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    Default 421010 - Unaccounted airmen - 10-10-1942

    What were the places of death registration for:
    F/O Reginald C. FOURNISS - 103746, age 36, and
    LAC William J. HEMSLEY - 1251292 - age 31, 904/905 (Balloon) Sqn (Clapham Common, London),
    both names not found in the Flight archives.

    Proposed aircraft losses:
    Beaufighter VI - T5259 - 2 (C)OTU - crashed on take-off Kirkburn, Yorkshire (already as a casualty on this a/c: Sgt [Pilot] R.A. STRANG - 656403).
    Hudson I - T9319 - 1 (C)OTU - crashed in forced landing Crosby.
    Hudson VI - FK494 - 10 MU - flew into high ground Lanhill Farm, Yatton Keynall, Chippenham, Wiltshire.
    Hurricane X - AG116 - 16 FPP - crashed on take-off Silloth.

    Regards and thanks for your help.
    Henk.

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    Hi Henk

    Fourniss - Leicester
    Hemsley - Lambeth, London

    Malcolm

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    Strang was registered in Buckrose District,

    There is a P/O R C Fourniss and a LAC W J Hemsley listed DOAS in Jan 14th magazine.

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    P/O. R. C. Fonrniss; L.A/C. W. J. Herosley;
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    As ever, thanks Dennis & Malcolm for your help.
    Regards,
    Henk.

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    Another personnel loss on this day is as follows;

    R/104097 Sgt Stephen David McPhee RCAF (Age 33) Killed in an RTC with a Van on the Great North Rd (now the A1). He is buried in All Saints Churchyard, Wittering, Cambridgeshire
    At the time of his death, Sgt McPhee RCAF was a WOP/AG serving with No 1654 HCU at RAF Wigsley, Nottinghamshire

    Tony H

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    Hi sorry for jumping on the thread and I see its been a few years. But can you help me? My great grandfather was/is William James Hemsley. I'm trying to find out any information at all about his time serving how and where he died etc. My grandmother is desperate to know anything as her mother re married and he was never spoken of again. I would appreciate any help you could give me. All I have is his service record. Which just details the different sqns he was in. Thankyou very much.

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    Hello, and welcome to the forum. If you have any queries about his service record, I'm sure there will be posters on here who could help.

    Meanwhile, do you have his death certificate? You can order one from this link on the gov.uk website:

    https://www.gov.uk/order-copy-birth-...ge-certificate

    You'll need to register on the G.R.O. site, and it'll cost 9.95 for a printed copy. His death was registered at Lambeth, South London, as mentioned above.

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    Simon

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    Hi
    Thanks for that I don't have one so I will get ordering 1 straight away. Thankyou very much for your help. Any info about him is great so thankyou for the advice.

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    can you transcribe his postings and leave?

    Was he on duty when he died?

    The Died on Active Service classification covers a good number things. From those who died of illness, or falling off a bike in the black out and banging your head, or servicemen who were killed by bombings but while off duty. A great many things. Taken in context with death cert will paint the picture.
    Dennis Burke
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    Default The Unaccounted Project - Final Stretch Updates by Jon Heyworth

    UPGRADE to Gerald McTavish Milton R 152762, he died in the Brandon general hospital, Manitobia, of septic endocarditis and generalised septecemia having been discharged physically unfit on 30th March 1942

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