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    Default AC2 A J. Truman - 28/09/1941

    Flight, has the following airman as having been 'Killed On Active Service'

    I presume this would not have been air related (nothing in BCL or the like) or due to illness. What would 'Killed On Active Service' cover as opposed to 'Died On Active Service?

    I have the following details....http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?t=3747&highlight=Truman

    Any help would be appreciated

    Regards
    Peter.

    Name: TRUMAN, ARTHUR JAMES
    Initials: A J
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Aircraftman 2nd Class (W. Op./Air Gnr. U/T)
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    Age: 28
    Date of Death: 28/09/1941
    Service No: 1186207
    Additional information: Son of Arthur J. Truman and Eleanor M. Truman, of Birmingham.
    Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Sec. 33. F.C. Grave 637.
    Cemetery: BIRMINGHAM (BRANDWOOD END) CEMETERY
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    Peter,

    I think you will find that 'Killed on active service' means that the individual died as a result of an accident or something similar whilst engaged on operational duties. Thus, if a person was killed on a training sortie, or a flight not engaged in operations against the enemy that would be classed as KOAS. 'Died on active service' means the person died as a result of non=operational circumstances - as a result of a heart attack, maleria or road accident.

    'Killed in action' means killed whilst attacking the enemy - ie, on a bombing raid.

    The definitions appeared in The Times on 1 February 1943 as follows:

    'Casualties "in action" are due to flying operations against the enemy; "on active service" includes ground casualties due to enemy action, non-operational flying casualties, fatal accidents, and natural deaths.'

    Brian

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    Many thanks for the explanation Brian, a great help.

    Regards
    Peter.

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    This is what the No.4 AOS ORB recorded.

    September 28th 1941, “During training operations aircraft No.L6341, Botha, crashed and was destroyed. The following were killed in the accident. 1109806 Sergt/Pilot William Main – 655731 Corporal Charles Jellicoe Bleackley – 1003610 LAC Arnold Alfred Lusha – 1186207 AC2 Arthur James Truman.”
    Alan Clark

    Peak District Air Accident Research

    http://www.peakdistrictaircrashes.co.uk/

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    Many thanks for the confirmation Al, its appreciated

    Regards
    Peter
    Last edited by peter; 5th December 2009 at 16:40.

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