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    Default Unaccounted airmen - 21-6-1942

    What were the places of death registration for:

    A - Killed on active service:
    Sgt (WOp/Obs) Edward A. BRACE - 932639, and
    P/O (Flying Instr.) Godfrey H. GRANTHAM - 114789.

    B - Died on active service:
    AC1 Philip W. DOREY - 1438636;
    Sgt Jmes FULTON - 542968, and
    LAC Lewis G. STRACHAN - 925106 - 32 Sqn (Friston, Sussex).

    C - Not found in Flight archives:
    AC2 Eric B. McKELVEY - 1042413.

    D - Proposed aircraft losses:
    Boston III - W8296 - 1452 Flt - crashed on approach ½ mile E of West Malling.
    Magister I - L8227 - 16 EFTS - flew into ground Dalbury Lees, Derbyshire.
    Havoc I - BJ470 - 1452 Flt - crashed on take-off Offham, near West Malling.

    Regards and thanks for your help.
    Henk.

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    Default Unaccounted airmen - 21-6-1942

    Forgot one name in my previous message under "C - Not found in Flight archives":

    Sgt (Pilot) Victor G. LAMBERT - 702021 (believed was killed at Maidstone, Kent).

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    Hi Henk

    I have Grantham in L8227 (from a website of midland aircraft crashes)

    Lambert and Brace - both Maidstone

    Dorey- Hailsham, Sussex

    Fulton and McKelvey - not Eng/Wales

    Strachen - Hailsham, Sussex (linked to Dorey?)

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    HI Henk
    Brace and Lambert would fit either the Boston or the Havoc nr W Malling as it is within the reporting area of Maidstone where both are registered
    Included in the Hailsham area(Dorey and Strachan) is Alfriston. Friston is close enough to be a possible typo
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    Grantham was the instructor onboard L8227, along with Cpl G.P. Ward who was seriously injured.

    June 21st 1942, “Fatal flying accident Magister L8227 P/O G.H. Grantham (114789) killed and 965550 Cpl G.P. Ward (1st Glider Rgt) dangerously injured. Cpl Ward conveyed to Derby City Hospital.”

    June 21st 1942, SSQ, Trusley, “Flying accident to Magister aeroplane, Instructor 114789 P/O Grantham, killed instantly and sustained fractured base of skull, pupil 965550 Cpl Ward of AGPTU rendered unconscious and conveyed to Derby City Hospital suffering from head injuries and compound fracture of right ankle.”
    Alan Clark

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

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    Henk,

    Re Lambert and Brace.

    June 21, 1942. BJ470 Havoc I, 1452 Flt. Crashed one and a half miles north-east of West Malling at Offham. Spun into ground after take-off. Crew both killed.

    June 21, 1942. W8296 Boston III, 1452 Flt. Crashed in forced landing near West Malling. Crew both escaped.

    See:
    'Flying Searchlight' accidents.
    Parry,Simon
    Flypast (UK). June,1986 (No.59) p.7

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 22nd August 2009 at 04:31. Reason: minor correction

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    Thanks all for your excellent and much appreciated info.
    Regards,
    Henk.

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    there is a 24 yr old James Fulton in Dumfries district of Dumfries, Scotland during 1942.

    There is a 29 yr old else where also but the above age matchs CWGC.

    I can't get a McKelvey or Mackelvey male to return on Scotlandspeople.
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    www.ww2irishaviation.com

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    Thanks Dennis for info on FULTON.
    Regards,
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    Default Godfrey Grantham

    Hi

    Just come across this thread while surfing the net. Godfrey was Dad's first cousin. Am I right in thinking he was based at Burnaston airfield at the time of his accident? I have very little information about him so I'm eager to learn more.

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    Dave

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