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    Default Unaccounted airmen - 3-12-1941

    What were the places of death registration for:

    A - Not found Flight archives:
    W/O Robert E.L. BOORMAN - 356903 - age 47.

    B - Died on active service:
    LAC Francis G. BROOMHALL - 1160103;
    AC2 Christopher GALLIVAN - 1137246;
    AC2 Walter HEAPS - 1533757;
    LAC Daniel LIPMAN - 924811;
    Sgt Robert M. TAIT - 549121, and
    Cpl Geoffrey TOPHAM - 572127.

    C - Aircraft loss for this day:
    Beaufighter I - T4703 - 1 OADU - collided with Beaufighter T4715 on take-off Portreath.

    Regards and thanks for your help.
    Henk.

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    Hi Henk
    Boorman,47,registered at Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire
    Broomhill,21, registered at Newark, Nottinghamshire(1st Qtr '42)
    Gallivan,28, registered at Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
    Heaps,20 registered at Redruth, Cornwall. This might associate him with the Beaufighter at Portreath but for Heaps to have been on board he would either have to be a Tradesman who had worked on the a/c ,or it was OADU'S way of getting him to an overseas posting.
    Lipman,26, registered at Bridgend Glamorgan
    Tait,21, registered at Whitby N Yorkshire(1st Qtr '42)
    Topham,20, registered at Newcastle under Lyme, Staffordshire
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    I don't have anything for these but did come across a fatal accident recorded in the No.1 (C)OTU ORB. The pilot was RAF and is recorded on Runnymede as a Squadron Leader..

    December 3rd 1941, “Hurricane on test flight (Pilot F/Lt Pace) crashed in Solway at 1020 hrs about 100 yards from shore near Skinburness. Most of wreckage subsequently salvaged, but no sign of Pilot. Anson 5368 (No.3 Squadron) forced landed at Bootle, Nr Millom, at 1025 hrs. Crew and aircraft OK. When weather suddenly closed down at 2300hrs Hudson B of No.1 Squadron was unable to land at Silloth but was ultimately landed at Crosby at 0059 hrs on 4th December.”
    Alan Clark

    Peak District Air Accident Research

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

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    Alan and Henk

    Pace is listed as being with 22 MU in the GRO lists. I have the Hurricane as AF985, a Mk X.

    Malcolm

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    Al

    The Hurricane was AF985, I have in on charge to 22 MU.

    regards

    DaveW

    Edit just beaten to it!

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    Thanks friends. AF985 was in my files with S/Ldr PACE. Was the a/c 22 MU and the pilot 1 (C)OTU or the other way round (or mentioned by 1[C]OTU because it happened within their area ?).
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    W/O Robert E.L. BOORMAN - 356903 - was found shot dead in his sleeping quarters at Leighton Buzzard, a service revolver lay near. He won a DCM in the last war.
    (Yorkshire Evening Post, 4 December 1941)

    Martyn

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    BROOMHALL, FRANCIS GEORGE
    Rank: Leading Aircraftman
    Service No: 1160103
    Date of Death: 03/12/1941
    Age: 21
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    Grave Reference: Sec. B.2. North. Grave 290.
    Cemetery: SOLIHULL CEMETERY
    Additional Information: Son of Francis Henry and Jenny Broomhall, of King's Heath, Birmingham. Aircraftman 2nd Class Francis Broomhall died of multiple injuries suffered when his motor cycle collided with a lorry driven by Leading Aircraftman Sidney George Garraway in thick fog at Swinderby.

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    Hello

    AC2 Christopher GALLIVAN - 1137246 - the Gloucesterhire Echo of December 13th 1941 reported the following:

    CONVOY TRAGEDY
    A verdict of "Misadventure" was returned on A.C.2 Christopher Gallivan, aged 28, whose home was in Barry, and who died at an emergency hospital on Wednesday, December 3, from injuries in a collision between his motor cycle and a motor car at Washpool Culvert, on the Winchcombe-Broadway road the previous day.
    Evidence was heard that Gallivan was on convoy duty, and that he was overtaking the leading lorry on a bend when the collision took place with a car driven in the opposite direction by Frank Howard Shotbolt, of Camp, near Stroud.
    In a statement which he confirmed, Mr. Shotbolt said that the motor cyclist tried to get to the corrct side of the road, but got into a wobble and struck the car.


    Cpl Geoffrey TOPHAM - 572127 - the Staffordhire Advertiser of December 13th 1941 reported the following:

    AIRMAN'S DEATH
    A verdict of accidental death was recorded at an inquest on Geoffrey Topham, of Chorlton, Manchester, a corporal in the R.A.F., who died from injuries received in an accident near the Parkhouse Colliery on December 3. It was stated that defendant [sic - deceased] was riding a motor cycle in the direction of Talke, when he drew out from behind a lorry and trailer and came into collision with a lorry driven by James George Kett, of Ponders End, London. The Ditstrict Coroner (Mr. S. A. H. Burne) said htha Kett was in no way to blame for the accident.


    Regards

    Simon

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