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    Default Unaccounted airmen - 9-8-1941

    What were the places of death registration for:

    AC2 Norman I. DOWNING - 1151868;
    ACW1 Peggy E. THOROGOOD - 884820;
    Cpl Christopher J. WALSH - 34154;
    AC2 Frederick S. WEBSTER - 1000903;
    AC2 Ronald G. WHITEHEAD - 1330458, and
    AC1 Alexander YOUNG - 1304211.

    Proposed aircraft losses for this day:

    Blenheim IV - V6320 - 5 AOS - crashed in forced landing in Peel Channel, Barrow-in-Furness.
    Master II - AZ254 - 8 FTS - flew into high ground Afflechie Farm, 4 miles N of Brechin, Angus.

    Also looking for the aircraft serial of a Whitley returning safe to base, probably missing one of her crew.
    Sgt Richard MYERS - 1378482 - 10 Sqn (Leeming, Yorkshire) missing and commemorated on Panel 49 of the Runnymede Memorial.
    It's known that 10 Sqn was involved in a raid on Kiel 8/9-8-1941.

    Regards and thanks for your help.
    Henk.

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    Henk,

    Cpl C.J. Walsh excepted (not found) all names posted above confirmed by rank, initials and surname are DOAS in Times archive.

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    Thanks Ken. DOAS means for me a record in db but no further research.
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    Hi Henk
    From Warner's Blenheim, V6320, ditched in the Peel Channel. The crew were all injured and picked up. Sgt W Muir, Sgt W Bold, Sgt H Gable, U/T W'Ops, LAC W Darragh and LAC A Campbell. Campbell died on 10/8/41.
    Downing,28, registered at Cambridge,
    Peggy Thorogood,21,registered at Sittingbourne, Kent,
    Walsh,42, registered at Liverpool N.,
    Webster,21, registered at Ely,Cambridgeshire
    Whitehead,26, and Young,19, are both registered at Stroud, Gloucestershire, which might connect them but not to either of your incidents
    Regards
    Dick
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    Hi Henk,

    RNLI Details are:

    AUGUST 9TH. - BARROW, AND FLEETWOOD, LANCASHIRE.
    An aeroplane had come down in the sea off Walney Island, but no trace of her crew could be seen and it was learned later that her crew had been landed. - Rewards : Barrow, 10 12s. ; Fleetwood, 10 16s.

    RNLI Records of Service 1939-46

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    As with my post for 1-3-1941 another casualty recorded by 939 Sqn.

    This time 1030919 AC2 Mason, died as a result of a motorcyle accident while on duty.
    Alan Clark

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    http://www.peakdistrictaircrashes.co.uk/

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    Thanks Al for additional info on MASON.
    Regards and good weekend,
    Henk.

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    From the No.52 OTU ORB

    "AC2 Whitehead and AC1 Young, were killed when riding on Whitehead's motor cycle. They collided with a car on the London Road, Stroud."

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    AC2 Norman I. DOWNING - 1151868 - accidental death, killed when his motor cycle was in collision with car.
    (Chelmsford Chronicle, 15 August 1941)

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    Hello

    ACW1 Peggy E. THOROGOOD - 884820 - the Whitstable Times of August 16th 1941 reported the following:

    MOTOR CAR CRASHES INTO A BUS
    W.A.A.F. Driver Killed and Her Companions Injured
    A shocking motor accident occurred on Saturday afternoon on the Ashford Road between Copton Manor and Porter's Lane. It appears that a vauxhall car, driven by Miss Peggy Eileen Thorogood, W.A.A.F., of Newton's Farm, Rainham, Essex, was followingan army lorry coming towards Faversham and on the bend it tried to pass and crashed into a Maidstone and District bus coming in the opposite direction. Miss Thorogood was killed instantly, and her two companions, Miss Phyllis Stevens, aged 25, of Derby, and Miss Josie Harroden, aged 20, of Epple Road, Birchington, were so severely injured that they had to be removed to the Faversham Cottage Hospital.
    The Coroner, summing up, said it seemed quite clear how the accident happened. He thought the car was following the lorry too closely. It was a common fault. Secondly, the driver apparently did not take sufficient precaution to see that the road was clear before attempting to pull out and pas, which was more important as it was on the bend of the road.
    His verdict would be "Death by Misadventure."

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