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    Default Unaccounted airmen - 17-6-1940

    What caused the death of the following four airmen (three of them killed on active service [Flight Global], one not in Flight Global and The Times archives), all assigned to 24 Squadron, Hendon, Middlesex.
    Buried Tangmere (St.Andrew) Churchyard, Sussex (UK4544):
    P/O (Pilot) Hedley E. LARGE - 41795
    LAC Wilfred A. HARPER - 540221
    LAC Ernest WRAGG - 540496
    Buried Chichester Cem., Sussex (UK4383):
    F/O Colman O'S. MURPHY - 39892 (name not found in archives)

    Regards and thanks for your help.
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    Default Unaccounted airmen - 17-6-1940

    Forgot to mention an aircraft proposal:

    Bombay I - L5852 - 271 Sqn - flew into high ground East Dean, Sussex.

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    Henk

    I think the Bombay is the right one as all four airmen's deaths are registered at Chichester and East Dean is in that administration.

    regards

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    Hi,

    East Dean is in East Sussex, just along from Seaford (between Seaford and Eastbourne but nearer Seaford). West Dean is near Chichester. There was a landing ground near the Seven Sisters round that way(East Dean I mean).

    All the best,

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    Last edited by Ann Sadler; 30th December 2007 at 14:21. Reason: correction

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    Hello Ann

    Yes you are correct, the airfield you refer to is, I believe, Friston. However there is another East Dean 6m NE of Chichester.

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    Hi Dave,

    Well you learn something every day - I didn't know that there were two East Deans. Never ever noticed it on a map or whilst over that way. I shall go and have a look now. Yep, Friston was the place that I was thinking of, for the life of me I couldn't remember the name, again, have spent many a time chasing the kids around in Friston Forest - must be going senile early!!!

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    Default Unaccounted airmen - 17-6-1940

    Thanks Dave for your info. Look forward for your help the coming year (about 6 hours away from now).
    Regards and the best wishes for the new year.
    Henk.

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    Default Extra crewman on Bombay L5852?

    Could Aircraftman 1st Class Leonard Bradburn, RAF 550047, 24 Sqdn., age 21, 17/06/1940, Tangmere (St. Andrew) Churchyard, UK also have been aboard this Bombay of 271 Squadron?
    Last edited by Bart FM Droog; 8th February 2008 at 14:50. Reason: part text fell away

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    Default Ac1 L. Bradburn - 550047

    You may be correct Bart that this airman was killed in same accident. Had his name on file but "hidden" in between the many names of the missing on SS Lancastria. Perhaps DaveW may confirm the place where his death was registered. (Cirencester).
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    Default Ac1 L. Bradburn - 550047

    In my previous message: read Chichester for Cirencester.
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