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    Default Unaccounted airmen - 9-8-1940

    What caused the death of:

    Sgt (Pilot) Stanley T. NEWCOMBE - 742084 - killed on active service (Flight Global), buried Cranfield (SS Peter & Paul) Churchyard, Bedfordshire (UK3089), and

    AC2 Norman H. VASEY - 1353609 - whose name I can't find in the Flight Global archives, buried Gateshead (Saltwell) Cem., Durham County.

    Proposed aircraft serials:

    Blenheim I - L1377 - 29 Sqn - crashed in forced landing Wittering
    Master I - N7717 - 14 FTS - crashed on take-off at night 1 mile W of Cranfield.

    Regards and thanks for your help.
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    Not on Blenheim L1377 - P/O Rhodes and Sgt Gregory uninjured. Engine cut on night patrol. DBR

    Warner's Blenheim

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    From: http://www.mackz.net/cm_cranfield%20burials.htm

    "742084 Sgt. Stanley T. Newcombe, Pilot. 9th August 1940, age 23. Son of John Thomas Newcombe and Ada Jessie Newcombe, of Slough, Buckinghamshire. Row E5. Grave 24. note : Sgt Newcombs headstone is of non standard pattern with matching raised stone border around the plot. It has the following words in lead lettering - In - Loving Memory of - Stanley Thomas Newcombe - Pilot Sgt. RAFVR - Killed on Active Service - Aug. 9th 1940 - Age 23.
    Pilot of Master N7177, of 14 FTS, which crashed on a night flight, 1m W of Cranfield."

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    Thanks Amrit. Enjoy the weekend.

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    Hello

    AC2 Norman Newton VASEY - 1353609 - the Newcastle Chronicle of Saturday August 17th 1940 reported the following:

    GASSED AFTER GIRL’S DEATH
    “Mother, I cannot live without her.”
    Such were the words of Aircraftman Norman Vasey (18) of Eastbourne Avenue, Gateshead, after he had attended the funeral of his sweetheart, Joyce Blakey, Tower Street, Gateshead.
    A few hours later he too was dead, having taken his life by gas poisoning.
    The tragedy was related to Gateshead Coroner, Mr. William Carr, at an inquest on Monday, when a verdict that Vasey died “whilst the balance of his mind was disturbed” was returned. Mrs Jane Vasey found her son gassed in a bedroom at their home.

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

    Andrew Joseph Buchart 1103630 , attached to 17 OTU, was killed in an accidental shooting at RAF Upwood

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    Default 400809 - Unaccounted Airmen - 09-08-1940

    Hello,

    400809 - Unaccounted Airmen - 09-08-1940

    From Henk's List -

    UK
    BUCHART, Andrew Joseph - AC2c - 1103630 - RAFVR - 17 OTU.
    Edinburgh Eastern Cemetery, Edinburgh.
    Cause of death an accidental shooting.

    VASEY, Norman Newton - AC2c - 1353609 - RAFVR.
    Gateshead (Saltwell) Cemetery, Durham.
    Cause of death, suicide following the funeral of his girlfriend.

    From CWGC -

    NETHERLANDS
    PIRIE, Herbert George Ross - P/O - 42077 - RAF.
    Noordwijk General Cemetery, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands.
    PRENTICE, Montague Adam - Sgt - 812244 - RAF (AAF).
    Bergen-Op-Zoom, Canadian War Cemetery, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands.
    These two airmen were crew of Anson I - N5356 - 500 Sqn.

    KENYA
    LAZARUS, Sydney Lewis - F/Sgt - 47940 - SAAF.
    Nairobi War Cemetery, Kenya.
    Hartbees - 856 - SAAF.

    UK
    ALLEN, Arthur Grenfell - Sgt - 648865 - RAF.
    Blanchland (St. Mary) Churchyard, Northumberland.
    McKENZIE, Charles William - Sgt - 516750 - RAF.
    Selby Cemetery, Yorkshire.
    WILLIAMS, Leonard - F/O - 40450 - RAF.
    Woking (St. James's) Crematorium, Surrey.
    These three airmen were crew of Whitley V - N1495 - 10 OTU.

    GRANT, John - Sgt - 651489 - RAF.
    Loanhead Cemetery, Midlothian.
    Hereford - L6052 - 14 OTU.

    NELSON, William - Sgt - 808425 - RAF (AAF).
    Stockton-On-Tees(Oxbridge Lane) Cemetery, Durham.
    SANDERSON, Samuel - Sgt - 746826 - RAFVR.
    Belfast City Cemetery, County Antrim, UK.
    SMITH, Cyril Arthur - Sgt - 903160 - RAFVR.
    City of London, Cemetery and Crematorium, Manor Park, Essex.
    These three airmen were crew of Blenheim I - L1191 - 13 OTU.

    NEWCOMBE, Stanley Thomas - Sgt - 742084 - RAFVR.
    Cranfield (SS. Peter and Paul) Churchyard, Bedfordshire.
    Master I - N7717 - 14 SFTS.[see 8th August].

    RITCHIE, Robert Douglas - Sgt - 745702 - RAFVR.
    Leslie Cemetery, Fifeshire.
    Hurricane I - L2103 - 605 Sqn.

    HAJESCH, Walter - GAF.
    MECHSNER, Wilhelm - GAF.
    Von TUERCKHEIM, Gernot - GAF.
    ZEISS, Arthur - GAF.
    These four Airmen all rest at Cannock Chase German Military Cemetery, Staffordshire.
    Cause of death ?

    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/sho...=4995#post4995

    Alex

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    Default Re: 400809 - Unaccounted Airmen - 09-08-1940

    Quote Originally Posted by Alex Smart View Post
    HAJESCH, Walter - GAF.
    MECHSNER, Wilhelm - GAF.
    Von TUERCKHEIM, Gernot - GAF.
    ZEISS, Arthur - GAF.
    These four Airmen all rest at Cannock Chase German Military Cemetery, Staffordshire.
    Cause of death ?
    Crew of He111 5J + SH of 1./KG 4

    KIA while on mine laying operation at Belfast. The a/c flew into Cairnsmore of Fleet, east of Newton Stewart, Kirkcudbrightshire.

    Chris

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    Default Re: 400809 - Unaccounted Airmen - 09-08-1940

    A few more details on the Heinkel crew,
    HAJESCH, Walter - Unteroffizier- Bordfunker
    MECHSNER, Wilhelm - Unteroffizier- Bordmechaniker
    Von TURCKHEIM, Gernot - No "e" in the surname, his full name and title is Freiherr (Baron) Gernot Von Türckheim zu Altdorf. Unteroffizier- Bombenschutze
    ZEISS, Arthur - Leutnant- Flugzeugführer.
    Aircraft was flying from Soesterberg to Mine lay at Belfast. One mine exploded on impact with Cairnsmore the other was defused.

    Alan.

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