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    Default Unaccounted airmen - 18-7-1940

    What caused the death of:

    Cpl Stanley E. FLOYD - 362380 - killed on active service (Flight Global), buried Montrose (Sleephillock) Cem., Angusshire (UK8193), and

    F/Sgt Roy NELSON - 560353 - killed in active service (Flight Global), buried Darlington West Cem., Durham County (UK303).

    Proposed aircraft losses for this day:

    Battle Trainer - P6726 - 1 FTS - bellylanded Netheravon.
    Blenheim IV - N3566 - 2 SAC - crashed on take-off Andover.
    Hurricane I - N2478 - 7 OFU - crashed in forced landing Broughton, Cheshire.

    Regards and thanks for your help.
    Henk.

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    Hi Henk
    From Warner's "Blenheim" N3566 is reported as hitting the boundary at Andover-P/O Fitzpatrick and crew uninjured.
    Regards
    Dick

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    Henk, I have copy death certs for these two airmen, registered consecutively at Montrose.
    Place of death given as 8 FTS, Montrose.

    Cause of death of Nelson - fractured skull etc.

    For Floyd - large perforated shrapnel wound into posterior aspect of right pleural cavity.

    However I do not have a record of whatever caused this incident. Can anyone throw any light?

    regards

    DaveW

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    Killed in Bombing RAID

    Battle of Britain Campaign Diary
    Date: 18 July 1940

    Scotland

    At 0942 hours a Heinkel 111 bombed Montrose Aerodrome, diving as low as 500 feet. Some aircraft received slight splinter damage and five casualties, two fatal, were suffered by RAF personnel. Montrose was bombed at 1030 hours.

    http://www.raf.mod.uk/Bob1940/july18.html

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    Thanks DaveW and Dick. Let's hope somebody has more on the Montrose accident. (Air raid ?).
    Regards,
    Henk.

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    Thanks Paul. You beat me with my last entry. DaveW and Dick also will be happy to be informed.
    Regards,
    Henk.

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    Hi all and Dave W in particular

    I am interested to find out if this Flt. Sgt. Roy Nelson is the same "Flt. Sgt. R. Nelson", who served with 41 Squadron between 1935 and 1938. Does anyone have any information on Nelson's previous service which might prove or disprove this?

    Thanks
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    Gents,

    Further to my above query, I have just received additional information from an unexpected source. John Shipman, who has recently published a book about his late father and BoB pilot, Wg. Cdr. Edward A. 'Shippy' Shipman AFC, found the following amongst his father's original memoirs:

    "25th Sept. 1940 - No 8 SERVICE FLYING TRAINING SCHOOL - MONTROSE
    On arriving at Montrose I learned that an old friend, Flt. Sergt. Roy Nelson who left the Squadron just before the war to become an instructor, had been killed by a German raider whilst taxying out with his pupil. There were several other casualties as well as damage to hangars."

    Nelson was with 41 Squadron from 1935-1938, and went to Aden with the unit in 1935-1936. He was promoted to Flt. Sgt. in August 1937.

    Trust this is of interest to Henk.

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    Steve
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    Thanks Steve.
    Dave: Aircraft probably could be repaired. No 'candidate' for this date in Aeromilitaria 'Crashes in UK' (or it must have been Harvard N7159 where AB mentions "10" FTS only with "Crashed - NFD".
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    Henk, Dave W
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    Air Britain L N register has two entries which may be relevant:

    N7557 Destroyed in air raid Montrose 18.7.42 (is this a typo or just a coincidence?)

    N7562 Destroyed in air raid Montrose 18.7.40

    Interesting that this seems to give a slightly different impression to that given on the BoB website. Was somebody being economic with the truth?

    It is probably correct that some aircraft did receive slight splinter damage but this may not be the whole truth.

    HTH

    Dave Molyneux

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