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    Default Unaccounted airwoman and airmen - 19-12-1941

    What were the places of death registration for:

    A - Not found Flight archives:
    W/O Alphonse ASHFORD - 541690;
    AC2 T. (first name not known) DUFFY - 1348030;
    Cpl Gerald REECE - 640363, and
    LAC (Pilot u/t) Thomas P. WATT - 1371023.

    B - Died on active service:
    ACW2 Phyllis HICKS - 442668.

    C - Also looking for the unit of:
    F/Sgt Thomas HAZELWOOD - 542041, commemorated on Panel 36 of the Runnymede Memorial. (It's possible that he went missing on board HMS 'Stanley').

    D - Proposed aircraft losses for this day:
    Hurricane I - V6876 - 8 FTS - crashed on landing Montrose, Angus.
    Hurricane I - V7052 - 5 FTS - crashed on take-off Ternhill, Shropshire.
    Tiger Moth II - R5190 - 22 EFTS - crashed on approach at night near Long Stowe, Cambridgeshire.
    Master II - AZ245 - 8 FTS - crashed on overshoot Stracathro.
    Hotspur II Glider - BT488 - Airborne Forces Establishment - dived into ground near Ringway.

    Regards and thanks for your help.
    Henk.

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    Hi Henk,

    Hotspur II Glider - BT488

    DATE: December 19, 1941
    TAKE-OFF POINT: Ringway, Manchester
    CRASH LOCATION: Near Ringway, Manchester
    AIRCRAFT TYPE & SERIAL: General Aircraft Hotspur Mk II BT488
    CREW FATALITIES: Sgt J.V. Rutter, P; Lt D.N. Timms, Obs (both Airborne Forces Establishment); Volunteers – Sgt H. Harrison; Pte H.E. Hornby; Pte L.W. Felton; Pte M. Pilkington; Pte G.M. Keogh – all of the Border Regiment, part of the First Air Landing Brigade
    PURPOSE OF TEST FLIGHT: The Hotspur, under tow, was undertaking air sickness trials of more than 2hr duration.
    ACCIDENT DETAIL: After 1½hr, deteriorating weather brought the trials to a close and the Hotspur was released from the tug, instantly climbing steeply, stalling and entering a spin. The spin was recovered but the glider entered a steep dive impacting a field and disintegrating, killing all on board

    http://www.testflyingmemorial.com/1940-45.htm

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    Thanks Pavel. The website you refer to was bookmarked but the idea to check didn't cross my mind.
    Regards,
    Henk.

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    I can only help with LAC Watt, he was with No.8 FTS at the time of his death.

    December 19th 1941, 1371023 LAC Watt T.P. killed in Master AZ245 whilst solo flying at Stracathro. Machine crashed outside the boundary of Stracathro Aerodrome. Accident investigated by W/Cdr Hodder on 21/12/41.
    Alan Clark

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

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    Hi Henk
    Ashford,22, registered at Sleaford, Lincolnshire
    Reece,20, registered at St Asaph, Denbighshire, Wales
    Phyllis Hicks,20, registered at Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, possibly means she died in Hospital at RAF Halton.
    Duffy, is buried in Scotland and may have died there
    Regards
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    Hi Henk, Hurricane V7052 was a minor accident with the aircraft striking some building materials when the engine cut on take off and no serious injuries.

    Cheers, Tom

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    Hi Henk, with pleasure - I have sometimes the same problem:-)

    Pavel
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    Thanks friends for all your worthwhile help.
    Regards,
    Henk.

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    Hi Henk,

    F/Sgt Hazelwood unit is indeed 'HMS Stanley' RAF Overseas War Deaths 1939-1948 !

    Mark

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    Thanks Mark for confirmation HAZELWOOD.

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