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    Default Death Register Query 1946: FAA not RAF

    Please can someone with access to the Death Registers please look up for me the following 5 names to see where they are registered

    11th February 1946

    REYNOLDS, George G, Ty/Petty Officer Airman, FAA/FX 77304, killed
    SHARMAN, Lawrence B, Commander (E), killed
    WATSON, Aulay W, Lieutenant (E), killed
    CLARENCE, Robert B, Sub Lieutenant (A), killed

    and also (the reason for my question)

    VAN UNEN, Ernest Karel, Lieutenant Royal Netherlands Navy (maybe under UNEN or VANUNEN)

    This is to do with an outstanding query on Air Britain Information Exchange... He may not be listed above (all died in collision bwtween DH89A Dominie X7453 RN and with Seafire XV SW822 over Wimboldsley 11.2.46). However newspaper reports report 4 dead officers and 1 Petty Officer.. So need to find if Van Unen was missing name. or who was the other casuality)

    Alternatively if anyone knows what aircraft crash VAN UNEN died in on 11th Feb 1946 it would help 'Death notice says missing presumed drowned in aircraft accident' but can't find match

    Many Thanks

    Paul

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    Hi Paul
    Reynolds,24, Sharman,37, Watson,25, and Clarence,20, are all registered at Northwich,Cheshire which is the right area for Wimboldsey. Van Unen wasn't on the register . The Northwich area is well inland so if Van Unen was involved in the collision but was presumed drowned it must have been into a lake or river from which his body was not recovered and might explain the absence of a death registration but with the knowledge, by presumption, that he had died. The location sounds like the a/c might have been connected to somewhere like RAF Stretton which was RN postwar and it might be referred to in any surviving Station records
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    Dick

    Thanks.. I kind of thought he wasn't on the aircraft.. Now I am sure he wasn't!

    Though need the 4th name to confirm

    Paul

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    Paul
    Stretton was also known as HMS Antrobus in it's RN and post war ATC roles
    Dick

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    Paul

    According to FAA Fixed Wing a/c Since 1946

    Clarance (as spelled) was the Seafire pilot

    In the Dominie

    Lt Watson
    PO Reynolds
    Cdr Sharman and Lt AH Lavington

    Van Unen being in the Dutch Navy will probably not be registered in the British death registers (recall my earlier post about US airmen being in the registers when serving with the RAF but not when with USAAF).

    I will have a look at the Times archive and come back if I find him.

    regards

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    Paul
    Stretton was also known as HMS Antrobus in it's RN and post war ATC roles
    Wimboldsey is currently part of a town called Middlewich, just S of Northwich. On the Google map there is ,at the moment, a large reservoir just to the East. There are also some large lakes N of Nantwich. It doesn' quite rule out the scenario of Van Uren being involved, say, on the Seafire with the others on the Dominie and his coming down into a large stretch of water
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    Lavington is registered in the Northwich district also.

    Geoff Sullivans site finds those five aviation branch men plus E A Hannam, a non aviation seaman. he is registered in Bristol district incidently.

    These does not appear to be any RN Volunteer reserve names that day.
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    Paul

    Nothing in the Times except a death notice.

    860 Squadron manned by Dutch Navy was at Easthaven (Easthaven mentioned in the Times in connection with a memorial service for Van Unen). We should be looking for a lost Firefly with Dutch serials. Still looking

    regards

    daveW
    Last edited by davew; 22nd October 2009 at 13:28. Reason: typo

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    Dave

    I don't think the Fireflys had been transferred to Dutch Navy by then.. It is very early in the 'conversion' process.. maybe still had RN Serials (if it was a Firefly)..

    Paul
    Last edited by paulmcmillan; 22nd October 2009 at 13:36.

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    Paul,

    your link to Dutch naval losses lists him as:
    http://www.veteraneninstituut.nl/media/med_view.asp?med_id=240

    Unen, E.K. van (1918) ovl.2.kmr.tv 11-02-1946 Mosquito MLD 129

    MLD 129 11-02-1946 Sea Musquito
    Tijdens een solo-oefenvlucht vanaf de basis Croft stortte een Sea Musquito op 11 februari 1946 in de Firth of Forth (Schotland). Officier-vlieger E.K. van Unen kwam daarbij om het leven.
    Dennis Burke
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