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    Default 430130 - Unaccounted airmen - 30-1-1943

    What were the places of death registration for:

    A - Not found in Flight archives:
    LAC James H. BALL - 854513 - 920 (Balloon) Sqn (Fazakerley, Merseyside).

    B - Killed on active service:
    Sgt (Pilot) Kenneth R. BLASKEY - 612308;
    Sgt (Pilot) James R. CRAVEN - 844256;
    F/Sgt (Pilot) Edward A. MERRY - 933067, and
    Sgt (WOp/Ag) Albert C. POULTON - 1264788.

    C - Proposed aircraft losses:
    Anson I - L7964 - CNS - crashed in forced landing Longdown Farm, Great Kimble, Buckinghamshire.
    Oxford II - X7261 - 3 FIS - crashed on take-off ¼ mile SW of Babdown Farm.
    Horsa I Glider - HG985 - Horsa Flight - crashed in forced landing Somerford, near Christchurch, Hampshire.
    Horsa I Glider - DP798 - HGCU - crashed on landing at night Brize Norton.
    Master II - AZ319 - 2 FIS - flew into high ground at night Canterland Farm, Hillside, near Montrose.

    Regards and thanks for your help.
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    Hi Henk

    LAC James H. BALL - 854513 - 920 (Balloon) Sqn (Fazakerley, Merseyside). - not Eng/Wales

    The following are all registerd in Wycombe, Buckinghamshire

    Sgt (Pilot) Kenneth R. BLASKEY - 612308;
    Sgt (Pilot) James R. CRAVEN - 844256; -
    F/Sgt (Pilot) Edward A. MERRY - 933067, and
    Sgt (WOp/Ag) Albert C. POULTON - 1264788.

    probably L7964?

    Malcolm

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    As ever, thanks Malcolm for your valuable info.
    Regards,
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    AZ319 was in the 2 FIS ORB, with J/9336 P/O A.E. David and 1314261 Sgt Young C.R. as the crew. Both survived the crash and died of injuries, Young in the ambulance en-route to Stracathro hospital and David at just after midnight on the 30th / 31st.

    And, the following came from the Central Navgiation School ORB,

    January 30th 1943, “Anson L7964 crashed at Longdown Farm, Gt. Kimble, Bucks. Crew Killed, Pilot 933067 Sgt Merry, E.A., W/Op 1264788, Sgt Poulton C.A., Pupil Navs 612308 Sgt Blaskey, K.R., 844256 Sgt Craven, J.R.”
    Alan Clark

    Peak District Air Accident Research

    http://www.peakdistrictaircrashes.co.uk/

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    Thanks Al; AZ319 was in my files, however without info on death.

    BLASKEY and CRAVEN (on the Anson) are both listed by CWGC as 'Pilot' (will amend my files in: Pilot/Nav u/t).

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    Hello

    LAC James H. BALL - 854513 - the Liverpool Echo of February 2nd 1943 carried the following announcement:

    BALL - Jan. 30 suddenly, in Ireland, JAMES HENRY HALL (L.A.C., R.A.F.), beloved husband of May and loving daddy of Billy.

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    Default Re: 430130 - Unaccounted airmen - 30-1-1943

    Not listed above but in the database as 'unaccounted'

    992496 LAC Robert STRACHAN RAFVR
    http://www.rafcommands.com/database/...hp?qnum=113785
    https://www.cwgc.org/find-records/fi...achan,-robert/

    Robert Strachan
    'Aircraft Mechanic, Private 992496, 209 Squadron, Royal Air Force'
    Died 30 January 1943 at Addington Hospital, Durban, aged 22, of 'dislocation of cervical vertebrae; myetitis; hypostatic pneumonia. The injuries were received whilst bathing at the South Beach, Durban, probably through deceased diving and striking the sand - accidental'

    From the Form of Information of a Death on FamilySearch
    https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61...M-J?cc=2721608

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