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    Default 104628 P/O Frank Darycott. Killed 13/4/42

    Hi all,

    I'm looking for any information on P/O Daycott. He was killed or died on 13/4/42.
    I couldn't find him in the Bomber Command or HCU book so maybe a fighter pilot or died but the plane wasn't written off? He is buried in the UK.
    He is also entitled to the Caterpillar club badge but I don't have any information on the action that this involved.

    Any help would be grateful,
    Many thanks,
    Glenn

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    Glenn, Here are your man's LG entries:
    Air Ministry,
    19th September, 1941.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE RESERVE.
    Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
    TECHNICAL BRANCH.
    The undermentioned are granted commissions for the duration of hostilities-:
    As Acting Pilot Officers on probation.
    22nd Aug. 1941.
    Frank DARYCOTT (104628).

    Air Ministry.
    30th December, 1941.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE.
    TECHNICAL BRANCH.
    Actg. Plt. Offs. (prob.) to be Plt. Offs. (prob,.) :
    29th Nov. 1941.
    F. DARYCOTT (104628).
    His branch and lack of a sqn on the CWGC site would suggest a non-operational appointment.
    Regards, Terry

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    Hi
    If it is any help his death is registered in Q2 1942 age 21 at Thrapston, Northamptonshire
    Edit:- He is buried at Wittering and this suggests a connection to the RAF station there. If he died on the Station he would be recorded at Peterborough but Thrapston, near Kettering, is not far away and would be appropriate if he was airborne, say on an Air Test, from Wittering and cleared away from the airfield.As a Technical Branch Officer it would not be unusual for some flying on Air Tests
    His name does not appear in Chorley's Bomber Command Losses Vol 9, Roll of Honour which suggests that he was not in Bomber Command as that Vol does record losses of life when no a/c was lost and includes groundcrew and HQ Staff
    Regards
    Dick
    Last edited by Dick; 8th January 2010 at 09:27.

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    Sometimes the ground crew went up with the crews (though not very often). If he actually went on an op maybe as a temp flight engineer and had to jump then he would have been entitled to a cat badge. If you can get his RAF records then it will tell you where he was based which will tell you which station he was on so you can have a look at the Station F540s for that period. A visit to Kew sounds like it might be worthwhile. By the way some people did get killed on the ground in incidents that happened ie there was a member of 75 sqn aircrew killled on the ground when he tried to go do a rescue so may be it was something like that...

    Dee

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    It was discussed on the old board,
    http://www.rafcommands.com/cgi-bin/dcforum/dcboard.cgi?forum=DCForumID6&mark=12491&az=next_to pic&archive=yes

    Boston - AX910 - 1453 Flt suggested.

    He is listed as Killed on Active service in RAF Casuatly List 139 published in the Flight magazine July 9th 1942. That would indicate a service related injury, air accident or straffing.

    Henk did not ask about him in his daily query for that day:
    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?t=5455&highlight=13-4-1942

    Hopefully Henk has some gen.

    The following airmen were also were Killed on Active Service that date and in Thrapston District, hence I would suggest they are related.



    KILLED ON ACTIVE SERVICE.
    Sgt. (W.Op./Obs.) S. Capewell;
    P/O. F. Darycott ;
    P/O. (Pilot) J. H. Horrell; ---> oddly this name is on the registered but age is given as 1, might be a typo.
    Dennis Burke
    - Dublin

    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
    www.ww2irishaviation.com

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    I've these three airmen on Havoc AX910 probably from a crash sheet of a former air war historian; must confess that Air Britain and Also Aeromilitaria have for AX910 3rd of April.
    Regards,
    Henk.

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