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    Default 440406 - Unaccounted Airmen - 6-4-1944

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    440406 - Unaccounted Airmen - 6-4-1944

    From Henk's list -

    UK
    GATELEY, Bernard Basil - F/O - 55106 - RAFVR - Runnymede Memorial, Surrey.
    REGAN, Henry Lawrence - Sgt - 1512170 - RAFVR - Runnymede Memorial, Surrey.
    SIMON, Douglas Joseph - F/O - 131151 - RAFVR - Runnymede Memorial, Surrey.

    From CWGC & Geoff's sites -

    POLAND
    GUNN, Alastair Donald Mackintosh - F/L (Pilot) - 60340 - 2x MiD - RAFVR - Poznan Old Garrison, Poland.

    UK
    DEMPSEY, Ernest Anthony - Sgt (WoP/A/G) - 1494695 - RAFVR - Silloth (Causewayhead), Holme Low, Cumberland.
    RIGG, Clifford Birkett - F/L (Pilot) - 42579 - RAF - Western-Super-Mare, Somerset.
    WADDELL, Thomas - F/S (Nav) - 1368228 - RAFVR - Dunoon, Argyllshire.

    USA
    IBBERSON, Arthur Brian - AC2c - 1523678 - RAFVR - St. Louis (Jefferson Barracks), National, Missouri, USA.

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    Hello,

    Re: UK (1) - GATELEY, REGAN & SIMON and UK (2) - DEMPSEY:

    6-4-1944
    No.6(C) OTU
    Wellington XII MP682

    Took off on a day training exercise, and crashed in the sea at Solway Firth at 1020. The bodies of two of the crew were recovered from the sea, and three were missing.

    131151 F/O (1st Pilot) Douglas Joseph SIMON RAFVR + (Runnymede)
    55106 F/O (2nd Pilot) Bernard Basil GATELEY RAFVR + (Runnymede)
    AUS408406 F/O (Nav./B) Donald Frederick PARSONS RAAF + Buried Chester (Blacon) Cemetery.
    1512170 Sgt (W.Op./Air Gnr.) Henry Lawrence REGAN RAFVR + (Runnymede)
    1494695 Sgt (W.Op./Air Gnr.) Ernest Anthony DEMPSEY RAFVR + Buried Silloth (Causewayhead) Cemetery, Holme Low.

    A Court of Enquiry into the accident stated: "The aircraft had completed a successful QGH practice and had closed down the R/T and W/T watch. About half an hour later the aircraft was seen burning on the water in a totally wrecked condition."

    Per: Alan Storr (edited).

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    UK - RIGG & WADDELL.

    6-4-1944
    No.60 OTU
    Mosquito FB.VI HX865
    Training Flight.

    Crashed on approach to the airfield (High Ercall), at 19.18 hrs. The trainee crew were approaching to land on one engine after the other had failed, when the pilot made a tight turn away from his good engine, causing the aircraft to stall, crash and cartwheel along the ground.

    42579 F/L (Pilot U/T) Clifford Birkett RIGG RAF +
    1368228 F/Sgt (Nav.) Thomas WADDELL RAFVR +

    See:
    Pancakes and Prangs:Twentieth-Century Military Aircraft Accidents in Shropshire.
    Thorne,Thomas.
    Wrexham:Bridge Books,2013.
    p.200

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    POLAND - GUNN, Alastair Donald Mackintosh.

    One of the "50" murdered after the Great Escape.

    5-3-1942
    No.1 PRU
    Spitfire V AA810

    Took off 0807 on an operational sortie to Trondheim. Failed to return.

    60340 P/O (Pilot) Alastair Donald Mackintosh GUNN RAFVR - PoW.

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    Canada, War Graves Registers (Circumstances of Casualty), 1914-1948 forArthur Brian Ibberson on ancestry.com has

    Cadet Ibberson was pilot of aircraft which crashed at St Louis at 12:40 hrs 6 April 1944. He sustained multiple injuries which caused his death at St Louis Naval Hospital at 16:30 hours on the same date.

    Unit is given as US Naval Air Station St Louis

    Another US Internment form names it as Lambert Field
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    Hello Dennis,

    With regard to Ibberson.

    Any idea as to the a/c type or its serial number ?

    All that I can come up with is "Aircraft 096" which may refer to part of its serial number or its side code.

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

    Gerald Leonard Buist 1419691 and

    William Alfred Rodway 1314847

    Were both killed in a flying accident involving Baltimore FA 504 at North Front at 09:40 Hours

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