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    Default Unaccounted airmen - 5-4-1942

    What were the places of death registration for:

    A - Died on active service:
    AC2 James L. CUNNINGHAM - 1546051, and
    AC2 Thomas J. MALONE - 1488972.

    B - Not found in Flight archives:
    Sgt William S. WADSWORTH - 11208 - age 56.

    C - Proposed aircraft losses for this day:
    Master I - T8364 - 57 OTU - crashed in forced landing Withington, near Shrewsbury, Shropshire.
    Oxford I - V3869 - 3 (P)AFU - flew into ground near Lechlade, Gloucestershire (already as a casualty on this a/c: Sgt B. JEFFERY - RCAF R/86347).

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    Hi Henk
    Cunningham,38, registered at Darlington,Durham
    Malone,29, registered at Spilsby, Lincolnshire
    Wadsworth,55,registered at Newton.This could either be Newton, Lancashire or an abbreviation (due to limited space in the register)of Newton Abbot, Devon
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    Sgt W S Wadsworth is DOAS, Scanned as "Set W. S Wudsworth"
    I think Newton Abbott gets listed as "Newton A", from one example I seen this weekend.
    Dennis Burke
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    T8364 was a non fatal forced landing involving Sgt J M Lack (404967), RAAF.

    Cheers, Tom

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    Thanks Dennis & Tom for info on WADSWORTH and Blenheim T8364.
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    Default 420405 - Unaccounted airmen - 5-4-1942

    Buried in the Halfaya Sollum War Cem. with date of death 5-4-1942 are:
    AUS403484 - F/O Gordon D. MACPHERSON - RAAF, and
    AUS403582 - F/O John W. EVATT - RAAF,
    both of 450 Squaqdron.
    Can't find their names on the Alan Storr list but found two Kittyhawks of 450 Sqn lost this day:
    AK732 dived into ground recovering from spin 5 miles SW of Gambut, and
    AK895 spun into ground 5 miles SW of Gambut.
    Who may add the correct Kittyhawk serial to both airmen.
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    Henk,

    Alan Storr has not covered No.450 Sqn RAAF Fatalities (well, not online).

    AUS403484 F/O Gordon Douglas MacPHERSON RAAF + - Kittyhawk I AK732:OK-U

    AUS403582 F/O John Ward EVATT RAAF + - Kittyhawk I AK895:OK-E

    Both stalled and crashed within minutes of one another, cause unknown. MacPherson and Evatt had been posted to No.450 Sqn RAAF on the 2-5-1942, and were on their first operation.

    See: No.450 Sqn RAAF ORB, pp.120-1 & 129 of 1503.

    Col.

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    Thanks again Col; annotations made in my files.
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    Hello

    AC2 James L. CUNNINGHAM - 1546051 - the Newcastle Journal of April 15th 1942 reported the following:

    R.A.F. Man Killed Getting a Lift
    A Newcastle aircraftman’s death through a fall from a lorry chassis when he was getting a lift was described at a Darlington inquest yesterday on James Lawton Cunningham (39), of Stone Street, Newcastle. “Accidental Death” was the verdict.
    Septimus Martindale, retired railwayman, said he saw the lorry chassis swerve, and Cunningham was catapulted on to the roadway, his head striking the pavement. Martindale said that afterwards the driver said to him “I have been trying to avoid these men all along the road, but this one was so insistent I gave him a lift.”
    The Coroner, Mr. J. E. Brown-Humes, said he did not think the driver was in any way to blame.


    AC2 Thomas J. MALONE - 1488972 - also a native of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, various newspapers at the time reported the inquest into his death. He died after entering a mined beach, after hearing cries for help from a seriously injured Wren, who, along with a friend, had gone to the beach. She ahd been injured, and her companion had been killed, when a mine exploded.
    He and his wife approached the two Wrens, unaware that they had entered a minefield, and another mine exploded, seriously injuring him, and slightly injuring his wife. By the time he could be rescued, he had died of his injuries. The Coroner recorded a verdict of 'Death by Misadventure.'

    Sgt William S. WADSWORTH - 11208 - the Liverpool Echo of April 27th 1942 reported that he was fatally injured after falling from a fast moving train near Sandbach, Cheshire. He was removed to Winwick Hospital, where he died. There was insufficient evidence to ascertain the exact circumstances of the accident, but a witness said that he did not jump from the train.

    Regards

    Simon

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