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    440106 - Unaccounted Airwoman & Airmen - 6-1-1944

    From Henk's list -

    WAAF
    UK
    WESTCOTT, Vera - ACW1 - 2068205 - WAAF - Plymouth (Efford), Devon.

    ALGERIA
    BECKFORD, Frank Aubrey - LAC1c - 1612347 - RAFVR - Dely Ibrahim, Algeria.

    UK
    JOHNSON, Wallace - LAC - 1518362 - RAFVR - Mansfield (Nottingham Road), Nottinghamshire.

    From CWGC & Geoff's sites -

    BANGLADESH
    BATEMAN, Laurence Frederick - Cpl - 1241762 - RAFVR - Chittagong, Bangladesh.

    CANADA
    GORDON, John Alastair - P/O - 152700 - RAFVR - Truro (Terrace Hill), Nova Scotia, Canada.

    INDIA
    LEAVY, Reginald John - Cpl - 1037786 - RAFVR - Delhi, India.

    PAKISTAN
    THOMPSON, John Bernard - LAC - 1070609 - RAFVR - Karachi, Pakistan.

    UK
    ACTON, Dennis - AC2c - 1833437 - RAFVR - Swinton, Lancashire.
    FARMER, James Thomas Edward - F/L (Pilot) - 46793 - RAF - Caversfield (St. Laurence), Oxfordshire.
    FORD, Ronald John Norman - F/S - 1316519 - RAFVR - Runnymede Memorial, Surrey.
    PILMER, Thomas Fisher - LAC - 1557926 - RAFVR - Runnymede Memorial, Surrey.

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    CANADA - GORDON, John Alastair

    6-1-1944
    No.31 OTU
    Hudson V AM764

    Crashed near Dodderidge, Nova Scotia, whilst carrying out descent through cloud procedure.

    Crew:

    152700 P/O (Pilot) John Alastair GORDON RAFVR +
    AUS427483 Sgt (Nav./B.) Douglas JEFFREY RAAF
    NZ417154 Sgt (W.Op./Air Gnr.) James Alfred EASTON RNZAF
    NZ422683 Sgt (W.Op./Air Gnr.) Brian Christian Jensen BERTIE RNZAF

    http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nb...Casualties.htm

    Col.
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    ALGERIA
    BECKFORD, Frank Aubrey - LAC - serving with 156 MU.

    BANGLADESH
    BATEMAN, Laurence Frederick - Cpl - serving with 224 Group.

    INDIA
    LEAVY, Reginald John - Cpl - serving in New Delhi (AHQ?).

    PAKISTAN
    THOMPSON, John Bernard - LAC - serving with 317 MU.

    UK
    ACTON, Dennis - AC2 - registered in Millom.
    FARMER, James Thomas Edward - F/L (Pilot) - registered in Ploughley.
    FORD, Ronald John Norman - F/S - killed whilst flying in Martinet I, JN448 of No 11 AGS, which collided with JN492 off Ayre on the Isle of Man.
    PILMER, Thomas Fisher - LAC - killed whilst flying in Martinet I, JN492 of No 11 AGS, which collided with JN448 off Ayre on the Isle of Man. Brehaut RCAF also killed
    WESTCOTT, Vera - ACW1 - registered in Plymouth.
    JOHNSON, Wallace - LAC - not Eng/Wales?.

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    JOHNSON, Wallace - LAC - 1518362 - died in a road accident

    £4,800 AWARD Mansfield Widow’s Assize Claim Announcing an award of £4,816 2s. damages to a Mansfield widow, at the Notts. Assizes to-day, Mr. Justice Lewis intimated that assessing the figure, he had disregarded the amount she received for pension. Plaintiff was Mrs. Alice Johnson, of 14, Sandhurst-avenue, Mansfield, who brought a claim against Alfred Hill, trading as John -Hill, Rochdale, for damages in respect of an accident in which her husband, L.A.C. Wallace Johnson, R.A.F., received fatal injuries. Mr. Norman Winning (instructed by Marchant and Co., Mansfield) represented plaintiff, and Mr. Douglas Lowe, of London, defended. The accident happened on January 16th this year. L.A.C. was riding a bicycle along London Road towards Little Haywood, Staffs., when he was knocked down by defendant’s lorry, and died shortly after admission to hospital. Before joining the Forces he was employed by a Manchester firm as a travelling salesman, earning £6 7s. 6d. weekly, plus commission. A letter from the firm was produced in court and stated that he had prospects of advancement to £5OO a year. The widow is left with four children, including twins aged five years.

    Nottingham Evening Post - Monday 05 March 1945

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    The following all appear listed as Died on Active service in various casualty communiques
    http://ww2irishaviation.com/DOASandWAAF1944.htm

    Westcott, Beckford, Johnson, Bateman, Leavy, Thompson, Farmer
    Farmer is listed as being with 13 OTU on his grave registration form. But per the DOAS status, death not related to an aircraft accident.

    Acton didn't show up in the DOAS lists.
    he had a thread of his own but no reason for death given. http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/sho...h-January-1944


    Regarding the Martinet crashes, from Brehaut's service file, the Form 765

    MARTINET JN492 (B.12) (Pilot: SGT. BREHAUT; T. T. Op. LAC PILMER) which had completed an exercise and dropped the drogue at Andreas, was waiting for the next detail in the vicinity of the Point of Ayre at about 10.10 hours. Martinet JN448 (B.1) (Pilot: F/S FORD, no passenger) completed a camera gun exercise with two Ansons just north of Jurby at about 10.10 hours. and apparently instead of
    returning direct to ·the airfield flew on towards the Point of Ayre, where it met Martinet B.12. The aircraft were seen flying together about 300 yards apart at a height of 1,000 ~ 1,500 feet. and B.12 was seen to do a stall turn and come into collision with B.1. Both aircraft fell into the sea at 10.16 hours. Visibility was good and the cloud base was at approx. 2,000. feet. Air/Sea Rescue was put
    into immediate operation but no bodies were recovered.


    Remarks by Unit Commander:
    It appears that the aircraft B.12 flown by Sgt. BREHAUT did a stall turn and hit the aircraft B.1 flown by F/S FORD and they both fell into the sea. The weather and visibility were good. I can find no reason for the collision except the pilots were not keeping a good enough look-out.

    Remarks by Station Commander
    F/ Sgt. FORD should have returned to base immediately on completion of the camera gun exercise. Sgt. BREHAUT should not have made a stall turn on to the other aircraft. Otherwise there is nothing to account for the collision.
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    Johnson - He was serving with No 30 OTU and died in Stafford Infirmary from injuries sustained in a accident when he was knocked off his bicycle near Little Haywood, Staffs.

    Acton - He was serving at RAF Millom and committed suicide by shooting himself in mouth in a Hanger on the Station.

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    Bloody bicycles!!

    I guessed that about Acton, poor chap.

    The suicide victims seem to be missing from the casualty lists, I'll keep an eye on known examples to see if there is a pattern.
    Dennis Burke
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    Default Re: The Unaccounted Project - Final Stretch Updates by Jon Heyworth

    Vera Westcott 2068205 , a fine protectionist attached to RAF Mount Batten , was admitted dangerously ill to Plymouth City hospital on 4 January where she died of appendicitis

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

    James Thomas Edward Farmer 46793 , collapsed and died of a heart attack at RAF Bicester
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