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    Default Harold John Finch

    Afternoon all,

    846320 Cpl Harold John Finch died on the 9th of Feb 1943. CWGC refers: -

    http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=2717374

    I'm looking at this fellow for a friend of a friend, and it is way outside of my normal remit. Can anyone give me any details about this chap, in particular the circumstances of his death? He was born in Birmingham in 1898.

    Thanks in advance, best as always,

    Greg
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    Hi Greg,
    You probably already know he was registered at Bridgend, but this is just in case.

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    his name is listed as Died on Active Service in Flight magazine dated:
    http://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1943/1943%20-%201260.html?search=finch

    Let me know if that link works.

    This would indicate that he died of illness, natural causes or a non flying accident. He may be a death in a bike accident or car for example. Or ground crew being hit by propellers turn up under DOAS at times.

    he was an older man also it should noted. His name is not among the lists of Unaccounted airmen Henk deals with so there may be a reason for his death related to his service.

    Might be best to order his death ceretificate
    bridgend district, Glamorganshire
    First Quarter
    Volumn 11a
    Page 721

    Non of the other men listed in the same DOAS list appear to be registered in Bridgend so unrelated to his death. CWGC website says: Most of the airmen buried here came from the large R.A.F. station at St. Athan near Barry and some from Llandow R.A.F. station near Cowbridge.
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    Alan and Dennis, thanks very much to both of you :)
    "You can take the boy out of Wales,
    But you can't take Wales out of the boy!!"

    Greg Harrison
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    Greg,

    Unless this was started by you try

    http://www.rootschat.com/forum/index.php?PHPSESSID=33nc7t4433eisjbn0rfjufav50&top ic=381420.new

    Brian

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    Thanks Brian - it wasn't started by me, but the last two posts in that thread are mine :)

    I'm more interested in what caused his death now - I'm hoping someone here can shed some light on it, otherwise I'll be hoping someone can pull the Llandow / St. Athan station ORB's for me at the NA :)
    "You can take the boy out of Wales,
    But you can't take Wales out of the boy!!"

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    100 Squadron and 100 Squadron Association Historian
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    1 Group Researcher 1940 - 1945

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