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    On my old village memorial there is 1 civilian and 4 RAF,I have accounted for the civilian and 2 of the RAF gentlemen,but 2 are eluding me,

    1069816, AC2 Thwaytes H, RAFVR, 251Sqd? Age 20, died 4/2/1941, Kartoum War Cemetery 2.C.15,

    527168, LAC James T A, RAF, ??Sqd Age 29, died 12/9/1942, Alamein Memorial,Col 264,


    any pointers wil be grafully recieved,

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    Flight Magazine dated March 6th, 1941 in the Air Ministry Casualty Listings lists

    A/C.2 H Thwaytes 1069816 - Died on Active Service

    This would suggest that he died as a result of illness or an accident while off duty.

    251 Squadron did not exist at the time so that might be an typo of some sort on the CWGC. Some one with access to RAF GRO index might find different info.
    Dennis Burke
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    All i can find for T A James is

    December 2nd, 1943, Flight casualty listings give him as

    PBEVIOUSLY REPORTED MISSING. NOW PRESUMED KILLED ON ACTIVE SERVICE
    L.A/C T. A. JAMES

    The search engine for Flight is here:
    http://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/search.aspx
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    GRO has for Thwaytes 251 AMES which, from RAFFTSU, gives Air Ministry Experimental Station, ground radar station.


    James was with HMT SS Laconia, sunk by U-156 12/9/42 with many casualties.

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    Thank you and regards,

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    Just to note, I informed the CWGC and they updated Twaytes entry on the databsae to reflect 251 AMES.

    Name: THWAYTES, HARRY
    Initials: H
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Aircraftman 2nd Class
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    Unit Text: 251 A.M.E.S.
    Age: 20
    Date of Death: 04/02/1941
    Service No: 1069816
    Additional information: Son of William J. and Eleanor A. Thwaytes, of Warcop, Westmorland.
    Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 2. C. 15.
    Cemetery: KHARTOUM WAR CEMETERY

    They have done this a number of times for me this year, os no harm to let them know when you think something is amiss.
    Dennis Burke
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