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    Hi all, my first enquiry to you. I am researching the men on my village war memorial and FO JDT Pritchard has proved a bit elusive. Died 10/6/40. Service No: 41320. Runnymede Memorial. And thats it. Came from near Reigate, Surrey. His father was Capt John Pritchard, Secretary of the Royal Aeronautical Society and editor of its journal. Thanks for any help.

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    He is listed as being with a Unit:

    No 1 ACC Unit

    on the General Registers Office RAF overseas deaths index.

    He was listed as
    MISSING BELIEVED KILLED ON ACTIVE SERVICE (WHILE ENGAGED IN NON-OPERATIONAL FLYING DUTIES OR ON THE GROUND THROUGH ENEMY ACTJON).-P/O. J. D. T. Pritchard (41320); A/C.1 N. F. Williams (937495)
    in the RAF Casualty list 36
    http://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1940/1940%20-%201925.html

    AC1 Norman F Williams is also on the Runnymede memorial that day and his unit is listed as 'Penrhos'.

    That date it seems 1 AACU lost Hawker Henley L4332,

    http://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=15695:
    http://www.rafcommands.com/cgi-bin/dcforum/dcboard.cgi?az=show_thread&om=8678&forum=DCForumID 6

    Some one might be able to confirm more but looks like both men were on the aircraft. I would assume a typo on the GRO Index listing.

    AACU = Anti-Aircraft Co-operation Unit

    UK National Archvies files AIR 29/39-42 relate to 1 AACU.
    Last edited by dennis_burke; 16th November 2009 at 21:39.
    Dennis Burke
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    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
    www.ww2irishaviation.com

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    James
    Just out of interest
    I found this on the National Archives of Australia record search
    TOOMEY BERNARD HENRY : Service Number - 41320. [the same as Pritchard]
    Toomey is not listed as being killed, on the CWGC site

    Anne

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    Thank you very much Dennis. That all fits very well.

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    Hi All,

    Just for clarity this would be Henley L3432 which flew into sea in mist off Rhosoclyn , Anglesey 10.06.40

    Kind regards,

    Tim

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    I have today looked at the ORB for 'J' flight 1 AACU and can confirm that Pritchard and Williams were on that plane. They were doing a weather recce over the firing range at Ty Croes and while fling low in a heavy mist crashed into the sea. No bodies were recovered but various bits of wreckage came ashore in the following weeks, some of which was positively identified as from their plane, L3432.

    JDTP had helped form the flight on 1/12/39 at Farnborough before flying up to Penrhos on 14/2/40. L3432 joined the flight on 6/3/40.

    Thanks again for the initial leads.



    James

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