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    Default Unaccounted airmen - 25-6-1940

    What caused the death of the following airmen, commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial and buried in cemeteries in Belgium and France. They may have been killed during evacuation to the U.K., some of them later recovered from the sea or their bodies washed ashore.
    AC1 Reginald F. ABRAMS - 621850 - 4 Sqn - Runnymede Panel (RP) 24
    AC1 William ALSTON - 637973 - RP24
    AC1 Eustace T. ARNOTT - 532387 - RP24
    AC1 Bernard O. BECKINGTON - 901322 - RP24
    AC2 John R. BEST - 749226 - RP26
    AC1 Ernest R. BIDDLE - 942880 - RP24
    AC2 Sidney A. BIRD - 922154 - RP26
    Cpl Geoffrey G. BURDETT - 520421 - RP21
    LAC Arthur G. CHILD - 616033 - RP22
    AC1 Richard CLEARY - 631845 - RP25 (from Irish Republic)
    AC1 Joseph CURRIE - 634350 - RP25
    LAC Alexander J. DONAGHY - 544946 - RP22
    AC1 Alexander C. FLEMING - 743827 - RP25
    Cpl James P. GAVINS - 512854 - RP21
    LAC Harold W.E. HANSON - 517631 - 4 Sqn - RP23
    LAC Dudley G. KEMP - 535214 - RP23
    LAC Edgar MARTIN - 633385 - RP23
    AC2 Thomas MASON - 549132 - RP27
    Cpl Stanley MILLS - 570908 - 13 Sqn - RP22
    AC1 Cunningham MUNN - 627591 - RP25
    AC1 Arthur MUSGRAVE - 653443 - RP25
    AC1 Douglas H. RICHARDSON - 550743 - 98 Sqn - RP25
    AC1 George T. RIDLEY - 629767 - RP25
    AC1 John M. ROBERTS - 634663 - RP26
    LAC George SWIFT - 551391 - RP24
    LAC George H. TAYLOR - 352704 - RP24
    AC1 Charles J. TELFORD - 627498 - RP26
    AC1 Leslie C. THORP - 633277 - RP26
    Cpl Albert E. THORPE - 326629 - RP22
    LAC George TROTH - 62712 - RP24
    AC1 Douglas C. WEBB - 966677 - RP26
    LAC Ernest E. WHEELER - 628716 - 53 Sqn - RP24
    LAC Victor J. WHITE - 352129 - RP24
    LAC Sydney V. WILMINGTON - 610598 - RP24,

    and the following airmen buried in Belgium/France:

    Lombardsijde Churchyard, Belgium (BEL62):
    AC1 Allan J. MORAN - 623447

    Lille Southern Cem., Dept. Nord, France (FR2):
    AC2 Alfred W. GILBERT - 636979

    Abbeville Communal Cem. Ext., Dept Somme, France (FR440):
    LAC Edward A. HALL - 510251

    Doingt Communal Cem. Ext., Dept Somme, France (FR472):
    LAC Leonard LAURIE - 799685 - 63 Wing Servicing Unit

    Angoulins Communal Cem., Dept. Charente-Maritime, France (FR1632):
    LAC James T. McMASTER - 538667

    Chatelaillon Plage Communal Cem., Dept. Charente-Maritime, France (FR1635):
    AC2 Samuel J. McCONNELL - 632203

    Regards and thanks for your help.
    Henk.

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    Hello Henk,

    Finally I came through the whole list. Below you will find details about all the mentioned names.

    AC1 Reginald F. ABRAMS - 621850 - 4 Sqn - Runnymede Panel (RP) 24 / 4 Sqdn
    AC1 William ALSTON - 637973 - RP24 / HQ Base Area
    AC1 Eustace T. ARNOTT - 532387 - RP24 / 51 Wing
    AC1 Bernard O. BECKINGTON - 901322 - RP24 / HQ BAFF
    AC2 John R. BEST - 749226 - RP26 / 2 BA
    AC1 Ernest R. BIDDLE - 942880 - RP24 / HQ BAFF
    AC2 Sidney A. BIRD - 922154 - RP26 / 5 R and SU
    Cpl Geoffrey G. BURDETT - 520421 - RP21 / HQ BAFF
    LAC Arthur G. CHILD - 616033 - RP22 / 81 Wing SF
    AC1 Richard CLEARY - 631845 - RP25 (from Irish Republic) / 2 BA
    AC1 Joseph CURRIE - 634350 - RP25 / BAFF
    LAC Alexander J. DONAGHY - 544946 - RP22 / 21 AD
    AC1 Alexander C. FLEMING - 743827 - RP25 / 2 BA
    Cpl James P. GAVINS - 512854 - RP21 / 3 ASP
    LAC Harold W.E. HANSON - 517631 - 4 Sqn - RP23 / 4 Sqdn
    LAC Dudley G. KEMP - 535214 - RP23 / 2 BA
    LAC Edgar MARTIN - 633385 - RP23 / 25 Sqdn
    AC2 Thomas MASON - 549132 - RP27 / 7 ASP
    Cpl Stanley MILLS - 570908 - 13 Sqn - RP22 / 13 Sqdn
    AC1 Cunningham MUNN - 627591 - RP25 / HQ BAFF
    AC1 Arthur MUSGRAVE - 653443 - RP25 / 2 BA
    AC1 Douglas H. RICHARDSON - 550743 - 98 Sqn - RP25 / 98 Sqdn
    AC1 George T. RIDLEY - 629767 - RP25 / 2 AR & SV
    AC1 John M. ROBERTS - 634663 - RP26 / HQ BAFF
    LAC George SWIFT - 551391 - RP24 / 21 AD
    LAC George H. TAYLOR - 352704 - RP24 / 2 BA
    AC1 Charles J. TELFORD - 627498 - RP26 / HQ BAFF
    AC1 Leslie C. THORP - 633277 - RP26 / HQ BAFF
    Cpl Albert E. THORPE - 326629 - RP22 / HQ 2 BA
    LAC George TROTH - 62712 - RP24 / 3 AR & SU
    AC1 Douglas C. WEBB - 966677 - RP26 / 21 AD
    LAC Ernest E. WHEELER - 628716 - 53 Sqn - RP24 / 53 Sqdn
    LAC Victor J. WHITE - 352129 - RP24 / 1 ASP
    LAC Sydney V. WILMINGTON - 610598 - RP24, / Spelled WILLMINGTON / 2 BA

