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    Default F/O H R Wheeler RAF 70727 27/07/1940

    I would be grateful for any information relating to this officer.

    Name: WHEELER, HAROLD RAYMOND
    Initials: H R
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Flying Officer (Pilot)
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force
    Date of Death: 27/07/1940
    Service No: 70727
    Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 3.
    Cemetery: BRISTOL (ARNOS VALE) CREMATORIUM

    I have been unable to find a death registration in England or Wales.

    Regards

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    Hi Nick,

    Battle L5293 of No.7 BGS.

    Loss off shore bodies recovered later

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    Thanks Ross.

    Any names for the other crew members?

    Was No.7 BGS a Bomber and Gunnery School?

    Thanks

    Nick

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    Removed - Incorrect data posted.

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    Thanks, Dennis.

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    Hi Dennis,

    Not even close.

    AC2 M A Barringer
    AC2 R E Barker

    Both men on Runnymede Memorial.

    Nick
    BGS Bombing and Gunnery School.

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    Thanks Ross.

    You've given me some useful information to follow up.

    Nick

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    Looking for clarification of the rank of AC2 M A Barringer 911627 as the CWGC website has him listed as a Corporal. I know from experience that the CWGC database contains errors therefore can anyone confirm his rank.

    Also, if there was a delay in the body of F/O wheeler being recovered would this explain why I have not been able to find a death registration for him?

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    Nick

    From some notes I made from the Gazette and Herald

    "Funeral 3 August 1940.

    Crashed into the sea during a training flight, his body was not recovered until the following Wednesday."

    Parents - Mr and Mrs Francis G Wheeler of 1 Greenway Park. Hence the link to Chippenham

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    Default Battle L5293 No.7 BGS

    Battle L5293 7 BGS

    A Signal in TNA, Kew, dated 27 July 1940 states - In Sea 51 deg 20 mins North, 4 deg 15 mins West 0930 hours F/O H.R. Wheeler 70727 AC Barker 939176.

    Mark

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