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    Default 430404 - Unaccounted airmen - 4-4-1943

    What were the places of death registration for:

    A - Died on active service:
    LAC Leonard COLLEDGE - 1425963.

    B - Killed on active service:
    F/Sgt (Airgunner) William L. HENDERSON - 646320.

    C - Looking for GRO-listing of:
    AC1 Kenneth M. WOODWARD - 1175062 - DOAS - buried Medjez-el-Bab War Cem., Tunisia.

    D - What caused the death of:
    F/Sgt (WOp/Ag) Peter KNIGHTS - 1600425 - 70 Sqn (Gardabia, Libya) - KOAS - buried Bari War Cem., Italy. (Can't find a Wellington loss for his sqn this day and may the a/c safely have returned).

    E - What was the unit of LAC (Pilot u/t) Keith T.L. WADE - 1337133 - DOAS - buried Montréal, Québec, Canada.

    F - Proposed aircraft losses:
    Beaufighter IIF - T3422 - 54 OTU - crashed on landing Winfield.
    Beaufighter VI - T5152 - 2 (C)OTU - crashed on overshoot Catfoss (already as a casualty on this a/c: F/O [Pilot] D.P. O'REGAN - 46537 - buried Ardfield Burial Ground, Co. Cork, Irish Republic).
    Beaufighter VI - X7959 - 96 Sqn - crashed on take-off Chadwick End, 1 mile W of Honiley.
    Harvard I - N7178 - 41 OTU - crashed on take-off Hawarden.
    Master I - T8497 - 10 FIS - crashed on approach Whiteknights Park, near Reading, Berkshire.
    Tiger Moth II - N6601 - 22 EFTS - crashed on landing Cambridge.
    Martinet I - HP267 - 1486 Flt - crashed in forced landing on beach ½ mile N of Rhosneigr, Anglesey.
    Whitley V - EB285 - 42 OTU - crashed in forced landing 1 mile E of Highbridge, Somerset.

    Regards and thanks for your help.
    Henk.

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    Hi Henk
    Just one!
    Colledge,21, registered at E Glamorgan
    Henderson didn't come up but he came from Lanark,Scotland and is buried there
    Regards
    Dick

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    Henk,

    1600425 F/Sgt Peter KNIGHTS was killed on 4-4-1945, not 4-4-1943.

    Possibly:

    4-4-1945
    No.70 Sqn.
    Liberator VI KL355

    Collided in circuit with (Liberator) KK302 and crashed, Celone, Italy.

    175205 P/O (Pilot) Frank Joseph HALES RAFVR + (buried XIII.A.3)
    187249 P/O (Nav.) Kenneth George GLEAVE RAFVR + (XIII.A.6)
    1600425 F/Sgt (W.Op./Air Gnr.) Peter KNIGHTS RAFVR + (XIII.A.8)
    1237045 W/O (W.Op./Air Gnr.) James Derrick WOOD RAFVR + (XIII.A,4)
    2220794 Sgt (Flt. Eng.) David Herbert ROBERTS RAFVR + (XIII.A.2)
    184158 F/O (Air Bomber) Aubrey Matthew SHAW RAFVR + (XIII.A.7)
    195865 P/O (Air Gnr.) Ronald Frederick Charles SHARP RAFVR + (XIII.A5)
    1502728 W/O (Air Gnr.) Henry SIMMS RAFVR + (XIII.A.1)

    All buried Bari War Cemetery.

    Col.
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    Henk

    F/Sgt (Airgunner) William Law HENDERSON - 646320 aged 21. His death is registered in Draine, County of Moray, Scotland. The statutory death record indicates his death occuring "In the air over Lossiemouth". The statutory death record was witnessed and signed by a F/Lt. from RAF Lossiemouth.

    Douglas

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    Hi Henk

    Wade - 13 SFTS.

    Malcolm

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    Hello Henk,

    For the record Martinet HP267 1486 Flight suffered engine failure at 300' when pilot throttled up after dropping drogue, aircraft made wheels up forced landing on beach. Engine failure due to fuel starvation, pilot Sgt HENNESSY, V (1330364) injured; unknown T.T.O. also injured. If anyone knows the T.T.O. name it would be greatly appreciated.

    Kind regards,

    Tim

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    Have to thank you all for your excellent reactions to this thread.
    Regards,
    Henk.

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    Here are some of the record book entries.

    No.2 (C)OTU

    April 4th 1943, “Beaufighter T5152 total wreck, engine failure and pilot attempted to take off again and spun in. Pilot 46537 F/O O’Regan killed; Navigator 1075064 Sgt Caffyn seriously injured.”

    No.20 OTU

    April 4th 1943, “Wellington “D” of “A” Flight burst a tyre on landing – no further damage to aircraft.
    Wellington “P” of “A” Flight landed at Drem with supposed petrol shortage.
    Wellington “N” of “B” Flight crashed SE of Bombing Range and caught fire. Two of crew killed, remaining four members of crew uninjured.
    Martinet “M” of Gunnery Flight involved in towing wire accident resulting in the death of F/Sgt Henderson, an Instructor.”

    No.42 OTU

    April 4th 1943, “Whitley V No. EB285 crashed at Highbridge F/O Rees and 2 crew injured.”
    Alan Clark

    Peak District Air Accident Research

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

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    Default 430404 - Unaccounted airman - 4-4-1943

    Looking for the GRO-listing of AC1 Leonard W. READ - 923979 - age 28 - KOAS and buried in the Sfax War Cem., Tunisia.
    Regards and thanks,
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    Hi Henk

    Read was with 53 RSU.

    Malcolm

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