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AC2 Ronald W. BUCKLAND - the Western Morning News of July 12th 1941 reported the following:

DROWNED AT PERRANPORTH
Young Ilfracombe Airman
Bathing at low tide and in heavy breakers at Perranporth, A.C. Ronald Walker Buckland, aged 19, whose home address was Highfield Guest House, Ilfracombe, lost his life last Tuesday week, and at the inquest yesterday on a body beleived to be that of Buckland the Coroner (Mr. L. J. carlyon) returned a verdict of "accidentally drowned."
Dr. K. M. Willis, of Liverpool, an R.A.F. medical officer, who had seen the body, said its condition was compatible with having been immersed in sea water for eight or nine days, and the description agreed with that of Buckland's record, incluidng a scar on the chin.
Eric Stanley Keen, R.A.F., of Faversham, Kent, said Buckland, himself and three others were bathing on the beach at Perranporth. Buckland and a man named Herbert went well out, while the others, who could not swim, remained closer inshore. After 20 minutes they were about to leave the water, when Herbert caught them up and asked them to go for help as Buckland was in difficulties.
Unsuccessfully they searched for a boat, and then found a lifebelt, but it was too short as Buckland had been caried out some distance. Later he disappeared. Dr. Willis observed that Buckland probably panicked and lost his strength. If he had floated he probably would have been all right.


AC2 Eric E. COX - 1440046 - the Thanet Advertiser of July 18th 1941 reported the following:

PHOTOGRAPHER DIES
A well-known Margate photographer, A/C2 Eric Edgar Cox, aged 37 years, of 80 Sweyn Road, who died after serving in the R.A.F. only ten days, was buried at Margate Cemetery last week.
Undergoing an operation for rupture about five years ago, he had since had to avoid physical exertion.
At the end of his first week he was taken to hospital with abdominal pains, and died three days later. A post-mortem examination revealed that he had suffered a recurrence of the rupture.

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Simon