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    Default 421009 - Unaccounted airman - 9-10-1942

    What were the places of death registration for:

    A - Killed on active service:
    Sgt (WOp/Ag) Harold J.B. HARRISON - 1024222.

    B - Died on active service:
    Sgt Thomas W. PARRY - 1381589.

    C - Also looking for info on the following airman, missing and commemorated on Panel 87 of the Runnymede Memorial:
    Sgt John H. LEADLEY - 532414 (listed in Casualty Communiqué 203, Flight 25-3-1943 as 'Died of wounds or injuries received on active service' !).

    D - Proposed aircraft losses:
    Lysander III - T1512 - 1 AGS - crashed in forced landing 1 mile N of Brecon, Brecknockshire.
    Lysander III - T1558 - 7 (C)OTU - crashed in forced landing Lough Foyle, 2 miles SW of Magilligan.

    Regards and thanks for your help.
    Henk.

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    Hi Henk
    Parry,20, registered at Huntingdonshire North
    Harrison,22 didn't come up but he is buried in N Ireland,in Co Londonderry and it could connect him to the Lysander at Magilligan
    Leadley wasn't on the register ,not unusual for a Runnymede Commemoration but how did they know he died of wounds or injuries?
    Regards
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    Last edited by Dick; 9th November 2009 at 19:36.

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    Hi Henk

    Leadley is on the GRO lists as being on HMT Laconia.

    Malcolm

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    http://www.rushdenheritage.co.uk/war/memorial%20men/harrisonH1942.html

    The website above is about H J B HARRISON and includes a picture. Although it does not mention the aircraft involved it does show the unit as 7 (C) OTU, and gives the following account:

    He was the wireless operator and rear gunner on a non operational exercise, detailed to act as target aircraft. After making a dummy attack on another aircraft, the engine refused to pick up. The pilot in attempting to make a forced landing, struck the sea where the plane broke up and sank immediately. Despite a brief appearance in the water of his flying helmet, Sergeant Harrison was not seen alive again and it was believed he died on impact with the sea. The accident occurred in Lough Foyle near Magilligan, Londonderry. His body was recovered from the sea on the evening of the 8th, February 1943 and buried on Thursday 11th, February in the churchyard of Limavady, with full military honours.

    This backs up Dick's work showing him likely on T1558.

    Martyn

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    Thanks all for your much appreciated help.
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    Henk.

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    Default Re: The Unaccounted Project - Final Stretch Updates by Jon Heyworth

    William Milford McGrath 900875 , died in a lifeboat following the sinking of the Laconia

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    Default Re: The Unaccounted Project - Final Stretch Updates by Jon Heyworth

    John Horace Leadley 532414 , died in a lifeboat following the loss of HMT Laconia

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    Default Re: The Unaccounted Project - Final Stretch Updates by Jon Heyworth

    Thomas Wynford Parry 1381589 , attached to Number 1654 HCU , was killed in a collision with a van at 23:00 Hours on the Great North Road 2 miles South of Stamford

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    Default Re: The Unaccounted Project - Final Stretch Updates by Jon Heyworth

    Arthur David Robbins 1212776 , attached to RAF Hal Far, died in Number 90 General hospital of typhoid fever

    HE was NOT killed in an air attack as per this database entry

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