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    Default 421208 - Unaccounted airman - 8-12-1942 (Zimbabwe)

    What caused the death of following airmen of # 24 COAS (abbreviation not found), both KOAS and buried in the Gweru Cemetery, Zimbabwe:

    Sgt (Pilot) William A. BAILLIE - 1345039, and
    Sgt Denis COFORD - 1336714.

    Regards and thanks for your help.
    Henk.

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    I've only grasped this now, it must be 24 Air School with some error in the letters CO.

    The term COAS comes from the GRO RAF list, units are not always what they seem on this.
    Dennis Burke
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    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
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    No.24 COMBINED AIR OBSERVERS SCHOOL, RATG (RHODESIAN AIR TRAINING GROUP).

    Nucleus assembled 23-27.6.41 at WEST KIRBY; 14.7.41 advance party at HEANY; 3.8.41 unit officially opened at MOFFAT (nr. GWELO); 12.5.43 unit renamed No.24 Bombing and Gunnery Navigation School; Disbanded 13.4.45

    Representative aircraft: Oxford (AS497); Anson (DJ264) Battle TT (V1279); Harvard I. III. (N7162).

    See:
    Royal Air Force Flying Training and Support Units
    Sturtivant,R, Hamlin,J. & J.J.Halley
    Tunbridge Wells:Air Britain(Historians),1997
    p.95

    Col.
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    Hi Henk

    Sgt BUCHAN, GEORGE DANSKIN FINDLAY 1348002 is also listed as being from 24 COAS so he was probably killed in the same incident.

    Malcolm

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    Thanks friends, search goes on and names left on the 'unaccounted' list.
    Regards,
    Henk.

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    Hello,

    BAILEY, BUCHAN & COFORD.

    BAILLIE, Sergeant William Aitken, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (1345039), Pilot, 24 Combined Air Observers School, Rhodesian Air Training Group, Moffat, Rhodesia, 08 December 1942, Killed Whilst Flying, Oxford I AS487, Crashed during training flight, Age 21, Lanark, Gweru Cemetery, Zimbabwe (p.307).

    BUCHAN, Sergeant George Danskin Findlay, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, (1348002), Pilot under Training, 24 Combined Air Observers School, Rhodesian Air Training Group, Moffat, Rhodesia, 08 December 1942, Killed Whilst Flying, Oxford I AS487, Crashed during training flight, Age 19, Cowdenbeath, Fife, Gweru Cemetery, Zimbabwe (p.1060).

    Will add COFORD when the DVD arrives.

    See: Failed To Return, Part 2, A-B/Hobson/N&MP/2019.

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    Hi

    Coford was also in AS487 (from 'Clipped Wings Vol 1)

    Malcolm

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