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

    Patrick Beverley Laing Meason 103564 , did NOT die in RAF Hospital Uxbridge as the result of a Tiger Moth crash on Box Hill. He currently needs to revert to unaccounted

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

    Quote Originally Posted by jonheyworth View Post
    Edward John Denton 1234108 , a pilot , was reported missing, presumed dead in Spitfire MB 784 which left Maison Blanche for GAFSA at 15:00 Hours on 1 July
    Thank you, most interesting, so does this suggest that Spitfire PRXI MB784 crashed somewhere on a flightpath between Algiers (Maison Blanche) and Central Tunisia i.e overland ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonheyworth View Post
    Patrick Beverley Laing Meason 103564 , did NOT die in RAF Hospital Uxbridge as the result of a Tiger Moth crash on Box Hill. He currently needs to revert to unaccounted

    This is the source of this information

    http://www.rafcommands.com/archive/15648.php


    "book "No 43 'Fighting Cocks' Squadron":

    'On the 6th (June 1944) CO Laing-Meason relinquished his period of command and returned to a posting in the UK - sadly, he was killed not long after in a flying accident in a Tiger Moth at Box Hill in Surrey.' - [DATE 28th October 1944]

    The same information is in book "43 Squadron".

    I had only one recovered some years ago in argentina, at the moment in Argentina exist only one in the days of school at Buenos Aires, Laing Meason is a Cattle rancher and his brother Gilbert killed in a flying accident with Tiger Moth!."

    His Brother Gilbert LAING-MEASON. Leading Aircraftman 1267845, Pilot under training. Royal Air Force (VR) died 26th July 1941 aged 23. Son of Gilbert Laing-Meason and of Thelma Laing-Meason (nee McKean), of Guanaco, F.C.O., Argentina. His brother, Sqdn. Ldr. Patrick Beverley Laing-Meason, D.F.C., also died on service on the 28th October 1944. At rest in London Road Cemetery, Chippenham, Wiltshire.

    I have seen both a "Tiger Moth" and Miles aircraft quoted for this so I wonder if the story has been confused ?

    Gilbert LAING-MEASON (1267845) U/T Pilot Master I N7992 AIR81/7882

    Master I - N7992 - 9 FTS - crashed on take-off at night Babdown Farm.


    RAF Babdown Farm = Cirencester

    Deaths Sep 1941 (>99%)
    Meason Gilbert L 23 Cirencester 6a 849


    Deaths Dec 1944 (>99%)
    Meason Patrick B L 25 Uxbridge 3a 86 Scan available - click to view


    This is what AIRMEN DIED IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR has - maybe the Unit can provide a clue ?

    Name: Patrick Beverley Laing-Meason
    Rank: Squadron Leader
    Death Age: 25
    Birth Year: abt 1919
    Death Date: 28 Oct 1944
    Military Base: Thorney Island, Hants
    Service Number: 103564
    Unit: 83 Group Support Unit
    Command: 2 Tactical Air Force
    Ship: Tiger Moth
    Occupation: Pilot
    Casualty: Killed whilst flying

    Medal: Dfc
    Residence Place: Guanaco, Argentina
    Burial Place: Northwood Cemetery, Middlesex
    Notes: Crashed At Box Hill, Surrey

    A family Tree on Ancestry has an even wider location for his death...... he has UK death Registration so defo UK

    Death 28 Oct 1944 Aged, Ash Sharqiyah, Oman
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    Default Re: The Unaccounted Project - Final Stretch Updates by Jon Heyworth

    It's not right Paul, he's proving VERY difficult to track down, I know where he died and basically how he died, but need more as I don't like " presumably and probably " and has this has already happened to him once , and I don't want to add another such long term supposition before another correction.

    It's not been easy to trace anything else on him.. All I know it wasn't a Tiger Moth on Box Hill with a subsequent hospital death . It MAY possibly be a Tiger Moth but certainly not there ? Does anyone have details of any aircraft accidents near Northolt on 28 October 1944 ? I posed the question elsewhere this forum but not elsewhere ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jives11 View Post
    Thank you, most interesting, so does this suggest that Spitfire PRXI MB784 crashed somewhere on a flightpath between Algiers (Maison Blanche) and Central Tunisia i.e overland ?
    I have no idea on that one sorry. This is going to be a wait for the AIR 81 release job to learn any more sadly

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    Kenneth Wood-Sims 1063877 , attached to Number 8 SOTT, died in RAF Hospital, Weeton of cerebro spinal meningitis

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    George Millar Wilkinson 841738 , attached to RAF Police HQ, Uxbridge, died of injuries sustained in a MT accident

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

    Updated.

    117,255 records (95.77%) are "Accounted for".
    99,840 are aviation. 17,415 are non-aviation deaths.
    5,177 are still unaccounted (Prviously it was 5,290)
    Last edited by Jagan; 27th November 2021 at 16:18.

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    William Lynch 990737 , attached to Number 7 SOTT, was taken dangerously ill on 19 April and died in Bromsgrove City hospital of a lung abscess
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    Humphrey William Tilson 630477 , attached to Number 21 Air School , was seriously injured in a motor accident on 26 November, dying in hospital at 18:20 Hours

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