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    Default Unaccounted airmen - 16-11-1941

    What were the places of death registration for:

    A - Killed on active service:
    Sgt (Pilot) Cyril COCKS - 1379969;
    P/O (Pilot) Oswald DAVIDSON - 108660, and
    P/O (Pilot) Horace I. HEWLITT - 108665.

    B - Died on active service:
    AC1 Wilfred L. ATTER - 1236756;
    Sgt (Pilot) Alan DAVIS - 742310;
    AC2 William DEAN - 1036648;
    Sgt Beaumont INESON - 943026;
    AC1 William J.O. MATTHEWS - 1121892 - age 31;
    Cpl Owen W. RENNIE - 657021;
    AC1 George R. WADE - 1288793, and
    LAC (Obs u/t) David W.F. WEDDERBURN - 1337251.

    C - Not found Flight archives:
    W/O William A. STEVENS - 188891 - 414 Sqn (Croydon, Surrey).

    D - Previously reported missing, later presumed killed in action:
    F/Lt (Pilot) Sidney BAKER - 4235 ('Flight' 18.2.42: P/O).

    E - Proposed aircraft losses for this day:
    Magister I - P6415 - 4 FIS - flew into high ground Honey Pot Hill, Therfield, near Royston, Cambridgeshire.
    Master III - W8528 - 60 OTU - dived into ground at night North Berwick, East Lothian.
    Oxford I - R6129 - 18 PFTS - abandoned near Retford, Nottinghamshire.
    Oxford II - V3512 - RAFC - flew into high ground Shepshed, Leicestershire.
    Oxford II - V3626 - 12 FTS - flew into high ground Hedgeside Farm, Longnor, Derbyshire (already as casualty on this aircraft: LAC [Pilot u/t] R.H.W. DIX - 1383555).
    Spitfire I - X4713 - 57 OTU - flew into high ground near Ruabon Mountain, Denbighshire.
    Tiger Moth II - R5247 - 19 EFTS - crashed on approach Little Sutton.
    Tiger Moth II - T6572 - 9 EFTS - spun into ground Stanion Lane Pit, Corby, Northamptonshire.

    Regards and thanks for your help.
    Henk.

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    Hi Henk
    Cocks registered at Wrexham, Flintshire the right area for Spitfire X4713
    Davidson,30 and Hewlitt,25, registered at Hitchin,Hertfordshire the right area for Royston(P6415)
    I found 2 possible William Deans, one age35 registered in Border, Cumberland, and the other,age45, registered at Brentwood,Essex
    Ineson,23, registered at Sleaford ,Lincolnshire.
    Matthews,30, registered at Gloucester Rural, the area close to but outside the city of Gloucester
    Wade,21, and Stevens,41 registered at Surrey, Mid East
    Davis is buried at Kinloss, Morayshire,Scotland and may have died there not on the register
    Wedderburn is buried at Prestwick,Ayrshire, also Scotland, not on the register.
    Neither Atter or Rennie came up on the register
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    Thanks Dick. What about F/Lt BAKER ?
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    Hi Henk
    I found 2 Sidney Bakers, one age 44 registered at Rugby, Warwickshire the other, Sidney A Baker,28, registered at Warminster, both in the 1st Qtr of 1942.
    CWGC has the age as 28 but does not have the inital A, the late registration could reflect the time it took to recover the body which was buried in Solihull, Birmingham. The "Missing" and then "Presumed KIA" might also explain the delay to cover an Investigation of the circumstances.The registration places are not near areas that are particularly difficult to reach but the possibility of his coming down in a lake or reservoir can't be ruled out
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    Thanks Dick for clarification.
    Regards,
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    Cyril Cocks was recorded int he No.57 OTU ORB as being killed on Ruabon Mt.

    Raymond Dix was flying solo in Oxford V3626.
    Alan Clark

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    There is a 30 year old Alan Davis registered in Kinloss District, Morayshire per Scotspeople, can;t view the entry of course.
    Also, theres a
    20 year old Wilfred Leslie Atter in Kinloss District, Morayshire.

    There is also an 18 year old David W F Wedderburn in you guessed it, Prestwick District, Ayrshire.

    Owen William Rennie age 24 in East Kilbride District of Lanarkshire.

    Dennis
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    Thanks Al & Dennis for this additional info; will amend my files.
    Regards,
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    I've found out how Wedderburn was killed, he walked into the arc of a propeller.

    The following is from the No.3 Radio School ORB:

    November 16th 1941, “During flying training 1337251 LAC Wedderburn, D. of Course No.13 walks into a Blenheim airscrew and is fatally injured. He dies ten minutes later in the ambulance. A court of inquiry is convened later.”
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    Thanks Al for info on death cause WEDDERBURN.
    Regards,
    Henk.

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