=19400422-0

    Alex
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    Default Re: 400422 - Unaccounted Airmen - 22-04-1940

    CANADA
    HALE, Cecil Adrian - Cpl - 54 - RCAF.
    Ottawa Notre Dame Cemetery, Ontario, Canada.
    POWERS, Hugh Allan - Cpl - 7504 - RCAF
    Ottawa ( Beechwood ) Cemetery, Ontario, Canada.
    Cause of death of these two airmen ?
    Automobile accident with a train. Further details ?

    Collision between a Sydney (NS) bound freight train and a coupe at a level crossing at Coxheath, NS

    Aircraftman Thomas McLean, 30, of Ottawa and Harold Musgrave, 23, of North Sydney, employed by Canadian National Railway as a fireman, injured. The car was owned by Musgrave who was giving the three airmen a ride to their base. 7581 Aircraftman Thomas Begley McLean died on 25 April from pneumonia.

    RCMP investigation noted it was snowing heavily at the time and "thought to have been the main reason for the driver of the death car not observing the incoming freight train"
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    Default Re: 400422 - Unaccounted Airmen - 22-04-1940

    Quote Originally Posted by Alex Smart View Post
    COOPER, Ernest - AC2c - 980093 - RAF - 10 BGS.- Drouge Operator.
    Beverley ( Queensgate ) Cemetery, Yorkshire.
    [ Demon - K4525 - 10 BGS ].
    Alex,
    This was a Fairey Seal, K3525. AIR81/2026 quotes the wrong serial:
    http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C16471204
    Andy

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    Default Re: 400422 - Unaccounted Airmen - 22-04-1940

    Hello

    UK
    PURVIS, Frederick Edmund Cole - AC2c - 807265 - Harton cemetery, not Barton. His death was reported in the Newcastle Journal & North Mail, April 22nd 1940:

    SHIELDS R.A.F. MAN DIES
    Taken ill in France and brought to England in January, Frederick Edmund Cole Purvis (20), a member of the R.A.F. and son of Mr. and Mrs. S. Purvis of Sunderland Road, South Shields, has died in Stanmore Hospital, Middlesex.
    He joined the Auxiliary Air Force two years ago and went to France soon after war broke out.

    Regards

    Simon
    Last edited by wwrsimon; 5th December 2020 at 09:43. Reason: odd formatting
    Researching R.A.F. personnel from the North East of England

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    Default Re: 400422 - Unaccounted Airmen - 22-04-1940

    Hello Andy,
    I took the serial number and checked it against this forums database -
    http://www.rafcommands.com/database/...php?uniq=K4525
    So which is correct I wonder ?
    You suggest that it was Seal K3525.
    K File has -
    K3525
    Stalled while dropping drogue and hit ground, Langton Herring, Dorset, 22.4.40; DBF; 1 killed.
    While
    K4525 it has " to 1694M 13.11.39".

    So K3525 looks to be the correct details .
    Thanks for this correction.
    Alex

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex Smart View Post
    BEVAN, Charles Albert Leslie - Sgt(Pilot) - 565468 - RAF - 6 AACU.
    Harefield ( St. Mary ) Churchyard, Middlesex.
    PARKIN, Cyril - AC2c - 637487 - RAF - 6 AACU.
    Curdworth ( SS. Nicholas and Peter ) Churchyard, Warwickshire.
    These two airmen were aboard D.H.Dragon - G-ACPX, ex X9399.
    I don't think that G-ACPX ever actually became X9399. It had recently been impressed and still wore its original identity when it was lost.

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