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    Hi Henk
    Ulverston is the right area for the incident in Malcolm's post. Warner has it on 9/8/41 and mentions the ditching in Peel Channel, Barrow in Furness which is within the Ulverston area.He mentions that Campbell died of injuries the following day i.e. 10/8/41
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    Thanks friends. Are more names known of surviving crew ?
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    Hi Henk
    Also from Warner's Blenheim, the other names were
    Sgt W Muir, Sgt W Bold, Sgt H Gable, with the trainees LAC A Campbell and LAC W Darragh, all on board were rescued with injuries and Campbell, as you know, died next day
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    Thanks Dick for additional info.
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    Hello

    AC2 Glyn DAVIES - 1408724 - the Lancashire Evening Post of August 13th 1941 reported the following:

    30-FT. FALL MYSTERY AT BLACKPPOL
    An open verdict, "there being no evidence as to how he came by his untimely end, " was returned by Deputy Coroner (Mr. A. L. Ashton) ata Blackpool inquest last nigh on Glyn Davies (20), a member of the R.A.F., of Maested [sic - Maesteg?], Glamorgan, who, in the early hours of Sunday morning was found by a police officer lying unconscious outside 369, Promenade, Blackpool, where he had been staying, apparently having fallen distance of 30 feet from a bedroom window.
    According to the evidence of the three men who occupied the same room, Davies, in their company, had beer and chips during Saturday night, but they were quite sober. He was not the type of person likely to take his own life, and to their knowledge had never been in the habit of sleepwalking. Davies was first in bed that night, and they knew nothing more until roused by police. When they retired for the night th window was shut and the blacckout on.
    One witness said Davies might have felt the alck of air in the room after his beer and chips, and having opened the window leaned out too far.


    Cpl Robert E. REEVES - 107958 - the Portsmoth Evening News of August 14th 1941 reported the following:

    MIDNIGHT SEA DRAMA
    Upturned Boat
    An upturned dinghy, two men struggling in the water, with the dark shadows of the night closed around them, and a pognant cry for ehlp from a man who cluld not swim, were points in a midnight drama in the upper reaches of Portsmouth Hrbour, the story of which was infolded to the Coroner for South Hampshire, Major G. H. Warner, at the inquest at Gosport yesterday on Robert Edwin Reeves (45), a coproal fitter of aero engines, serving in the Royal Air Force.
    The story was told by a comrade of the dead man, Corporal Reece Malcolm Dowes, who said that he and Reeves, on Sunday night last, were preparing to put off to a motor launch in order to go on duty for the night. Dowse said he was in a dinghy holding it steady for Reeves to embark, when the next thing he knew the craft had capsized and they were both in the water.
    "The tide was taking us up the harbour, " went on Dowse, " so I told him to hang on to my tunic, and I started to swim for the landing pontoon, which was four or five yards away. I reched the pontoon and turned to give Reeves a hand, but he had gone."
    [Reeves] was not found until the next morning. The Coroner returned a verdict of "accidental drowning."

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    Hello again

    F/Sgt (Pilot) John B. RAFFELS - DFM - 745744 - the 23 Sqn ORB Form 540 for July 1941 has the following entry:

    25.7.41
    Two Havocs operated from Manston. F/O Ensor bombed St. Omer Longueness where the lights were put on. F/O Ensor put on his navigation lights, whereupon green cartridges were fired. Three large fires and two smaller fires were started by the bombing. Sgt. Raffles [sic] bombed some searchlights near Ostend. On taking off from Manston to return to base he crashed and the crew were taken badly burned to Margate Hospital where, on 10.8.41, Sgt. Raffles unfortunately died of his injuries [but see below].

    ORB Form 541, July 25th 1941:

    Havoc YP-R
    Sgt. Raffels
    Sgt. Richardson
    Sgt. Forsythe

    Finally, the ORB Form 540 from August 1941:

    10/8/41 745744 Sgt. Raffles [sic], Pilot, died in A.M. Hospital, Halton, as result of injuries sustained in flying accident.

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    Simon

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