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    Default 430323 - Unaccounted airmen - 23-3-1943

    What were the places of death registration for:

    A - Died on active service:
    AC2 Cyril V.T. DIXON - 1509350;
    AC2 Walth(g)er E.M. HORN - 1808641, and
    AC1 William T. REEKS - 1432571 - 88 Sqn (Oulton, Norfolk).

    B - Not found in Flight Global:
    AC2 Wilfred J. HOLLIS - 922190 - age 26.

    C - Looking for GRO-listing of:
    Cpl William J. BREWER - 1101487 - KOAS - buried La Réunion War Cem., Bejaia, Algeria, and
    Cpl Albert W.G. WATSON - 966219 - DOAS - buried Weyburn, Saskatchewan, Canada.

    D - Furthermore looking for info on following airmen whose names are commemorated on Panel 171 of the Runnymede Memorial:
    LAC Stanley A.J. GARNER - 963445;
    AC1 Francis RILEY - 1693157, and
    LAC Seth WRIGHT - 1008778 (found a note that Wright may have been on HMT [troopship ?] P-41).

    E - Proposed aircraft losses:
    Catalina I - G-AGDA (BOAC) - crashed on landing Poole.
    Master II - AZ804 - 17 (P)AFU - crashed on approach Watton.
    Auster III - MZ139 - 652 (AOP) Sqn - flew into ground 1 mile S of Little Hormead, Hertfordshire (also looking for name of Army pilot).
    Auster III - MZ161 - 652 (AOP) Sqn - flew into ground 1 mile SW of Furneaux Pelham, Hertfordshire (also looking for name of Army pilot).

    Regards and thanks for your help.
    Henk.

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    Henk,
    Brewer....144 MU.
    Watson....41 SFTS.
    Last edited by AlanW; 5th April 2010 at 15:16.

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    Hi Henk
    Dixon,21, registered at Kington, Herefordshire
    Horn,21, registered at Hay,Breconshire.His first name is given the English spelling Walter on the register
    Reeks,19, registered at Bromley, Kent.This is on the SE side of London and he came from and is buried in Chatham not far East of Bromley.It may mean a death going to or from Home leave
    Hollis,registered at Amersham, Buckinghamshire. His age is given as 21 on the register
    Regards
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    Thanks Alan & Dick for your support.

    Henk.

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    Henk,

    No recorded casualties aboard BOAC Catalina AH563/G-AGDA, which crashed, caught fire, broke-up and sank while landing at Poole, on 23-3-1943.

    Col.

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    Henk,

    GRO has the unit for GARNER as 144 Sq and the unit for Riley as 144MU.

    The unit for Seth WRIGHT is shown as HMT P-41, which I take to be HM Troopship but so far I have not got any further leads.

    Dave Molyneux

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    Thanks Col & Dave.
    Dave: GARNER 144 Sqn might be incorrect as 144 Sqn at that time based at Tain, Ross & Cromarty, embarked for North Africa in May 1943. May have been - same as for RILEY - MU144, at that time at Maison Blanche, Algeria.
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    The following records:
    http://www.pooleflyingboats.com/archive/Newcomers-at-Poole-with-RNAS-Sandbanks.pdf

    Also, shortly after returning from its last West Africa run, G-AGDA was involved in a dreadful accident in Poole Harbour
    - in training 6 experienced personnel on 3rd. March 1943, with the loss of RO Martin, RO Mitchell & Eng. Off Loweman.

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    http://www.pooleflyingboats.com/archive/Momentum-for-the-Postwar-Era-at-Poole.pdf

    From Death Indexes
    Reginald Martin aged 34
    Leonard F Mitchell aged 27
    Warren Lowemann aged 34
    all listed on vol 5a pg 282, in the Poole District, Dorset
    Last edited by dennis_burke; 7th December 2010 at 21:56. Reason: corrected Lowemann spelling
    Dennis Burke
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    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
    www.ww2irishaviation.com

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    Hello,

    C - Looking for GRO-listing of:-

    1101487 Cpl William John BREWER.

    Brewer, Corporal William John, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (1101487), 144 Maintenance Unit, Maison Blanche, Algeria, HMT P41, 23 March 1943, Killed in Action (At Sea), La Reunion War Cemetery, Algeria.

    See:
    Failed To Return Airmen Died In The Second World War 1939-45 The Roll of Honour of the British Commonwealth and Allied Air Services - Part 2, A-B.
    Hobson,Chris.
    Uckfield:Naval & Military Press,2019.
    p.912

    Col.

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    Hi

    Riley was also serving with 144 MU so he was probably killed on HMT P41 as well

    Malcolm

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