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    Default Unaccounted airmen - 8-4-1942

    What were the places of death registration for:

    A - Not found in Flight archives:
    AC2 Ivor MITCHELL - 1453715, and
    AC1 William E. RICHARDSON - 1359731.

    B - Killed on active service:
    F/O (Pilot) Reginald W. SHEPPARD - 89621.

    C - Proposed aircraft losses:
    Blenheim IV - Z5871 - 60 OTU - dived into ground mile S of Long Yester, East Lothian (already as casualties on this a/c: Sgt [Pilot] S.B. MOFFITT - RCAF R/90309 and Sgt [Pilot] R.W. HUNTER - RCAF R/84448).
    Blenheim IV - V5720 - 42 OTU - dived into ground near Basingstoke, Hampshire (already as casualties on this a/c: P/O [Pilot] L.B. SCEALES - 71607 and F/Sgt [WOp/Ag] W.J. STEVENSON - RCAF R/74695).
    Blenheim IV - V6024 - 5 AOS - crashed on landing Jurby, Isle of Man.
    Spitfire II.A - P8366 - 53 OTU - collided with Spitfire P8249 during combat practice and crashed South Side Car Park, Minehead, Somerset.

    Regards and thanks for your help.
    Henk.

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    Hi Henk
    Mitchell,19, and Richardson,35, both registered at Poole, Dorset.Maybe connected and there were air raid incidents in Dorset on that night, but Blitz-then and Now Vol 3 doesn't give a location
    Shepherd,26,registered at Bridgend, Glamorgan, S Wales
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    Thanks Dick. BTW I was looking for R.W. "SHEPPARD".
    Regards,
    Henk.

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    Hi Henk
    I've looked again and the only Reginald W that came up was spelled Shepherd with the same age as on CWGC ,who spell it as you have it. He is buried in S Wales at Llanmaes.
    His wife was from Rochdale,Lancashire so he wasn't taken to her home for burial and it might mean he was buried close to where died
    Regards
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    According to a recent message on TOCH

    http://forum.12oclockhigh.net/showthread.php?t=20000

    Sheppard was the pilot of a Blackburn Botha that was said to have ditched due to engine failure in the Bristol Channel on 8th April 1942, 500 yards off Nash Point (near Barry Dock?) with the loss of the pilot, Flying Officer Reginald William Sheppard (89621)?


    Can anyone supply a Serial for this?

    Paul

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    Hi Henk,

    No.60 OTU ORB confirms only the two listed airmen killed. No one else onboard.

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    Default unaccounted airmen 8/4/42

    Henk , Spitfire,s P8366 , MID AIR COLL PILOT ,SGT R H ORLEBAR INJURED. CAT E
    Spitfire P8249, MID AIR WITH ABOVE .SGT J TARBUCK OK . CAT A THIS AIRCRAFT LATER COLLIDED WITH
    K9951 27/5/42 ,

    PHILL JONES
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    89621 F/O R W SHEPPARD , he baled out of BEAUFIGHTER R2324 , OF 32 MU ON 29/5/41 FOLLOWING THE MAINSPAR FAILING , FOLLOWING A DIVE , HE SURVIVED , HIS CREW OF 2 WERE KILLED .
    THE A/C CRASHING AT RED HOLM FARM , LLANBETHERY ST-ATHAN ,

    He was killed while flying BOTHA L6223 OF 32 MU THE A/C SUFFERED ENGINE FAILURE SOON AFTER TAKE OFF AT 14.55 HRS ,DITCHED IN SEA TRESILIAN BAY , THE CREW WERE PICKED UP AND LANDED AT MUMBLES .8/4/42.

    Note the date for this crash is listed as being 8/4/40 in AIR BRITAIN PUBLICATION'S the RAF FORM 78 AND THE POLICE REPORT STATES 8/4/42 ,
    PHILL JONES

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    Ross,
    Thanks for confirmation casualties on Blenheim Z5871.
    Phill,
    Meanwhile was aware of SHEPPARD's accidents (29-5-1941 - Beaufighter R2324 - 32 MU and 8-4-1942 - Botha L6223 - 32 MU). However for the 8-4-1942 accident only have one name (LAC William S.D. JAMES - 572828) where you mentioned that two were killed.
    Have no other name left on my list of airmen unaccounted for 8-4-1942. The two names I've fr this day are:
    AC2 Ivor MITCHELL - 1453715, and
    AC1 William E. RICHARDSON - 1359731,
    whose death were registered at Poole district, Dorset, and both may have been air raid causalties.
    Regards,
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    William S D James' date of death on CWGC is 29/05/1941 and is registered in East Glamorgan, the only other 'young' person name on the same page of the register is (aged 20)
    http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=1532409

    Walter J N WARREN 571753 who is on a high numbered panel of the Runnymede memorial, I guess his grave is missing. Warren is not listed on the GRO war deaths list, making me think that he was killed but the grave is missing from CWGC records.

    Warren seems to be born in Shaftesbury district, in 1920.
    Dennis Burke
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    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
    www.ww2irishaviation.com

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