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    Default Unaccounted airmen - 3-1-1942

    What were the places of death registration for:

    A - Died on active service:
    F/Sgt (Pilot) Stanley W. CRADDUCK - 754585;
    LAC Charles W. HALL - 1358194, and
    LAC Claude WATTS - 1258515 - age 39.

    B - Killed on active service:
    LAC (Pilot u/t) John R. TOMLINSON - 656503.

    C - Proposed aircraft losses:
    Defiant I - N1743 - 60 OTU - crashed on landing East Fortune.
    Hudson III - V9165 - 30 MU - crashed on take-off Sealand.
    Hurricane I - L1695 - 5 FTS - flew into ground Eaton Constantine, near Shrewsbury, Shropshire.
    Hurricane I - L1748 - 55 OTU - flew into ground Broadhill, near Whalton, Northumberland.
    Magister I - N5416 - 10 Grp CF - crashed in forced landing Longbridge.

    Regards and thanks for your help.
    Henk.

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    Henk,
    Cradduck...Oxford.
    Tomlison ....Shrewsbury. (note spelling of surname)
    Watts......Newmarket.
    Hall, there are 2 CW Halls listed, one aged 28 at Willesden, and the other aged 27 at Dartford.

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    Thanks Alan for info. TOMLISON was incorrect in my files. He may have been the pilot of Hurricane L1695 ?
    Regards,
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    Tomlinson was the pilot of L1695,

    January 3rd 1942, “Hurricane L1695 crashed at Eaton Constantine near Shrewsbury and the pupil pilot 656503 LAC Tomlinson, J.R., of No.67 Course, was killed.”

    The 55 OTU accident was a non fatal one,

    January 3rd 1942, “Flying accident to Hurricane L1748 at Broad Mill, Nr Whalton, Northumberland. Pilot 785048 Sgt C. Talalla (Sin halese) uninjured. Cause of accident aircraft struck high tension cables.”
    Alan Clark

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

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    Thanks Al for confirmation TOMLISON (spelled this way by CWGC) and info on Hurricane L1748.
    Regards,
    Henk.

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    Tomlinson was killed when he struck HT cables during unauthorised low flying. Note that his gravestone is marked 'Tomlinson' but CWGC website has him as 'Tomlison'.

    Cheers, Tom

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    Thanks Tom for additional info on TOMLI(N)SON; will check his name in the old CWGC register (not available yet) and inform CWGC if error occured during transfer CWGC-website.
    Regards,
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    Default LAC Claude WATTS

    Cluade WATTS death was registered in Newmarket and he is buried in the family grave with the inscription
    Lg A C CLAUDE WATTS RAF VR
    who lost his life
    January 3rd 1942

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    Oops closed too quickly...I still have no idea as to the circumstances of his death. he is still one of the question marks on my Roll of Honour. He is not on our War Memorial, but I have included him on www.newmarket-remembers.info

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    WATTS died on active service what means not by enemy action or in a flying accident, what would have been "killed" on active service. So his death was due to illness or other kind of accident.
    Regards,
    Henk.

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