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    Default Unaccounted airmen - 17-5-1941

    What were the places of death registration for:

    F/Sgt (Airgunner) Reginald COWAN - 535102;
    Sgt Eric P. DIAPER - 563093 - 504 Sqn (Exeter, Devon);
    F/Sgt Jack T. DUNMORE - 741448;
    Sgt (Pilot u/t) Hugh A. HOUNAM - 534390, and
    LAC James N. SWANSTON - 803465.

    Proposed aircraft losses for this day:

    Blenheim I - L1302 - 54 OTU - overshot landing at Church Fenton.
    Defiant I - N1573 - 54 OTU - crashed on take-off at night 3 miles E of Church Fenton.
    Master I - T8638 - 9 FTS - spun into ground at Grittleton, 2 miles WSW of Hullavington, Wiltshire.
    Oxford I - N4604 - 2 FTS - undershot landing at Akeman Street LG.
    Spitfire I - N3046 - 53 OTU - crashed on approach Sealand, Flintshire.

    Regards and thanks for your help.
    Henk.

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    Henk

    Sgt (Pilot u/t) Hugh A. HOUNAM - 534390 is listed as the pilot of Master I - T8638 in 'Wings over Wiltshire' by Rod Priddle. His death was registered at Chippenham.

    Regards,

    Nick

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    Thanks again Henk

    Re Dawson I can easily believe 17 SFTS instead of 17 OTU, but what I can't understand if he died at Cranwell why is he listed on the RAF Overseas Death list !

    Another mystery !

    Thanks again

    Mark

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    Thanks Al and Dick for additional info.
    Mark: On Overseas Death List because he was from Canada ?
    Regards,
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    Just wanted to post on here that P/Off Iain Robertson MacDiarmid 43420 (that is the correct spelling - although as you have noticed it is spelled numerous different ways in official publications) was my great uncle.

    For further info if any of you wanted it he began service pre-war as a pilot Sergeant and was promoted to Pilot Officer after the start of the war.

    I have been unable to find why he was awarded the DFC (his sister - my grandmother - never knew - and had always said he flew Hurricanes, but was moved to training new pilots - something I have not been able to verify) so would be interested if anyone has any information on this.

    There seems to be very little information available about the meteorological flights; was this classified information historically?

    Incidentally my grandmother Catherine C. MacDiarmid 2614 (often shown in records as Catherine Rena MacDiarmid) was an officer in the WAAF (attached to Bomber Command) during the war, and married my grandfather Grp Cpt P A Askew 112477,who was an oral surgeon, after her first fiance (I believe a bomber pilot) was killed in combat
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    Hi Henk
    Cowan,25,is registered at Selby, E Yorkshire,
    Diaper,27 is registered at Devon Central, the right area for an incident E or SE of the city of Exeter
    Hounam,22, is registered at Chippenham which is right for Grittleton
    Dunmore and Swanson did not come up, and Warner records no injuries on L1302
    Regards
    Dick
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    Thanks Nick & Dick for your support.
    Sunny greetings from the continent,
    Henk.

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    Who has a pilot's name for Hurricane V7225 of 1401 Flight, crashed after collision 17-5-1941.
    Regards,
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    Henk, Hi,
    Tell us more about Hurricane V7225! This looks like being the area of interest of Met Flights. Brian (Lyffe on this Forum) is writing these Flights up - I would hate for him to have missed some "copy"!!!
    Weather in S UK unseasonably warm, dry, and sunny. Good gardening weather - unfortunately!!! We will, no doubt, pay for it when the inevitable Equinoctal Gales arrive!!
    But, in the interim, have a good day (and my respects to Carla).
    Rgds
    Peter

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    Hi Henk,

    I have some details on a casualty 17/5/1941 listed on RAF Overseas Deaths :-
    951434 AC2 Ronald DAWSON 17 O.T.U Buried Blackpool cemetery (Canadian ?)

    I was wondering if he was part of the crew of 17 OTU Blenheim V5565 ?

    Mark

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