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

    There are a lot of local Singapore enlistments in the 785nnn range which are unknown and they are not (as far as I can see) in Air 78 either

    Looked into this today... I think he was maybe a very early member of Special/Asiatic Technical Corps

    I wonder if Service numbers started 785700.. for these....

    785000 to 786999
    786379
    Jiy 1940
    Local enlistments in Far East

    Another early number is

    Aircraftman 2nd Class ABDUL KARIM BIN YOUN (785709) RAF 1943-01-26 also unaccounted


    OTHMAN BIN MUHAMMAD HASHIM,
    A.C.2, 785703. R.A.F. (V.R.). 12th September,
    1940. Column 410.

    Pinang gazette and Straits chronicle, 19 September 1940, Page 4

    Already 49 third-year students and
    graduates of the Singapore Government
    Trade School have been accepted by the
    R.A.F. and are working as Aircraftman
    Second Class, at $1.70 a day.


    Special Technical Corps
    Introduced in Malay in August 1940 as the Asiatic Technical Corps, the plan was to
    recruit locals for service with the Royal Air Force. When Singapore fell to the Japanese in February 1942,
    many of the personnel dispersed to their homes. Others followed the RAF to Java where they were captured and interned.


    The Sydney Morning Herald
    14 Feb 1941


    I visited an R.A.F. station "somewhere in
    Malaya." Its workshops, hangars, powerhouses, and barrack blocks are scattered over
    a large area, so that they are not vulnerable to air attack, but they are accessible to each
    other. Every building is specially protected against air attack, and all important points
    are considered proof against a direct hit by a heavy bomb. Every part of the station has
    an air-raid shelter for personnel.
    The torpedo section of this R.A.F. station was interesting. It is one of the many responsible for maintaining, repairing, and storing
    the hundreds of torpedoes required by the
    squadrons of torpedo bombers operating from
    bases throughout Malaya. These aircraft
    are flown by men from all parts of the Empire. If used against an enemy fleet or
    transports moving to attack any British or
    allied possessions in the Far East, they would
    prove to be one of the most deadly striking
    forces with which the attackers would have
    to contend.
    The workshop equipment includes facilities
    for the complete overhaul and repair of the
    largest and most modern types of aircraft.
    In these workshops, all metal main planes,
    fuselages, aircraft instruments, aero engines,
    and armament can be repaired. Hundreds of
    skilled men are employed.
    Some technical work is carried out by the
    Asiatic Technical Corps under the supervision of R.A.F. personnel. Experienced R.A.F.
    technical officers speak highly of the skill of
    these Asiatic mechanics, and say that they
    compare favorably with R.A.F. tradesmen.
    Some of the Asiatics have been appointed
    sergeants.


    Flight June 5, 1941
    GREAT BRITAIN
    Air Force Bases in Malaya
    High praise has been given to the Asiatic Technical Corps, formed in September 1939 (sic), of specially selected skilled Asiatic craftsmen from
    the technical trade schools under contract to the Airforce for training in aircraft repair and construction.


    Malaya Tribune, 28 December 1940, Page 3 confirms formed "3 months ago"



    Successful applicants will be
    required to serve in any part of
    Malaya on appointment, and
    commencing as aircraftsmen
    class two will be paid $1.70 a
    day, with increments corresponding to the rise in rank.
    Clothes and quarters will all be
    provided.

    The special technical corps for
    which the applications are now sought, was formed some three
    months ago, but more hands are required.

    The Straits Times, 16 September 1940, Page 10

    Technical Corps
    Men Interviewed
    APPLICANTS for entry into the
    " Special Technical Corps" of the
    R.A.F. in Singapore are being inter-
    viewed to-day at the Singapore Trade
    School.
    The Corps comprise the ground crews of
    stations here. and the successful applicants
    will work as artisans, motor transport
    drivers, motor boat crews, electricians, wireless electrical mechanics and the various
    other trades of the Royal Air Force.
    This important branch ot the R.A.F. is
    open to British non-Europeans, particularly
    past and present pupils ot the four trade
    schools in Malaya.
    Several hundred applications have been
    received, and a week has been set aside to
    interview the candidates.
    The Corps will not be called upon to fight
    The scheme is the result of a decision to
    absorb into the RAF, the ground employees
    at the Aircraft Depot, Far East, and it
    probable that more than 300 extra men will
    be required the Special Technical
    Corps.
    The period of engagement tor the duration of the war.

    CWGC
    AIRCRAFTMAN 11.
    OTHMAN bin MAHUMMAD HASHIM 'son of' MAHUMMAD HASHIM so OTHMAN HASHIM
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    Default Re: The Unaccounted Project - Final Stretch Updates by Jon Heyworth

    122,433 casualty records in this database.
    119,635 records (97.71%) are "Accounted for".
    99,925 are aviation. 19,710 are non-aviation deaths.
    2,798 are still unaccounted.

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    Wow 200 knocked off in just under a two months! Well done Jon... (and others)

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    Frens Smit 13135 , attached to 321 Dutch Squadron, died in Number 55 Indian General hospital, Columbo, of acute appendicitis

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Jagan View Post

    2,798 are still unaccounted.

    119,755 records (97.81%) are "Accounted for".
    2,678 are still unaccounted.

    About a 120 Unaccounted knocked off!

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    Wow only another 180
    To get below 2500 well done Jon and anyone else who has contributed recently like Norfolk John

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

    Outside the U.K. in the whole of the world, the RAF Unaccounted ( there are some poorly accounted in addition ) currently are down to :

    India 76
    Egypt 21
    Singapore local enlistment 36

    Out of 44,118

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    P/784873 Antoni Tabaczynski was taken dangerously ill on 17 May, dying of pneumonia secondary to tuberculosis of both lungs

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonheyworth View Post
    EXCEPT for 1017102 John Henry Young of whom no trace, not even an official GRO reference, can be found

    Need someone with ScotlandsPeople credits to check these 1947 deaths

    YOUNG
    JOHN
    31
    M
    1947
    644 / 14 / 392
    PARTICK

    YOUNG
    JOHN
    25
    M
    1947
    503 / 88
    ROW OR RHU

    YOUNG
    JOHN
    50
    M
    1947
    899 / 97
    STRANRAER
    YOUNG
    JOHN
    30
    M
    1947
    573 / 1 / 248
    PAISLEY

    YOUNG
    JOHN
    52
    M
    1947
    644 / 17 / 622
    GOVAN

    YOUNG
    JOHN
    42
    M
    1947
    672 / 41
    UPHALL

    YOUNG
    JOHN
    40
    M
    1947
    644 / 6 / 1050
    TOWNHEAD

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

    Birth wise there are 4 x John Henry Young born in Scotland between 1900 and 1930, 1917, 1919 x 2 , 1920

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