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Thread: Sgt John Smith Whitehead - 1313044 - Died 17/6/43

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    Default Sgt John Smith Whitehead - 1313044 - Died 17/6/43

    Hello again,

    Could someone please help with this request.

    The mentioned Airman was a W.Op/Air Gunner and I was wondering if anyone has any information relevant to his demise. Sgt Whitehead is buried in Aberbeeg Cemetery, Abertillery, South Wales.

    Any information will be truly appreciated.

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    Steve.

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    He was onboard Lancaster ED381 on a training flight with 1656 HCU which collided in the air above Brize Norton with Wellington BJ845 from 27 OTU.

    Source: RAF Bomber Command Losses Voume 8 by W R Chorley

    Linzee

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    Hi Steve
    If Whitehead had died at Brize Norton his death would be registered at Witney, Oxfordshire but his is registered at Swindon. Chorley places the crash site of the a/c as at Highworth which is 5mls from Swindon, following the collision over Brize.If Whitehead survived the collision and died in Hospital it would most likely have been Wroughton, an RAF Hospital just S of Swindon
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    Hi Dick and Linzee,

    Thank you both for the information concerning Sgt Whitehead. So he could have died at RAF Wroughton Hospital, which as you said is near Swindon. I take it Brize Norton and Swindon are quite close to one another in aircraft flying terms. Appreciated.

    As for OTU and HCU losses by Chorley, I think they are on the way for Christmas. Well, here's hoping.

    Regards.

    Steve.

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