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    ACW2 Augusta MYERS - 2051671 - the West Yorkshire Burials Register for the Parish of Ossett and Gawthorpe on ancestry.co.uk records that she died at R.A.F. Station Hospital, Morecambe.

    ACW1 Loveday H. PITTS-TUCKER - 449646 - the Western Morning News of April 2nd 1942 reported the following:

    Barnstaple W.A.A.F. Dead
    The death occurred yesterday, following illness of some weeks' duration, of Mis Hilda Loveday Pitts Tucker, a member of the W.A.A.F., eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Geoffrey S. Pitts Tucker, of Pilton, Barnstaple. Her father is a member of the well-known North Devon legal firm of Messrs. Pitts Tuckers, of Barnstaple.


    AC1 Alfred SPENCE - 1077610 - the Harrogate Herald of April 15th 1942 reported the following:

    KILLED IN ACCIDENT
    A.C.1 Alfred Spence (28), of 18, Regent Terrace, Harrogate, has been killed in an accident while serving with the R.A.F. Prior to the war he was a steel erector. A.C.1 Spence was married and has a young daughter.


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    Default The Unaccounted Project - Final Stretch Updates by Jon Heyworth

    UPGRADE to Augusta Myers 2051671, died in RAF Hospital Morecombe from peritonsillar abscess

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    Default The Unaccounted Project - Final Stretch Updates by Jon Heyworth

    Hilda Loveday Pitts - Tucker 449646 , died in the North Devon infirmary , Barnstaple of miliary tuberculosis and tuberculosis peritonitis

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    Myer 2051671 attached to Number 3 WAAF depot

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    Default Re: WAAF Sub unit upgrades

    Pitts-Tucker 449646 attached to Number 9 Group

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    Default Re: The Unaccounted Project - Final Stretch Updates by Jon Heyworth

    Donald Parr Thwaite, an electrician 1 , was flying in Boston W8387 which was damaged by flak near Bolougne and subsequently ditched off Dover. Reported missing believed killed, his body was recovered from the sea on 3 April

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    Concerning 1077610 AC1 Spence and 1191636 AC1 Howard, both were serving with No2 Mobile Balloon Unit Kidbrooke London. Both were killed on the Isle of Sheppey near Sheerness while trying to recover unexploded bombs / mines as part of a bizarre operation called Operation Petard (as in hoist by one's own). This involved sending unmanned balloons with bombs / mines suspended on wires below the balloons out over the English Channel at Night, with the aim of snaring German mine-laying aircraft. The idea was that the enemy aircraft would fly into the wires setting off the explosives and effectively blowing themselves up. This plan went wrong on a number of occasions but most spectacularly on the night of 31st March 1942 when a large number of Balloons and their suspended ordinance ended up on the Isle of Sheppey. Over 100 men from No2 MBU were tasked with disarming and recovering the explosives. The clean up operation extended over 1st / 2nd April 1942 and in addition to the two airman an ARP warden and a young boy were also killed. This information and further details are courtesy of the Sussex History Forum. http://sussexhistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=2260.0

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    Default Re: The Unaccounted Project - Final Stretch Updates by Jon Heyworth

    William Howard 1191636 , attached to Number 2 Mobile Balloon Unit was killed whilst recovering unexploded ordnance on the Isle of Sheppey as part of an operation code named "Petard"

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