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    Default Unaccounted airmen - 26-8-1941

    What were the places of death registration for:

    AC1 Horace BUCKNELL - 354090;
    LAC Max H. CHIVERTON - 1119616;
    Sgt John D. JOHNSTON - 571193 - 35 Sqn (Linton-on-Ouse, Yorkshire);
    P/O (Pilot) Eric W. SWARBRICK - 66604, and
    AC1 Cyril A. WILLOUGHBY - 949185.

    Proposed aircraft losses for this day:

    Blenheim IV - T2440 - 11 Grp AAC - crashed on approach Hornchurch.
    Magister I - T9696 - 5 EFTS - crashed on overshoot Meir.
    Tiger Moth II - N6937 - 19 EFTS - abandoned Pontblydden, near Mold, Flintshire.

    Regards and thanks for your help.
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    Henk,

    Bucknell, age 36, is registered at Winchester
    Chiverton, age 30, Swindon
    Johnston, age 20, Leeds. (This would fit with Linton-on-Ouse)
    Swarbrick, age 26, Hornchurch. (Name is given as Swarsbrick on CWGC and in register; could be right for Blenheim T2440)
    Willoughby, age 21, Aylesbury

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    David

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    Hi Henk
    Warner's Blenheim confirms Swarsbrick, killed as the solo pilot on T2440
    Regards
    Dick

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    AC1 Horace BUCKNELL - Died on Active Service
    LAC Max H. CHIVERTON - DIED OF WOUNDS OR INJURIES RECEIVED ON ACTIVE SERVICE.
    Sgt John D. JOHNSTON - DIED on ACTIVE SERVICE - page 330, Nov 6th magazine, pencil mark on original page passing through the D.
    P/O (Pilot) Eric W. SWARBRICK - Killed on active service
    AC1 Cyril A. WILLOUGHBY - Died on active service
    Last edited by dennis_burke; 18th November 2009 at 22:04. Reason: added DOAS to Bucknell
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    Thanks friends for this excellent info; will amend my files.
    Regards,
    Henk.

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    Default Unaccounted airmen - 26-8-1941

    ""Sgt John D. JOHNSTON - DIED on ACTIVE SERVICE - Johnston, age 20, Leeds. (This would fit with Linton-on-Ouse)""

    Why is that, Leeds is not the registration district for Linton On Ouse ?! Anyone know further details please ?

    Regards Rich

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    Re Johnston - I have an Australian in my database from 460 Sqdn based at Breighton who died in June 1942 of gastro enteritis at Highroyds Hospital Menston near Leeds. This was in fact a mental hospital but was obviously used in the war to treat service personnel who were suffering from illness. Whilst I have no evidence I suspect that Johnston may have met a similar fate.
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    Johnston died as a result of a flying accident (Halton Roll of Honour) but the nearest accidents to this are L9490 and L9495 both on 17/7/1941 but there is no mention of any injuries in either of these a/c in Chorley or the updates.

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    Default Unaccounted airmen - 26-8-1941

    I concur with John, Halifax's L9495 and L9490 were nearest two 35 Sqdn Yorkshire-based incidents prior to Johnston's death; should be die as a result of some form of flying accident, however I do not have any deaths atributed to either of these Halifax incidents.

    L9495 was piloted by S/Ldr Tait DSO DFC, no injuries reported.
    L9490 damaged on the same day, initially as Cat B, then re-Cat E (or W), no crew given.

    The problem begins here. Almost always any serious air-related injuries in the Vale of York, the Friarage Hospital at Northallerton, or Fulford Hospital, York dealt with them. So I can't work out if he had survived this incident from mid-July 1941 why he was taken to a hospital in Leeds.

    Can I throw another incidents into the hat.... 7 aug 1941, Whitley Z6835 of 58 Sqdn crashed into a hanger at base, what if he sustained injuies as a result of this ?

    I have no other Linton-based Units having damage between this date and his death anywhere else in Yorkshire, or any flying accidents anywhere near Leeds in the days upto his death. perhaps the closest to Leeds was Defiant V1180 north of Sheffield already discussed. Is the Halton Roll correct ?

    Anyone any clues ! ? Cheers Rich

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    I was concerned that posting this next batch of answers from the F1180s would have put Henk under too much pressure to update after his request to remove his user name.

    I now post them to contine his legacy on RAF Commands.

    Chiverton now listed under crash of Oxford 25-8-1941

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