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    Default 421223 - Unaccounted airmen - 23-12-1942

    Looking for info (cause of death, death registration) on:

    Sgt (Pilot) William D.P. HINDLE - 1336190, and
    Sgt (Radar/Obs) Randal G. PEARSON - 1339699,
    both KOAS and their death registered Amphill, Bedfordshire.

    LAC (Pilot u/t) Kenneth B. HUNTER - 1672053, and
    Sgt (Pilot) Robert B. NEILSON - 1370210,
    both KOAS and their death registered Rhynd, Perthshire.

    F/O (Obs) Ralph D. CHARTERS - RCAF J/13086 - 3 PRC, Bournemouth - DOAS.

    Proposed aircraft losses:
    Anson I - R9665 - 3 (C)OTU - crashed in forced landing Cranford, Northamptonshire.
    Blenheim I - L1289 - 12 (P)AFU - collided with Blenheim L8721 on take-off Harlaxton.
    Blenheim IV - L4872 - 51 OTU - crashed on take-off Wood End Farm, Marston, Bedfordshire.
    Blenheim I - L8721 - 12 (P)AFU - refer to Blenheim L1289.
    Oxford II - X7239 - 12 (P)AFU - Engine cut; hit barn on approach after other engine lost power, Harlaxton.
    Tiger Moth - BB685 (ex. G-ADVP) - 11 EFTS - Collided with Swordfish K8407 and crashed Bathepburn, near Elco, Perthshire (Hunter and Neilson ?). Also casualties on the FAA Swordfish ? (Not listed Air Britain Aeromilitaria).

    Regards and thanks for your help.
    Henk.

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    Hindle & Pearson in Blenheim L4872 (due to engine failure)

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    Henk,

    Re: Anson I R9665

    Crew - no fatalities - Alpha order:

    1312573 Sgt William John HARGREAVES RAFVR - Inj? (+ 16-8-43 No.58 Sqn)
    AUS412549 P/O John William LENNON RAAF - Inj.
    NZ415702 Sgt Raymond William Gibson LESLIE RNZAF - Inj. (+ 28-1-45 No.489 Sqn)*
    AUS413255 P/O Thomas Henry RIDGWAY RAAF - Inj.
    927502 F/Sgt Temple - Inj?

    * See: FYT2/318 & FYT3/299

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    I have Sturivants Swordfish Story and it gives no casulaties for the Swordfish aricraft, also no deaths listed for that date here: http://www.naval-history.net/xDKCas1942-12DEC2.htm

    Entry is:
    23.12.42 K8407 9 (P) AFU Errol Collided with Tiger Moth BB685
    W/O on that date.
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    Hi Henk,

    F1180 confirms Neilson and one other killed on BB685 so most likely Hunter.

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    Hello

    LAC (Pilot u/t) Kenneth B. HUNTER - 1672053 - the Graves Registration Report Form confirms his unit as 11 E.F.T.S.

    F/O (Obs) Ralph D. CHARTERS - RCAF J/13086 - his R.C.A.F. records include photos of his funeral, with full military honours, and with his coffin on a gun carriage towed by what looks like a Morris Quad. His death certificate states that he died at Bourne Dene, Manor Road, Bournemouth, due to a self-inflicted gunshot wound. It states "No evidence to show state of deceased's mind at the time of occurence."

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    Simon

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