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    Default Unaccounted airmen - 31-3-1942

    What were the places of death registration for:

    A - Not found Flight archives:
    AC2 Trevor HORNE - 1489443;
    F/Lt Frank L. JONES - 61672 - 78 Sqn (Croft, Yorkshire - attd ATC Training Branch), and
    AC1 Richard W. PEEVOR - 1130740.

    B - Died on active service:
    AC2 Nelson B. JORDON - 1237278 - 245 Sqn (Middle Wallop, Hampshire);
    AC2 Albert J. MAY - 1129578, and
    F/Lt Reginald B. OLIVER - MiD - 87934 - age 49.

    C - Proposed aircraft losses:
    Botha I - L6384 - 2 AGS - crashed in forced landing off Killdary, Ross & Cromarty.
    Magister I - N3964 - 16 EFTS - crashed on approach at night Burnaston.

    Regards and thanks for your help.
    Henk.

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    Hi Henk

    Horne - Wharfedale, Yorkshire
    Peevor - Peterborough
    Oliver - Bromley, Kent

    A 50 year old Frank L Jones was registered in Watford but 78 Sqn ATC was based in Wembley, where he is buried so I suspect the 78 SQn is not the RAF unit at Croft bu the ATC unit in London. This would fit with him being a RAFVR(T) officer.

    May - Gloucester R
    Jordon - Romsey (Essex)

    Malcolm

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    I don't have anything other than to rule out the Magister.

    It was recorded under the 30th March in the ORB but if it was overnight then may well have taken off before midnight and crashed on the 31st.

    March 30th 1942, “Flying accident Lt/Col J. Rock (Glider Regiment) Magister N3964 crashed after striking chimney of cottage on Burton Road when night flying solo, slight injuries.”
    Alan Clark

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

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    Thanks Al & Malcolm for this valuable info.
    Regards,
    Henk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alclark View Post
    I don't have anything other than to rule out the Magister.

    It was recorded under the 30th March in the ORB but if it was overnight then may well have taken off before midnight and crashed on the 31st.

    March 30th 1942, “Flying accident Lt/Col J. Rock (Glider Regiment) Magister N3964 crashed after striking chimney of cottage on Burton Road when night flying solo, slight injuries.”
    Al (and others),
    There's a Lt.Col John Frank ROCK - 33363 of the 1st Wing, The Glider Pilot Regt. AAC, who died/was killed 8-10-1942 and lies buried in the Tidworth Mil. Cem.
    Regards,
    Henk.

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    Hi Henk,

    Major Rock was one of the two men who were charged with setting up the Glider Pilot Regiment.

    Rock was said to be the force behind the decision that the glider crews would be trained as all round soldiers capable of being used as a defence force and trained to operate all the equipment that the gliders could carry.

    http://www.paradata.org.uk/people/john-rock

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    Hello

    F/Lt Frank L. JONES - 61672 - the National Probate Calendar records that he died at Leavesden Emergency Hospital, Watford.

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    Simon

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