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    Default 15th May 1941 Mystery

    In a post on this site, Henk has asked about some unaccounted Airman on 15th May 1941 there is a reply from Alan Clarke that says "

    "5 FTS ORB

    May 14th 1941, 758256 Sgt u/t Pilot G. Morris, 993683 LAC J.B. Nicholson and 937443
    LAC D. Layton were fatally injured in a flying accident"

    We now know, thanks to Tom Thorne there was at least 2 separate accidents Morris in N7779 and Layton in N7927 (not one flying accident) - But 993683 LAC J.B. Nicholson is a mystery. There is no one by that name on the CWGC for the date or the day before or after. And Tom Thorne adds

    "The interesting thing regarding Johnson is that he is listed on a nominal roll and appears on a course photo. "

    Nicholson is now Johnson.. This may be typo - But I was wondering if there is a J B Nicholson or Johnson listed for Shropshire in the death register for Q2 1941?

    I feel that there is too much detail on 993683 LAC J.B. Nicholson (the fact we have a service number) or Johnson for this to be a be a mistake in the Orb

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    Paul

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    Doh!

    I must have been on auto pilot! Yes, of course it should read Nicholson NOT Johnson!!

    I shall have another look through my files later with regards to NICHOLSON and see if i made any notes in the past. I'm sure (but not positive) that i have checked for J B Nicholson, Nicolson, Nichols, Nicols before with no luck.

    I'll have another look later.

    Cheers, Tom

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    For a dead man he seems to have made a miraculous recovery!!

    Appointment to commission.
    As Pt. Offs. on prob. (emergency): —
    Wt. Offs. 21st July 1944
    993683 James Brown NICHOLSON (185000)

    And a later note in the LG:

    7th Nov. 1944 (p. 5074, col. 2) concerning J. B. NICHOLSON (185000), for NICHOLSON read NICOLSON

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    Last edited by Amrit; 26th September 2008 at 08:58. Reason: additional info

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    Well done Amrit, the plot thickens!

    I wonder if anyone can check if he is in any casualty lists for mid 1941 - perhaps he is listed as injured? Maybe he was on one of the aircraft and survived his injuries?

    Cheers, Tom

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    Yes well done Amrit - Probably injured on this date.. But

    'James Brown' NICOLSON

    Get on Down!

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