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    Henk , Hurricane P3855 of 55 OTU , unit orb has the following ,
    6/12/42 Flying accident to Hurricane N3855 (note wrong serial letter), at IRVING FARM ,2mls South of Langholm Dumfrieshire ,Pilot R121355,SGT RH JONES,INJ,Cause weather deteriorated and the pilot became lost and eventually crashed into hillside .

    STN SICK QUARTERS also states the following , 6/12/42 ,22.00hrs information received that Aircraft from Langtown crashed into hill nr Langholm civil police and stn duty officer state too dangerous to send search party ,Search party from SSQ proceeded but failed to locate crash ,WEATHER FOUL.

    SSQ, 7/12/42 ,R121355,SGT PILOT JONES ,Pilot off Aircraft (Hurricane),from Langholm,which crashed previous evening admitted to SSQ, with concussion and grazes .

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    Thanks for that Paul - much appreciated.

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    Default 421206 - Unaccounted airwoman and airmen - 6-12-1942

    Hello,
    Details from RAFDavidstowmoor.org.
    6-12-1942
    Bristol Beaufort DD980 - 1 OADU RAF Portreath. Crashed West Point Porthtowan Beach.
    2 dead 2 mia.
    AND
    6-12-1942
    Lockheed Hudson VI, FK522 - 1 OADU RAF Portreath. Night take off, crashed into cliff at Sunny Bottom Cliff and exploded.
    Five crew killed and also Four others who scrambled down the cliff to attempt to rescue the crew. Hardman was one of those four, he was the Engineering Officer .
    It is most likely that both Ashton and Moulton were involved in these crashes.

    Alex

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    Hello,

    The following is known on the loss of Hudson VI FK522:

    6-12-1942
    No.1 OADU
    Hudson VI FK522

    Took off Portreath in transit to Gibraltar. The aircraft took off climbing in the normal direction over the sea, and then it started a turn to port gradually, but lost height until it hit cliffs at 0525, and exploded on impact.

    913390 Sgt John Walter Cameron KIDD RAFVR +
    656489 Sgt Philip Henry MOULTON RAF +
    AUS411316 F/Sgt (W.Op./Air Gnr.) Reginald Joseph HAIRE RAAF +
    J/9847 F/O Robert Joseph GUNN RCAF +
    4693135 Craftsman George ATKINSON REME +

    Kidd, Haire & Gunn are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial. Moulton on the Malta Memorial, and Atkinson is buried in Sherburn-in-Elmet (All Saints) Churchyard.

    Other than Hardman, have no firm details on casualties amongst the rescuers.

    Col.
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    Thanks all for additional information. Much was known but so often small details missing.
    Regards,
    Henk.

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    Hello

    F/Lt (Air Bomber/Instr.) Norman A. BUTCHER - 66008 - his death certificate is on ancestry.co.uk. He died at Faringdon Road, Coleshill, the result of an aircraft accident. The Graves registration Report Form lists his unit as 1 B.A. School.

    LAC Arthur COONEY - 970988 - age 23 - the Hull Daily Mail of December 10th 1942 reported the following:

    After privately reading correspondence the East Riding Coroner (Mr. T. Holtby) stated at a Bridlington inquest on Firday that a letter showed that deceased had been worrying. The subject of the inquiry was 24 year old L.A.C. Arthur Cooney, R.A.F., who was found on Sunday evening with a bullet wound in his chest. The verdict was that the balance of his mind being disturbed, Cooney took his own life.

    Section Offr (WAAF) Vera ROWSON - 254 - the National Probate Calendar records that she died at University College Hospital, Gower Street, London.

    Regards

    Simon

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    Butcher - He was killed on 7 Nov whilst flying in Oxford I, V4051 of No 1 BAS, which dived into the ground at night near Watchfield.

    Malcolm

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    Malcolm,

    Thanks for the info on Butcher.

    Regards

    Simon

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