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    Default Unaccounted airmen - 5-2-1942

    What were the places of death registration for:

    A - Not found Flight archives:
    Cpl Geoffrey E. HANSFORD - 550407.

    B - Died on active service:
    AC2 Herbert HUGHES - 1422214.

    C - Proposed aircraft losses for this day:
    Anson I - K6228 - 3 AOS - crashed in forced landing Llanymynech, Llandysilio, Montgomery.
    Lysander III - T1611 - 54 OTU - crashed in forced landing Healaugh, Yorkshire (?).
    Tiger Moth II - N9208 - 29 EFTS - crashed in forced landing Rockley, Marlborough, Wiltshire.
    Leopard Moth - AV975 - 7 AACU - crashed in forced landing Frith Barracks, Deepcut, Frimley, Surrey.

    Regards and thanks for your help.
    Henk.

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    Hi Henk
    Hughes,29,registered at Kings Lynn, Norfolk,
    Hansford didn't come up on the register and I didn't find him on CWGC
    Regards
    Dick

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    Hi Henk,

    Hughes listed in BCL9RoH/113.

    1422214 AC2 HUGHES Herbert 5-02-42 West Raynham.

    and, CWGC:

    550407 Cpl. Geoffrey Edward HANSORD.
    Buried Thetford Cemetery Plot E. Row L. Grave 400.

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 5th April 2009 at 03:27. Reason: correction

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    The Lysander was a none fatal accident, the following came from the ORB.

    February 5th 1942, “There were three flying accident during the day. No.563762, W/O W.H. Edmond, and instructor, swung off the runway on landing and damaged the aircraft, an Oxford, in hard snow; P/O Oatley, flying a Blenheim aircraft, landed on the aerodrome with undercarriage up after it had failed to lock, and No.1167419 Sgt H. Wallis crashed landed in a Lysander near Tadcaster after engine failure. All these aircraft were considerably damaged,
    but in no case was the pilot injured.”
    Alan Clark

    Peak District Air Accident Research

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

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    Hi Henk
    Another look with Col's spelling for Hansord brought him up on CWGC but not on the register. His family connections incl his wife are in Staines, Middlesex,the area S of Heathrow, so he wasn't taken home for burial, but he still doesn't come up on the register.
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    Thanks all for your help.
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    DIED OF WOUNDS OR INJURIES RECEIVED ON ACTIVE SERVICE.—Cpl. G. E. Hansord.

    his name seems to appaer with matching age in Buchanan district of Stirling, Scotland. I see from Google there is/was a Military hospital there.

    http://hsewsf.sedsh.gov.uk/hslive/hsstart?P_HBNUM=4045

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    During WWII, when Buchanan Castle was requisitioned for use as a military hospital, a large number of ancillary buildings and wards were built around the house itself. Following the closure of the hospital, the majority of these buildings were sold and converted into dwelling houses.
    Dennis Burke
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    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
    www.ww2irishaviation.com

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    I know this thread has been inactive for a while but I'm hoping that an additional small detail I've come across might enable someone to confirm the circumstances of Corporal Hansord's death.

    I'm researching RAF War Graves in Norfolk hence my interest in Cpl Hansord. He is buried in Thetford which is where he was born in 1919 and where his parents lived at the time of his death. I have spotted on his CWGC grave registration that his RAF unit is given as M.A.E.E. which must be the Maritime Aeroplane Experimental Establishment. As M.A.E.E was based at Helensburgh / Rhu this fits with Cpl Hansord dying in a hospital in Scotland.

    Can anyone suggest any accidents / incidents at M.A.E.E. in late Jan / early Feb 1942 that could account for Cpl Hansord's death from wounds / injuries on 5th Feb 1942 ?

    Many thanks for any info.

    John.
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    I have unearthed the following with regards to Cpl Hansord. He was a wireless operator with the MAEE at Helensburgh. He was a crewman aboard Sunderland W3976 that crashed off Rhu, Gare Loch on 28th November 1941. Two other crew were killed at the time. Cpl Hansord was seriously injured and admitted to Helensburgh Infirmary then placed on the dangerously injured list. He failed to recover and passed away from a Cerebral Abscess on 5th February 1942. This has been confirmed with AHB.

    Chris

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