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    Default 400806 - Unaccounted Airmen - 06-08-1940

    Hello,

    400806 - Unaccounted Airmen - 06-08-1940

    From Henk's List -

    UK
    WADHAM, Nicholas Wyndham - Sqn/Ldr - 03092 - RAF.
    Cambridge Crematorium, Cambridgeshire.
    Reported to have died suddenly at home.

    From CWGC -

    EGYPT
    JONES, Colin James Campbell - Lac - 525815 - RAF.
    Alamein Memorial, Egypt.
    Sunderland I - N9025 - 228 Sqn.

    UK
    BAILEY, Ronald Douglas (Ron) - Sgt - 746776 - RAFVR.
    Warwick Cemetery, Warwickshire.
    Blenheim IV - L4853 - 2 SoAC.

    BRITTON, Henry Wilfred - P/O - 42458 - RAF.
    Wimbish (All Saints) Churchyard, Essex.
    Hurricane I - N2456 - 17 Sqn.

    COLLS, William Logan - Sgt - 758029 - RAFVR.
    South Cerney (All Hallows) Churchyard, Gloucestershire.
    Oxford - R6332 - 3 SFTS.

    YOUNG, Donald James - P/O - 91232 - RAF (AAF).
    Aberdeen Crematorium, Aberdeenshire.
    Oxford - P1869 - 15 SFTS.

    FETHERSTON, Alan James - Sgt - 748733 - RAFVR.
    Middleton Stoney (All Saints) Churchyard, Oxfordshire.
    Hereford - L6053 - 16 OTU.

    FISHER, Arthur Vivian (New Zealand) - P/O - 43702 - RAF.
    Benson (St.Helen) Churchyard Extension, Oxfordshire.
    Battle - L4943 - 12 OTU.

    BATHO, Reginald Frank - Sgt - 580629 - RAF.
    LINDSAY, James Fenton - Sgt - 638486 - RAF.
    JENNINGS, Robert James - Sgt - 565910 - RAF.
    JONES, John - Sgt - 638740 - RAF.
    These four airmen are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey.
    They were crew of Hampden I - P4377 - 49 Sqn.

    LLOYD, Lewis Price - AC2c - 799681 - RAF.
    Whitchurch (St Dubricius) Churchyard, Herefordshire.
    Cause of death ?

    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/sho...=4871#post4871

    Alex

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    Default Re: 400806 - Unaccounted Airmen - 06-08-1940

    Hi

    Lloyd - He was serving with No 3 SFTS and was killed in a firearms accident, his death was registered in Devizes (36).

    Malcolm

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    Default Re: 400806 - Unaccounted Airmen - 06-08-1940

    The Peterborough Standard - Friday 16 August 1940 states that Sqn Ldr Wadham died 4 days after his wife, Agnes Moira Wadham, who committed suicide in their garage, at Field House, Buckden, with a revolver. The article states: "So far as we have been able to make enquiries nothing official appears to be known concerning the cause of death, but it is understood to have taken place at the aerodrome station at which deceased was attached."

    Edit - Probate states that he died at Melton House, Exning, Newmarket, which was connected with HQ 3 Group.
    Last edited by jonny; 24th November 2021 at 11:24.

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    Default Re: 400806 - Unaccounted Airmen - 06-08-1940

    WADHAM, Nicholas Wyndham
    b. Q1 1894 Wadham, Nicholas Wyndham, Paddington 1a 72
    27 Nov 1914 Commissioned (http://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/i...upplement/9983)
    The Huntingdonshire Cyclist Battalion.
    The undermentioned to be Second Lieutenants. Dated 27th November, 1914 : —
    Corporal Nicholas Wyndham Wadham, from the Public Schools Battalion, The Duke
    of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment).

    27 Feb 1929 Promoted Sqn Ldr (http://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/i...3470/page/1349)
    10 Mar 1935 Squadron Leader Nicholas Wyndham WADHAM is placed on the retired list at his
    own request. (http://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/i...4141/page/1733)
    d. Q3 1940 Wadham, Nicholas W, 46, (Reg) Newmarket 4a 1972

    There is no indication in the LG that he was re-called in WW2, or served in uniform??
    I grew up in Peterborough during WW2. There were more airfields than I can count within a 20 mile radius of Peterborough!
    There was, in WW2, a very severe shortage of newsprint paper (although, probably, not in 1940). Peterborough still managed to run two local newspapers. The Advertiser dealt with the town and surrounding areas. The Standard was the more ‘parochial’ publication.
    Does anybody know why the death of Sqn Ldr(Rtd) N W Wadham should appear in a Peterborough newspaper when only the most important stuff (in the view of the sub/Editor) got printed?
    Is there more to this than meets the eye?
    TIA
    Peter Davies
    Meteorology is a science; good meteorology is an art!
    We might not know - but we might know who does!

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    Default Re: 400806 - Unaccounted Airmen - 06-08-1940

    “Died Suddenly” seems to be a common code for suicide

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    Default Re: 400806 - Unaccounted Airmen - 06-08-1940

    Quote Originally Posted by paulmcmillan View Post
    “Died Suddenly” seems to be a common code for suicide

    How right was your guess ,

    Nicholas Wyndham Wadham 03092 , died of self inflicted gun shot wounds in the Officer’s Mess at RAF Exning .

    Another sad tale of many such sad tales

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