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    I'm researching my late father's family and on a recent trip to the library I found out a Frank Willis was killed in active service 21/04/1941 and that his death is registered at Leeds even though he was born in Bradford and he is buried in Bradford. Can anyone help me with anymore info on him please ie like how he was killed etc. Much appreciated. Regards Sue

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    Hello Sue,

    I can't help with details of his death, but if you haven't already looked at the entry for him on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website you can find it here http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=2406857

    Not many details you don't already have probably but it gives the names of his wife and parents.

    Hopefully someone will be able to provide more info about what happened to him. It was often (but not always) the case with RAF personnel who died in the UK that they were buried in their home town rather than where their death occurred/was registered.

    Regards
    Linzee

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    Hello Sue,

    not much to go on but he was briefly mentioned last year on this forum at this thread

    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?p=25818

    I updated it tonight by finding the death 'status' for want of a better description from the Flight Magazine Archives which printed each week the RAF Casualty lists.


    AC2 Frank Willis is listed in Air Ministry Casulaty List No. 70

    as Died on Active Service.

    I would take this to mean a death from natural causes or through a non service related accident, motor vehicle etc.

    If you ordered his death certificate from the GRO it might give some idea but it might not clearly state what caused his death.

    His reference from the GRO Index is
    Willis Frank age 28 Registered Leeds; Volume 9 b, Page 445

    You wrote Killed in Active Service above, did you find this listed elsewhere or was it yoru own words as such.

    Note also, if you click on the cemetery details on the CWGC site it states that many burials in Bradford are connected to the large hospital located there.
    http://www.cwgc.org/search/cemetery_details.aspx?cemetery=46317&mode=1
    Dennis Burke
    - Dublin

    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
    www.ww2irishaviation.com

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