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    Default Unaccounted airman - 19-5-1942

    What was the place of death registration for:
    Sgt Bernard Rinian Roy RUTHERFORD - RAAF 406540 - killed on active service, buried Leconfield (St.Catherine) Churchyard, Yorkshire. Also looking for unit number.

    His brother Sgt Thomas Alan RUTHERFORD - RAAF 406626 - was also killed on active service 14-8-1942 and lies buried Duns Cemetery, Berwickshire. Also looking for his unit and place of death registration.

    Proposed aircraft losses for 19-5-1942:
    Beaufighter I - T4826 - 2 (C)OTU - crashed on landing Catfoss.
    Folland 43/37 - P1777 - Folland - broke up in air near Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire.
    Hector I - K9747 - 102 GOTU - undershot landing Kidlington (already as a casualty on this a/c: F/Sgt J. SIMPSON - 844669).
    Moth - X5051 (ex. G-AFMY) - 2 (O)AFU - crashed on take-off Millom.
    Oxford I - L9647 - 15 (P)AFU - collided in formation with Oxford R 6358 and dived into ground near Driffield.
    Spitfire IIA - P8445 - 131 Sqn - u/c collapsed on landing Merston.
    Tiger Moth II - T6032 - 26 EFTS - hit Tiger Moth T6550 on approach and dived into ground at Theale.

    Proposed aircraft losses for 14-8-1942:
    Oxford I - V4214 - 15 (P)AFU - crashed on landing Q-Site at Great Limber, Lincolnshire.
    Tiger Moth II - N6803 - 1 EFTS - spun into ground Holwell Hyde, Hertfordshire.
    Tiger Moth II - N6841 - 11 EFTS - flew into ground Dunning, Perthshire.
    Beaufighter VI - X8146 - 409 Sqn - crashed on approach Coleby Grange.
    Blenheim V - BA192 - 54 OTU - crashed on take-off 2 miles S of Charterhall.
    Master II - DL848 - 7 (P)AFU - crashed on take-off Sibson.
    Oxford II - ED133 - 3 (P)AFU - crashed on overshoot at night Fairford Park, Gloucestershire.

    Tiger Moth II - DE726 - 24 EFTS - crashed in forced landing Willaston, Cheshire.

    Regards and thanks for your help.
    Henk.

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    Henk,

    Re: AUS406626 Sgt Thomas Alan RUTHERFORD RAAF.

    14-8-1942
    54 OTU
    Blenheim V BA192

    Hit tree on take-off at Charterhall and crashed.

    AUS406626 Sgt (Pilot) Thomas Alan RUTHERFORD RAAF +
    1417331 Sgt (Obs./W.Op.) James Clifford KIDD RAFVR +

    NB. Rutherford has no visible A705 at the NAA.

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 3rd August 2009 at 14:18. Reason: minor correction

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    Henk,

    Re: AUS406540 Bernard Rinian Roy RUTHERFORD RAAF. His unit was 15 (P)AFU.

    I suspect he was aboard Oxford I L9647. Oxford R6358, went on to serve with 18 (P)AFU/USAAF.

    I have no further details at the moment, other than the fact, that like his younger brother, Thomas Alan Rutherford, he has no visible A705 at the NAA.

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 25th September 2009 at 15:39. Reason: minor correction

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    Hi Henk
    Bernard R R Rutherford,22, registered at Buckrose, E Yorkshire and the right area for an incident on or near Driffield
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    Thanks Col & Dick for info on the Australian Rutherford brothers.
    Regards,
    Henk.

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    Henk,

    The Father of the two Rutherford brothers (who were both born in the UK), AUS296635 Stamford Roy RUTHERFORD , was a serving RAAF Officer in WWII.

    Col.

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    Thanks Col for info on the Rutherford's family. Tragic the loss of two sons within such a short period of time.
    Regards,
    Henk.

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    Just as a totally “Off Topic” comment (and I have many!) I was employed, at one stage, by the UK Met Office in a programme of site-finding for (and installation of) Automatic Weather Stations (AWS) in the UK and UK Offshore. These were, as us meteorologists say, in 'data-sparse areas'. Now a site in the middle of an old WW2 airfield was “A Good Thing” – great instrument exposure!. Getting electricity and land-line communications there was a minor problem!! (We got one working on the Island of Foula, so anywhere else would be a doddle!!). Having been involved in military aviation for most of my Met Office career I always looked at these ex-WW2 airfields with some awe! Bear in mind that there would have been 30-odd years of tree-growth, etc, since they were used for ‘real’. But, nevertheless (post # 2 on this thread) Charterhall would have been quite sportif! Quite apart from the fact that the then owner was reputed to have loosed off at least one barrel of a 12-bore shotgun over the heads of my technical staff on a subsequent visit!! Down-to-earth meteorology can have its enlightening moments!! And Charterhall wasn't the only one!!
    I now give you all permission to return to the original thread!!
    Peter Davies
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    Another one from the 61 MU ORB, I noticed from an older thread abotu No.26 EFTS you had ACW1 F.M.A. Robinson 2022625 as unaccounted on this date and got a registration district for her death.

    She died at RAF Hospital Wilmslow of acute appendicitis.
    Alan Clark

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

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    Thanks Al for this info on ACW1 ROBINSON; much appreciated and file amended.
    Regards,
    Henk.

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