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Thread: 420927 - Unaccounted airwoman and airmen - 27-9-1942

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    Hello

    LAC John L. BILLINGTON - 1450923, age 36 - the Harrogate Herald of October 14th 1942 reported the following:

    L.A.C. J. L. BILLINTON [sic]
    The death occurred recently of Leading Aircraftman John Leonard Billinton (R.A.F.), of Edgware Road, Middlesex, second son of Mr. Tom Billinton, 20, Granville Road, Harrogate, and the late Mrs. Billinton.
    L.A.C. Billinton went to St. Peter's School and Technical Institute at Harrogate, and was a boy chorister in Christ Church and St. Peter's Church choirs. Before volunteering for the R.A.F. he was employed at Handley Page's aviation works.


    The Graves Registration Report Form states he was with 30 M.U.

    F/Sgt Robert COCKROFT - 351465 - the Biggleswade Chronicle of October 9th 1942 reported the following:

    DEATH OF FLT/SERGT. R. COCKCROFT
    We regret to record the death which occurred in a Lincolsnhire hospital on September 27th of Flt.-Sergt. Robert Cockcroft, R.A.F., of 3, Grange Street, Clifton.
    Flt-sergt. Cockcroft, who was 48 years of agem enlisted in 1914 at the outbreak of the war andwas one of the guard of honour in France to His late Majesty King George V. In 1921 he joined the R.A.F. and saw service in an aircraft carrier and in the Middle East. He was invalided home and never regained good health.
    He leaves a widow, a daughter and a son. The eldest son, Vernon, was accidentally killed earlier this year while serving with the R.A.F. in Canada.


    His son was 1216583 Robert Vernon Cockcroft:

    https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/c...robert-vernon/

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    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/sho...-1942-(Canada)

    Regards

    Simon

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    Hello Ross, returning to the site after a hiatus of seven years !
    The controversy continues. The supposed second airman involved, a Thomas Blair Stewart FF/FX 90749, R.N. LEADING AIRMAN (ty) Home station H.M.S. Daedalus, DOB 18-7-1922, p.o.b. Johnstone, Renfrewshire,
    is officially listed as having died 21-9-1942,at Sealand, some six days before my Great Uncle, W.A.R.Bowring, died.
    I can find no trace of the existence of Thomas Blair Stewart in this world, apart from the detail as above, in the Army & Navy death records, obtained through Ancestry site.
    It all seems to be an official cover-up & understandable, given the value of propaganda at the time.
    Last edited by Ian_Portsmouth; 7th August 2018 at 20:50.

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    Thomas Blair Stewart very much existed, refer to his CWGC entry, parents names etc. Scottish born man.

    https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/c...-thomas-blair/

    His name is mentioned on this thread as his is the only close by 'young' name on the adjacent death register pages for Hawarden district


    From freebmd.org.uk

    Deaths Sep 1942

    ASTBURY Martha A 64 Hawarden 11b 212
    Brown Margaret E 49 Hawarden 11b 212
    Campden Harriet 75 Hawarden 11b 212
    Ellis Sarah A 57 Hawarden 11b 212
    King Annie M 77 Hawarden 11b 212

    Croose William 78 Hawarden 11b 213
    Davies William H 57 Hawarden 11b 213
    Flanagan Thomas 69 Hawarden 11b 213
    Roberts William 68 Hawarden 11b 213
    Stewart Thomas B 20 Hawarden 11b 213


    Bowring William A R 34 Hawarden 11b 214
    Brownhill Ruth E 0 Hawarden 11b 214
    Cottrell Ellen 77 Hawarden 11b 214


    he is also on the Scottish national War memorial

    There is rarely any cover up or anything shady, these aircraft were prone to crashing, it didn't take any interference, sabotage or the like, there was enough mechanical and weather related problems to account for most deaths.

    if you would like to try clear it up, you could order the death certificate for your relative and for Stewart to see were they killed in the same location with similar circumstances. You will not get the specific answer on teh internet.
    Dennis Burke
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    www.ww2irishaviation.com

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    I just checked Ancestry.com and there is a database I don't recall seeing before

    ADM 104: Service Registers and Registers of Deaths and Injuries

    And for T B Stewart FAA/FX 90749 is states PLACE OF DEATH "Sealand, Cheshire", no more detail unfortunatly.
    Dennis Burke
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    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
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    Hello Ian....

    I hope you are still on this thread as I also have a great Uncle William Bowring who I believe was a test pilot who was killed during a flight. If it is the same William Bowring then at the time he was married to my Great Auntie, Ruby (Rollings). If it is the same William Bowring I can tell you a little more!

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