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    Hello All,

    The following officer is buried in Ireland. I found these details in the CWGC site. This man may have some Indian parentage if I am refering to his name, but I may be wrong. Anyway, whatever if I am right or not, I would be interested in knowing why he is buried in Ireland in the County of Dublin.

    KHAN, MAURICE DONALD
    Initials: M D
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Flight Lieutenant (Pilot)
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    Date of Death: 23/08/1944
    Service No: 119569
    Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Cemetery: DOLPHINS BARN JEWISH CEMETERY

    Thanks in advance

    Phil

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    His death apperas to be registered in Epping District, Essex in England aged 30. Death Ref: 4a 338

    Clearly his parents or family lived in Ireland.

    The surname Khan is a common enough name in Irish BMD registers.

    I found a border crossing card from 1941 where he crossed at Detroit. Card says he was born in Dublin, Ireland, 1914. Can't find him on the birth registers, but I doubt they are fully complete.

    He was not aircrew at the time in 1941 but was visting an aerospace company in Georgia.
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    Possible Essex crash:

    Auster MT336 Stalled after take-off and spun into ground Chigwell, Essex

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    Thanks Dennis for those details. I don't know in which unit he was flying with at the date of his death but he has been a Mustang pilot with No.168 Sqn.

    Phil

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    Default Putting the record straight

    Flt Lt Maurice Khan, my maternal uncle, was an Irish-born Jew from a respected Dublin family who gave up a job in South Africa to volunteer for the RAF. He was killed when the Mustang he was flying as part of a unit taking part in a raid on Dieppe ditched shortly after take-off. He is buried in Dublin next to his father. His brother, Robert, was also a volunteer, serving in the Royal Army Medical corps.

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    Hi Geoffrey, thanks for the info.

    As an airman killed in a crash in England, and his body was recovered, there was the oppertunity for his family to have had his body brought to his home place for burial. Had he been shot down over Franch, he would be buried there.

    It worked the other way also, for the man airmen killed in Ireland, the 26 counties, most were returned to their families for burial simply because they could, logisticaly.

    You can check up on the suggested aircraft crash above by contacting the RAF Museum and requesting a copy of the Air Ministry Form 1180 for Auster MT336 from their records. you can use this link:
    http://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/research/contact.cfm

    The record will confirm if M D Khan was on board or not.

    Woudl you like me to send you the border crossing card from Ancestry.com?
    Dennis Burke
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    Default Thanks Dennis

    Many thanks for that. I have applied for
    Air Ministry Form 1180 for Auster MT336
    and I will update my reply if necessary in
    accordance with the response.

    Geoffrey

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