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    Default 430312 - Unaccounted airmen - 12-3-1943

    What was the place of death registration for:
    AC2 Leslie S. BOARER - 1334343, whose name couldn't be found in Flight Global.

    Also looking for info on unit (USAAF) and aircraft of:
    P/O (WOp/Ag) Henry T. RENNIE - RCAF J/17126 (from USA).
    On board of a 12th US Bomb Group Boston, crashed near Sidi Barrani, Egypt, due to enemy action. Initially buried in the NW-corner of a large olive grove near Sidi Barrani; exhumed and reinterred in the National Cemetery at Fort Knox, Kansas, USA.
    (A thread on the TOCH Forum remained without positive answer).

    Proposed aircraft losses (in case BOARER was KOAS):
    Beaufighter I - T4732 - 2 (C)OTU - crashed on landing Catfoss.
    Oxford I - V3224 - 6 (P)AFU - crashed in forced landing 2 miles W of Blockley, Gloucestershire.
    Tiger Moth II - N6711 - 11 EFTS - crashed on approach at night, Perth.
    Blenheim V - EH314 - 1 OADU - crashed on take-off Perranporth.
    Oxford I - DF243 - 6 (P)AFU - crashed on take-off Honiley.
    Auster I - LB292 - 653 (AOP) Sqn - hit balloon barrage just W of Brooklands, Byfleet, Surrey (already as a casualty on this a/c: Capt (Royal Artillery) W.M.A. WHITSON - 95156).

    Info on surviving crew on above mentioned aircraft also very welcome.
    Regards and thanks for your help.
    Henk.

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    Hi Henk

    Boarer - Maidstone, Kent

    Malcolm

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    Henk,
    1 OADU ORB does not mention EH314 crashing on this date, (but does not mean to say it did'nt). Only movements made between 11th and 13th March were two Hudsons of 24sqdn. Only loss was 179sqdn Wellington on 15th, crashed just after take-off,all killed.
    Last edited by AlanW; 30th March 2010 at 16:18.

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    Hi Henk
    There is no mention of a Blenheim loss on this date in Warner's "Blenheim". The AB Serials does give it as crashed at Perranporth, SOC 12/3/43
    Regards
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    Thanks all for your help.
    Regards,
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    Hello

    P/O (WOp/Ag) Henry T. RENNIE - RCAF J/17126 - he was killed on March 22nd, according to the CWGC website.

    His R.C.A.F. records include a letter to his family from Captain George A. Young, of the 83rd Bombardment Squadron, U.S.A.A.F., .M.E., dated May 22nd 1943, which includes the following:

    On the afternoon on March 22nd, 1943, Captain Ingram and his crew led our American bomber formation to an enemy target. Immediately after accurately dropping its bombs, the airplane received a direct burst of anti-aircraft fire. The bomber dropped out of formation, very much under control, and crossed back into friendly territory, headed for an advanced landing ground. Just a few miles short of it destination, the airplane went into a spin and crashed. The entire crew died instantly.

    Included in the records is a photo of a memorial stone, with the following inscription:

    Albert Gough, Capt.
    William E. Gustafson, S/Sgt.
    Virgil Ingram, Jr. Capt.
    Raymond G. Munson, 1st Lt.
    Edward H. Phelan, Jr, 2nd Lt.
    Air Corps
    Henry T. Rennie, Pilot Off.
    Royal Canadian Air Force
    March 22 1943


    His R.C.A.F. records also record that he was born at Ontario.

    Regards

    Simon

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

    Leslie Samuel Boarer 959381 , a medically discharged airman at the time of his death, died of pulmonary tuberculosis having been first diagnosed at RAF hospital Yatesbury on 24 October1942 and medically discharged since 20 December 1942

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

    Frank Samuel Stallan 1239650, attached to RAF Hastings , accidently drowned, his body being recovered the following day

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