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    Default Botha L6205, 8 July 1940

    Hi, is anyone able to give the name of the pilot killed in this accident near Ellerker, Yorkshire on 8th July 1940 following it crashing on an airtest from Blackburns at Brough.

    There may have been a survivor and if so what was his name please?

    Thanks for your ongoing help. Regards Rich Allenby

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    Hello Rich,
    If killed the pilot may have been a civilian employee from Blackburn and not registered by the CWGC. The only name in my files unaccounted for this date is Sgt Frank S. KING - 514418 (place of death registration not known) however "died" on active service.
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    He is registered in Bathavon district, Somerset
    http://www.ukbmd.org.uk/genuki/reg/districts/bathavon.html

    i'd sugest fatalities would be registered in teh Holderness District.

    http://www.ukbmd.org.uk/genuki/Reg/districts/holderness.html
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    Posting a reply to myself here !! Henk, this may help you..

    The pilot of Botha L6205 was one Mr Douglas F C Brecknell. Formerly an RAFO pilot in the 1920s and had formerly worked for Jersey Airways Ltd before the war.

    regards Rich Allenby

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    Thanks Rich; will add this to my files.
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    Purely for additional interest:

    Douglas F C Becknell's death registered in Holderness aged 32. Birth registered as Douglas Frank C Becknell in Avon, Gloucestershire in fourth quarter of 1907.
    There is a also a National Probate Calendar (Index of wills and administration) record:
    "Brecknell, Douglas Frank Charles, of 262 Anlaby Rd, Kingston upon Hull, died 8 July 1940 at Ellerker Sands, Ellerker, Yorkshire
    Administration York 17 March to Audrey Mary Brecknell widow and David Campbell Ling captain HM Army."

    Cheers, Tom

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    Thanks Tom for additional info of Mr. D.F.C. Brecknell.
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    Tom, many thanks for this additional info. looks like we have our man.

    In addition he was the pilot of DH Fox Moth G-ABYO that crashed in Wales on 18th June 1934.

    Regards Rich
    Last edited by Rich Allenby; 23rd September 2010 at 21:51.

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