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    Default 420918 - Unaccounted airmen - 18-9-1942

    What were the places of death registration for:

    A - Not found in Flight archives:
    F/O John W. BUTT - 64262.

    B - Killed on active service:
    AC2 Ernest LAWSON - 1513039;
    P/O (Ag) John H.V. NELSON - 126085 - 608 Sqn (North Coates, Lincolnshire), and
    Sgt (Pilot) Frederick W. YORK - 605379 (from USA) - 222 Sqn (Drem. East Lothian).

    C - Proposed aircraft losses:
    Hurricane I - W9187 - 1441 Flt - crashed in forced landing Inverkip, Renfrewshire.
    Lysander II - N1214 - 6 AACU - crashed in forced landing Cart-in-Cartmel, Lancashire.
    Master I - N7420 - 58 OTU - abandoned after engine fire Newburgh, Fifeshire.
    Tiger Moth II - T6821 - 1 EFTS - flew into ground Hartwell Park, 2 miles SW of Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire.
    Walrus II - X9572 - 9 (P)AFU - crashed on take-off Errol.
    Hurricane X - AG240 - 247 Sqn - crashed in forced landing Rylands Farm, Cheriton Cross, Devon.

    Regards and thanks for your help.
    Henk.

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    Hi Henk,

    I have a note that York was killed in Dumbartonshire (well over the other side of the Clyde to Inverkip) but have no aircraft assigned yet.

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    Hi Henk
    Butt, 19, registered at Taunton, Somerset
    Lawson,19, registered at Ploughley, Oxfordshire
    Nelson, 26, registered at Chichester, Sussex
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    Henk/Ross

    The death register entry for York records place of death as North Bardowie Farm, Baldernock (a suburb of Milngavie), Stirlingshire. Cause of death "due to war operations, multiple injuries and burns"

    The only a/c loss I have which might be relevant apart from the Hurricane is Spitfire BL519 of "242 squadron" at an unknown location. Is there a typo somewhere?

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    DaveW/Ross,
    In the newest edition of Air Britain's BA100-BZ999 is listed for BL519:
    Spitfire V - BL519 - 611/242/222 - Crashed, Bardowie Farm, Baldernock, Stirlingshire, 18.9.42
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    Thank you Dick for info on death registrations.
    Regards and good weekend,
    Henk.

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    Hello

    F/O John W. BUTT - 64262 - the National Probate Calendar recors that he died at Home Field, Dipford Farm, Trull, Taunton, Somerset. The Portsmouth Evening News of September 22nd 1942 reported the following:

    Found Shot On Wedding Day
    A few hours before he was to have been married, Pilot Officer John Weldon Butt, only son of Lieut.-Col. and Mrs. A. C. Butt, of Fareham, was found shot dead on Sunday in a field near the church where he was to have been married, after a four days' engagement, to Miss Penelope Mary Evans, of Trull, Somerset.
    A sporting gun ws by his side, and at an inquest at Taunton yesterday, Pilot Officer Butt's father said that his son had had a crash 15 months ago, while on a practice flight in a Spitfire. This had caused him to have periodic "black-outs."
    Lt. J. F Duckworth, R.N., to whom the gun belonged, said that P/O Butt shared a room with him. On the night before the wedding the deceased seemed to be slightly nervous but was looking forward to the event. He had had one of the black-out attacks a few days previously. On these occasions he would lose his sight for 30 seconds or a minute.
    The Coroner (Mr. F. Willmott), returning a verdict of "Suicide while the balance of the mind was disturbed," said: "He appeared to be cheerful and happy on Friday, but I can't help thinking that the excitement of his engagement, which apparently was a little sudden, was too much for him, and that late on Friday night he had a brainstorm."

    AC2 Ernest LAWSON - 1513039 - the Graves Registration Report Form records his unit as 2 G.T.S.

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    Simon

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