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    Default P.O. James R. TOWNLEY - Pilot - 1944

    Anyone please have knowledge of the circumstances of the death of the below named who has appeared during the course of research into our village casualties, and has a tenuous link here:-

    Name: TOWNLEY, JAMES RAYMOND
    Initials: J R
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Pilot Officer (Pilot)
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    Age: 28
    Date of Death: 27/09/1944
    Service No: 185161
    Additional information: Son of Robert and Helen Townley;
    husband of Hilda Townley, of Preston.
    Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Sec. M. C. of E. Grave 399. Cemetery: PRESTON

    The date of his death is at the time of the Arnham campaign but no inference is made that he is associated with it.

    No trace The Times but Flight, February, 1945 has him as 'Killed on Active Service'.

    Stewart
    Last edited by Stewart McLoughlin; 9th January 2009 at 11:31.

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    His death is registered in Newark District, Nottinghamshire.
    http://www.ukbmd.org.uk/genuki/reg/districts/newark.html

    Might help narrow down things.

    RAF men Sgt Norman E Mead (W/OP), Sgt. THomas W Lightley (Flt/Engr), Sgt. George P Barber (Air Bomber), Sgt Anthony T Collins (Nav), Sgt Stanley C Howard (Air Gnr) and Sgt Kenneth Clayton (Air Gnr) also died that day and are registered in same district. So its likely he died in a UK training accident. There also might be Commonwealth airmen involved.

    8 airmen suggests a heavy bomber crash. Someone will set you correct shortly.

    Determined from: http://www.hut-six.co.uk/cgi-bin/search39-47.php
    Last edited by dennis_burke; 9th January 2009 at 12:30.
    Dennis Burke
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    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
    www.ww2irishaviation.com

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    Hi Stewart
    From Chorley BCL Vol 8.Townley died piloting Stirling III,LK453 of 1654 HCU, based at Wigsley.On return from night bombing practice they were advised to circle to await an improvement in visibility. Whilst doing so the a/c went out of control and crashed about 1 ml N of the airfield at 0110, killing all on board. The crew were returned to their home towns for burial. As you note Townley was married to a Preston girl and was taken there.
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    Dick

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    Brilliant as usual gentlemen.
    Many thanks.
    Stewart

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