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    Default Unaccounted airmen - 1-9-1941

    What were the places of death registration for:

    F/Sgt Cyril COLEMAN - 534212;
    AC2 Ernest G. GASSON - 1230818;
    Sgt James JORDAN - 516919;
    LAC Ernest L. MESS - 633558;
    P/O George B. RUSHTON - 62204;
    AC2 Douglas SMOOTHY - 1441078;
    F/O Alexander A.F.T. STEAVENSON - 85756 (age 56), and
    Sgt (Pilot) David L. WILLACY - 1014571.

    Proposed aircraft losses for this day:

    Blenheim IV - Z6049 - 74 Wing Cal Flt - crashed on take-off Duxford.
    Hurricane I - V7467 - 59 OTU - flew into ground 1 mile N of Glen Capel, Dumfries.
    Master I - N8064 - 9 FTS - spun into ground Lacock, Wiltshire (already as a casualty on this a/c: Soldier 2.Cl/Pilot u/t V.D.J. JANSEN - 1149978 (from The Netherlands).
    Master I - T8884 - 9 FTS - crashed on take-off Castle Combe.

    Regards and thanks for your help.
    Henk.

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    F/Sgt Cyril COLEMAN - DOAS (Flight record is Flt Sgt C. COLMAN). Buried in Jurby, Isle of Mann so is that a different death register? See below, from IoM and died there.

    AC2 Ernest G. GASSON - DIED OF WOUNDS OR INJURIES RECEIVED ON ACTIVE SERVICE (Found by Ken McClean in The Times, below), Age 25, Howden district;

    Sgt James JORDAN - Can't see him in flight: ;Age 26, Henley district;

    LAC Ernest L. MESS -DOAS found by Ken Mclean below in The Times, Age 20, New Forest District.

    P/O George B. RUSHTON - DOAS, Age 32 Wellington District;

    AC2 Douglas SMOOTHY - Died of Wounds or Injuries rec'd on active service; Age 19, Howden District; named as Douglas A Smoothy, His birth is registered with middle initial A also.

    F/O Alexander A.F.T. STEAVENSON - DOAS, Died in Isle of Mann, born in India.

    Sgt (Pilot) David L. WILLACY - KOAS, Registered in Scotland and in Caerlaverock district of Dumfries, needs confirming however.

    Jordan

    Thats for now at least

    Dennis
    Last edited by dennis_burke; 6th December 2008 at 18:47. Reason: Added district for Willacy, added details for Coleman and Smoothy at 17:29, edited entire post 18:46
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    Rushton was serving at RAF High Ercall and was killed in a car crash in Wellington.

    Cheers, Tom

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    Steavenson is on CWGC age 56 and buried in Scotland so may have died there. I believe the Isle of Man registers are separate from England and Wales.
    Warner has no casualties or injury on Z6049, where the an u/c leg collapsed on take-off. DBF. W/O G Smith and crew escaped
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    A Manx Man!

    http://www.isle-of-man.com/manxnotebook/famhist/genealgy/ww2.htm

    STEAVENSON. A. F. T. (56), F/O. R.A.F., Seafield, Ramsey. - Died in Noble's Hospital, August 31st, 1941.

    COLEMAN, Flight-Sergeant Cyril, Albert Terrace, Ramsey. - Killed in road accident, September, 1941. , '

    Now if that is not the most useful site I've found in a while.....

    Cheers
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    Thanks Dennis
    Steavenson is buried at Kirk Maughold which,I have now found,is just SW of Ramsey on the Isle of Man. I took the Kirk to indicate Scotland!! Shows you how much UK geography I know!!
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    Henk,

    Times casualty lists: AC2 E.G. Gasson Died of Wounds or Injuries Received on Active Service, LAC E.L. Mess DOAS. Sgt. Jordan, AC2 Smoothy not found.

    Cheers, Ken

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    Thanks Ken, below is the text as scanned from Flight after a bit of tootling around, one would never find them unless you were thinking well outside and away from the box!

    DIED OF WOUNDS OR INJURIES RECEIVED ON ACTIVE SERVICE.A/CS E. G. Gaeson;
    DIED ON ACTIVE SEnvirE. L.A.C. E. L. Miw;

    The scans are a little blurred perhaps and the OCR software read them as above.

    I did find Smoothy and fed the details back into my first posting above. Jordan still outstanding.

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    Thanks friends for all your support; much appreciated. Best regards from a sunny corner (Zelhem) somewhere in the east of The Netherlands.
    Henk.

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    Hello

    Sgt (Pilot) David L. WILLACY - 1014571 - the Dumfries and Galloway Standard of September 6th 1941 reported the following:

    ANNAN AIRMAN KILLED
    News has been received in Annan this week of the death of Flight-Sergeant David L. Willacy, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Willacy, Moat Road, Annan, who was killed in a aircraft accident in this country on Monday.


    The Graves Registration Form confirms him as being with 59 O.T.U., so that would imply he was piloting V7467.

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    Simon

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