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    Could anyone please provide any information they have regarding the circumstances of the death of 655449 Warrant Officer Frank Leslie who is recorded by the CWGC as a Pilot with 22 Squadron. He died on the 3rd September 1943 aged 22. He is interred at Witton Cemetery in Birmingham. However, at that time, 22 Squadron was based in the Far East with Beauforts and had been foe some time.

    I would be most grateful for any information that anyone can provide.

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    kev35

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    The death of a Francis J Leslie aged 22 is recorded in the 3rd q. 1943 at Pembroke. If this is the correct man he was possibly with 228 Squadron at Pembroke Dock.
    HTH

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    Kev

    may I ask where you got 22 Squadron from as there is no unit listed on his CWGC entry

    Name: LESLIE, FRANK
    Initials: F
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Warrant Officer (Pilot)
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force
    Age: 22
    Date of Death: 03/09/1943
    Service No: 655449
    Additional information: Son of Francis William and Elsie Gladys Leslie, of Birmingham; husband of Elsie Leslie, of Ladywood, Birmingham.
    Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Sec. 55. Grave 9691.
    Cemetery: BIRMINGHAM (WITTON) CEMETERY

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    Firstly, a huge thank you for your help. Now comes the explanation and apology. I was visiting a specific Serviceman's grave at Witton this afternoon, as I do every year now. I photographed a number of other graves including Warrant Officer Leslie's. It appears that somehow I have managed to delude myself into accepting that his age was in fact the Squadron he served with. My apologies for making such a pratt of myself. having said that it's not the first time and I have a suspicion it won't be the last.

    DaveW.

    Thanks for your information, it's a possible lead to follow up.

    Regards,

    kev35

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    Another look reveals the crashes at Carew Cheriton airfield of Oxfords X6813 and V3976 of 10 Radio School on this day. Henk may have the casualties in his file.

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    Unfortunately Henk only has one..............
    X6813 of 10 RS - hit by V3976 on landing Carew Cheriton damaged byond repair; killed on X6813:
    W/OČ (Wop/Ag) Wilfred J. LOUDEN - RCAF R/69272.
    "They Shall Grow Not Old" (Allison): Louden was killed when his Oxford aircraft X6813 and Oxford V3976 collided at the intersection of the runways at Carew Cheriton. The landing aircraft struck a taxying aircraft, four other airmen, not Canadians, were also killed.
    Still checking CWGC-registers with database and sofar for this day on my unaccounted list:
    LAC John HALL - 1356175 - 2781 Sqn RAF Regt.;
    LAC Arthur R. JACOB - 1468779 - 5015 Airfield Construnction Sqn.;
    AC1 David C. McLEAN - 1795689 (from N.Ireland) - 2781 Sqn RAF Regt.;
    Sgt (Wop/Ag) Kenneth J. MAY - 1458560;
    P/O Hubert G. PRICE - 122836 (death registered at Pembroke);
    Sgt William D. SAUNDERS - 631116 (death registered at Perth, Scotland);
    Cpl John H. SMITH - 508388, and
    Cpl Sydney E. WOODHOUSE - 521 Sqn (Docking, Norfolk).
    Regards,
    Henk.

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    Henk,

    McClean is registered at Chichester, I cannot pick out the other 2781 S man from all the other John Hall's but he is not at Chichester.

    Jacob at Oxford
    May at Pembroke
    John Smith is not in the English register
    Woodhouse at Fakenham

    Saunders died of natural causes.

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    DaveW

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    W/O. F. Leslie was attached to 10 Radio School at RAF Carew Cheriton at the time of his death. Oxfords V3976 & X6813 collided on the intersections of the runways. The crew details are listed below:

    Oxford V3976.

    W/O. F. Leslie - Pilot; Sgt. G.A. Wareham - Wireless Operator/Air Gunner; Sgt. W.J. Louden - Wireless Operator/Air Gunner.

    Oxford X6813.

    Sgt. A.C. Taylor - Pilot; Sgt. K.J. May - Wireless Operator; P/O. H.G. Price - Air Traffic Controller.

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    Deric.
    Researching RAF Carew Cheriton.

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    Sgt William D. SAUNDERS - 631116 -Died in a Scottish Military Hospital. He joined the RAF in Jan 1939 was sent to Rhodesia shortly after the outbreak of war. He was invalided home a year ago and admitted to hospital four and a half months ago.
    (Dundee Courier, 6 September 1942)

    Martyn

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