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    Default Unaccounted airmen - 6-5-1942

    What were the places of death registration for:

    A - In Flight however not readable:
    P/O (Pilot) Kenneth CASE - 11780.

    B - Died on active service:
    AC1 Harold H. CORDELL - 1243314 - Age 33 - 2 Sqn (Sawbridgworth, Hertfordshire);
    AC2 Jack ELAND - 1005773 - 219 Sqn (Tangmere, Sussex), and
    Sgt James RUSSELL - 525328.

    C - Died of wounds or injuries received on active service:
    P/O (Pilot) Frederick WALL - 119822.

    D - Proposed aircraft losses:
    Tiger Moth II - N6633 - 22 EFTS - crashed in forced landing Coton, Cambridgeshire.
    Hotspur Glider - BT561 - 2 GTS - crashed on take-off Weston-on-the-Green.
    Hotspur Glider - BT637 - 1 GTS - dived into ground near Thame.

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    Henk.

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    From Cummings' Though Without Anger

    Hotspur BT637
    1 GTS
    East of Thame

    P/O Frederick Wall killed

    The glider approached the airfield correctly in a right hand circuit but was both too high and too slow. The crew then turned the aircraft away from the airfield and it stalled at a height of 150 feet and crashed off the resulting spin. At this stage, the Hotspur was not fitted with primary instruments in the rear cockpit and so an instructor in the rear depended on the student in the front seat for readings from the vital instruments, unless he is sufficiently experienced to judge speed, height etc accurately for himself.

    Hotspur BT561
    2 GTS
    RAF Weston on the Green

    Major Francis Anthony Goss Robinson MC Royal Artillery killed

    The glider took off behind the tug but immediately got into a very high position relative to it. At about 50 feet , the glider’s right wing dropped, the tow rope detached and the glider stall turned to the right and dived vertically into the ground. The cause of this accident was the incorrect setting of the elevator trim to the ‘fully tail down’ position, which of itself means that the pilot’s ability to push the nose forward would have been seriously limited. In addition, the tow rope release toggle was located by the pilot’s right knee and hence he would have had to change hands quickly in order to cast off the tow. Having got into the predicament outlined, there would have been insufficient height to effect a safe recovery.

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    A - Died of Wounds or Injuries recieived on active service:
    P/O (Pilot) Kenneth CASE - age 27 Cambridgeshire district.

    B - Died on active service:
    AC1 Harold H. CORDELL - Age 33 - Hawarden district, Flintshire
    AC2 Jack ELAND - age 30 Chichester, Sussex
    Sgt James RUSSELL - age 32 Cambridgeshire district.

    C - Died of wounds or injuries received on active service:
    P/O (Pilot) Frederick WALL - age 31 Aylesbury district, Buckinghamshire.
    Dennis Burke
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    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
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    Hi Henk
    Following Dennis' info on Wall, there was a registrars office in Thame itself up to 1932,when it was divided between Ploughley,and Aylesbury, so if he was registered at Aylesbury it suggests that he survived the crash and died in hospital. There was,(still is,) one at Stoke Mandeville on the S Edge of Aylesbury and,if it isn't the same Hospital, there was RAF Halton both within reach of Thame
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    Thanks all for your help. This will keep me busy for a while.
    Best regards,
    Henk.

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    I found this in the 24 EFTS ORB,

    May 6th 1942, “Flying Accident, Tomahawk AH942 (P/O Lyons), No.2 Squadron, Sawbridgeworth, undershot the aerodrome coming in to land, struck stationary Havoc BT465, Station Flight, and killed AC1 Cordell H.H., who was standing on the Havoc.”
    Alan Clark

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    http://www.peakdistrictaircrashes.co.uk/

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    Thanks Al for this excellent info; appreciated.
    Regards,
    Henk.

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    Hi Henk,

    Form 1180 gives AC2 Eland killed by the propeller of No.219 Sqn Beaufighter X7557.

    He was fixing the chock under the starboard wheel and stepped backwards (or fell) into the prop.

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    Hi Henk,

    F1180

    Case (instructor) killed in crash of N6633, pupil safe.

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    Hello

    Sgt James RUSSELL - 525328 - the Southern Reporter of May 21st 1942 reported the following:

    INNERLEITHEN
    KILLED - Sergeant-Mechanic James Russell, son of Mr. and Mrs. G. Russell, High Street, has been killed in a motor accident. He was 32 years of age and had served almost seven years in the R.A.F.


    Regards

    Simon

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