    and the following airmen buried in Belgium/France:

    Lombardsijde Churchyard, Belgium (BEL62):
    AC1 Allan J. MORAN - 623447 / HQ 51 Wing

    Lille Southern Cem., Dept. Nord, France (FR2):
    AC2 Alfred W. GILBERT - 636979 / HQ CFF

    Abbeville Communal Cem. Ext., Dept Somme, France (FR440):
    LAC Edward A. HALL - 510251 / 20 ASP

    Doingt Communal Cem. Ext., Dept Somme, France (FR472):
    LAC Leonard LAURIE - 799685 - 63 Wing Servicing Unit / 63 FWS

    Angoulins Communal Cem., Dept. Charente-Maritime, France (FR1632):
    LAC James T. McMASTER - 538667 / HQ BAFF

    Chatelaillon Plage Communal Cem., Dept. Charente-Maritime, France (FR1635):
    AC2 Samuel J. McCONNELL - 632203 / Numbered 632206 / 2 BA

    Best regards

    Finn Buch

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    Hi Henk
    I'm sure you have seen it but the following site has at least 3 of the 1st 4 names on your list as "Lancastria" victims, http://www.lancastria.org.uk/Victim_List/victim_list.html, although there is a(?) with the name and "dra 25-6 40" beside the name when the ship went down on 17th Jun. We both know that there were many bodies washed up along the French Atlantic Coast for many days after the sinking and whoever compiled the list has attributed their loss to that sinking but is clearly not sure. I shall keep looking down the list and I may well find more.
    All but 4 are on the Lancastria list and with the same extra markings ie(?) and dra 26-5-40.The 4 are
    AC1 R F Abrams
    LAC H W E Hanson
    Cpl S Mills
    LAC E E Wheeler
    In addition Cpl J Gavins is spelt Gavis and AC1 C J Telford is given the first names of Charles George
    Regards
    Dick
    Last edited by Dick; 8th January 2008 at 22:02. Reason: missed a bit!!

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    Thanks Dick/Finn. Look forward for any possible info on these airmen. Obscure to me why CWGC, known that they were aboard the Lancastria, has for them 25-6-1940 as date of death.
    Regards,
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    I am a nephew of LAC Leonard Laurie 799685 63 FWS.
    He lived in Oxford and I was a frequent visitor to his parents home after their loss. I understood that Leonard was driving motor transport in France when he was attacked by the enemy and died of injuries received.
    I visited his grave twice, over 30 years ago. I have more information, photos and artefacts of Leonard's life.
    Anthony Bryan.

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    Thanks Anthony. Don't need more info for my files; important to know that he died of wounds caused by enemy action in France as I assumed that he might have been a passenger on the troopship Lancastria.
    Regards,
    Henk.

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    JP O'Reilly 535307 died 17 May 1940 in Perrone France. He is buried beside my uncle Leonard Laurie.

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    Hi Anthony,
    did you want more info on LAC O'Reilly?
    http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2952869/O'REILLY,%20JOHN%20PATRICK

    CAuse of death is here: http://www.epibreren.com/ww2/raf/16_squadron.html

    regards
    Dennis
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    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
    www.ww2irishaviation.com

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    AC2 Thomas MASON - 549132 - RP27 / 7 ASP
    A letter was received by my GM written by a nurse stating he was injured and being evacuated to UK by Hospital Train. Nothing further known except his pipe & wallet were later returned by the American Red Cross. Always assumed to have been a Lancastria victim or possibly the Hospital Train burned out at Dieppe
    Last edited by Pete; 23rd August 2014 at 08:51.

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