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    Default Leading Aircraftman Sidney Kyle.

    Looking for details leading to the loss of this airman, any help very much appreciated.

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    Peter.


    Name: KYLE, SIDNEY
    Initials: S
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Leading Aircraftman
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    Age: 26
    Date of Death: 15/11/1942
    Service No: 952688
    Additional information: Husband of Margaret Crenney Kyle, of Salisbury.
    Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 97.
    Memorial: RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL

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    A number of casualties on that date for the Runnymede Memorial have been listed as being lost on HMS Avenger. However, there are some names that don't indicate this directly with Avenger as "unit". And the Times lists him as Missing Believed Killed on Active Service.

    Maybe that's a possibility. I've never found a full non-RN list for Avenger casualties so can't confirm this.

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    The GRO Death index for RAF Overseas deaths list your man as being with 59 OTU at the time of his death.
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    Andy

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    15th Nov 1942 RAF casualties on cwgc with HMS Avenger

    http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=1804383

    http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=1082940

    http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=1532267

    http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=231731

    http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=1079452

    http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=231879

    http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=1800740

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    Many thanks for your replies.

    Happy Christmas

    Peter.

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    Andy

    Excuse my ignorance but if Kyle was listed with 59 OTU why is on the Overseas deaths list? I thought 59 OTU was based in Northumberland for all of its WW2 service?

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    Sorry for the confusion.
    The death index I refered to was the 'GRO WAR DEATHS R.A.F.ALL RANKS (1939 to 1948)'
    This index contains all RAF deaths not registered in the UK hence my reference to overseas.
    Could it be that since Kyle's Body was never recovered his death was not registered in the UK.
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    Default LAC Sidney KYLE

    Hi all,
    I've him as an airgunner killed during a training flight on Battle L5761. Also killed:
    F/Sgt (Pilot) J.B. MacDermott - 1378189
    Cpl (Obs) John McD. Anthony - 623972.
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    Henk
    Many thanks for the additional info.

    Regards
    Peter.

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    The following report was sent by AHB regarding the loss of LAC Kyle. Could anyone say what is duties would have been during the towing exercise and at what distance would the target have been behind the Battle?

    Any help will be apprecaited.

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    AHB Report.

    Surviving records held in AHB (RAF) show that LAC Kyle was Aircraft hand/Batman aboard Battle aircraft serial number L5761 of 59 Operational Training Unit.
    On the 15th November, 1942 LAC Kyle and his pilot J B Macdermott 1378189, were undertaking a target towing flight when the aircraft was seen to force land on the sea, three miles north of Goswick, Northumberland, at 1035 hours. Although an intensive search was carried out, there was no signs of the aircraft and the occupants. An investigation stated that the crash was due to engine failure but the cause of which could not be determined

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