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    Default Unaccounted airmen 5-1-1942

    What were the places of death registration for:
    LAC Sidney W. KELLY - 534180 - 144 Sqn (North Luffenham, Rutland), and
    AC2 Alfred A. VAUGHAN - 1215021,
    both names not found in Flight archives.

    Also looking for unit and possible cause of death of the following airmen, commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial:
    P/O Norman C. DAVIES - 111528 - Panel 69, and
    LAC Robin H. WILLIAMS - 1380487 - Panel 98.

    Proposed aircraft losses:
    Blenheim IV - T1956 - 1 AAS - crashed in forced landing Donna Nook.
    Defiant I - L7032 - 60 OTU - crashed on overshoot East Fortune.
    Master III - W8711 - 1 FTS - bellylanded 2 miles S of Netheravon.
    Spitfire I - X4608 - 52 OTU - crashlanded Aston Down.
    Tiger Moth II - T6023 - 4 EFTS - flew into ground off Weighton Lock, near Faxfleet, Yorkshire.
    Tomahawk I - AH790 - 268 sqn - overshot landing Snailwell.

    Regards and thanks for your help.
    Henk.

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    Sidney W. KELLY - age 25 Nottingham District, he is buried in Nottingham also.
    Alfred A. VAUGHAN -
    There is a age match in: 21 year old ALEC A VAUGHAN in the Oxford district. CWGC has him as Alfred Alick Vaughan.
    Scotlandspeople suggests no one named Vaughan and first initial A deid in Scotland in 1942.

    I can't help with Davies and Williams.

    regards

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    P/O F H Smith overshot on landing at Snailwell in Tomahawk AH790 and whilst braking hard to avoid workmen on the runway, overturned his aircraft. P/O Smith was lucky to escape with only a badly sprained wrist from the accident, whilst the Tomahawk was declared Category B - beyond repair on site, i.e. repairable at a Maintenance Unit or at a contractor's works.

    See:
    ADJIDAUMO "Tail inAir":The History of No.268 Squadron Royal Air Force 1940 - !946. Vol.I of 2.
    Ford,Colin.
    Woden:Author,2004.
    p.88

    Col.B

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    Thanks Col and Dennis for quick response.
    Regards,
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    Henk,

    RAF Overseas War Deaths 1939-1948 :-

    111528 P/O Norman C DAVIES Unit 4 AFTS (EFTS)
    1380487 LAC Robin H WILLIAMS Unit 4 EFTS

    Tiger moth crew !

    Mark

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    Thanks Mark for this valuable info.
    For Rich Allenby: Is it possible that the crash site "off Weighton Lock, near Faxfleet, Yorkshire" is an inaccessible area and the crew still have a field grave ? (Or severely burnt and identification impossible ?).
    Regards,
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    Hi Henk

    Rich may be able to give more precice information but Weighton Lock is a physical lock gate which holds water from the Market Weighton Canal prior to discharge in the River Humber. The Humber is formed at this location from the Rivers Trent and Ouse. The description 'off Weighton Lock' may well imply that the aircraft actually went down in the main river Humber and the crew were not recovered. During low tide the area is mud and sand and thus may be considered to fit the term 'into the ground'.
    These are just my thoughts - I have no proof of this

    Cheers

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    Thanks Eddie. Let's see what Rich comes up with being his area of interest.
    Regards,
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    Living in East Yorkshire near the Humber, I can vouch for the fact that it is quite easy to be lost in the mud of this tidal estuary and not surface as evindenced by some jumpers from the Humber Bridge who have never been found

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    AC2 A A Vaughan listed DOAS April 2nd 1942 magazine, can't find Kelly in there.
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