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    Hi Henk, Crouch was on N4563, which crashed at Moreton Corbet, near Shawbury (not East Morton).

    Cheers,

    Tom

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    Thanks Tom; another one taken from the list; much appreciated.
    Best regards,
    Henk.

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    Hello

    AC2 Kenneth PHILLIPS - 1067854 - the Bury Free Press of May 10th 1941 reported the following:

    Rifle Accident
    Aircraftman Shot Dead
    The sotry of how a Doncaster young man, Aircraftman Kenneth Phillips (30), of 24, Grove Vale, Wheatley Hills, was shot dead in a rifle accident, was told to the Coroner (Mr. George Carter) and a jury at an inquest on Tuesday.
    Coprl. Thomas Gough said that before the accident on Sunday he examined the rifles of Phiilips and another airman names Cawley, and by pulling the triggers saw that there were no bullets in the breech.
    Aircraftman Leslie F. Broadhurst said he saw Aircraftman Lindsey and Phillips at the "on guard" position. There was a report, Phillips dropped and Lindsey picked him up. "I know they were just playing," said witnes, "and I heard them laughing. They were sparring about, and the shot was a pure accident."
    Aircraftman Cawley said that Phillips pointed his rifle at Lindsey, who grabbed witness' rifle. Witness said to him"Be creful. There are five rounds in it." Lindsey pointed the rifle towards Phillips, who released the safety catch and put a cartridge into the breech..."Lindsey did exactly the same thing but did not apply the safety catch.As soon as he got a cartridge in the breech, the gun went off. We were all pals. It was a pure accident."
    An R.A.F. medical officer said that the bulet glanced off the buckle of Phillips' respirator to enter his chin, causing instantaneous death.
    The jury returned a verdict fo "Death by misadventure."


    LAC Douglas H. REYNOLDS - 629581 and
    LAC John B. VANES - 861187

    Here's what the Dundee Courier reported on May 5th 1941 about the accident that cost them their lives:

    AIRMEN KILLED ON ROAD
    A.C. Jack Vanes (20) and A.C. Douglas Hewitson Reynolds (36) lost their lives in a collision betweenan R.A.F. truck and a bus at Bellstyke Road, Larbert, late on Saturday night. The truck, containing 17 aircraftmen, was travelling from Glasgow to Fife. The bus had no passengers. The driver of the bus, William Miller, Larbert, sustained cuts and bruises.


    Sgt (Wop/Ag) Edward SALMONS - 755504 - the Graves Registration Report Form lists his unit as 1 (C) O.T.U. The Banbury Advertiser of May 14th 1941 reported the following:

    IN FATAL FLYING ACCIDENT
    The death occurred some ten days ago, as the result of a flying accident, of Sergeant-Instructor Edward Salmons, of Horton View, Banbury. On the reserve, he was called up shortly fter the outbreak of war and served in the R.A.F. He was 33 years of age and leaves a widow.


    Regards

    Simon

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