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    Default Sergeant (Pilot), Eric John Easton

    Would be interested in the cause of death of -

    Name: EASTON, ERIC JOHN
    Initials: E J
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Sergeant (Pilot)
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    Date of Death: 30/04/1941
    Service No: 1253064
    Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Sec. C. 1st Gen. Joint grave 793.
    Cemetery: CHARLTON CEMETERY, Greenwich

    Said to have flown Hurricanes and 'Killed on Active Service' as opposed to 'Died in Service'

    Would be grateful for details of the cause of death.

    Tony

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    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?p=14338

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    Hi Tony
    Small crumb! Easton's death age 19, is registered at Bishop's Stortford Hertfordshire.I couldn't find him in Norman Franks' Fighter Command Losses on the date given but it is possible that he was shot down at an earlier date and succumbed to injuries at the end of April '41
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    Thanks Paul & Dick

    As you say Dick 'Small crumb' but at least it is something

    Regards, Tony

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    For those interested - Sgt.Pilot Eric John Easton's Death Cert. states 'Cause of Death' - "Flying Accident Due to War Operations".

    If anybody can elaborate on this would be grateful.

    Tony

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    Tony

    Does his death Cert give a location ???

    I.e. Hospital??

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    How about

    30.4.41 Hurricane I P3864 52 OTU near Bishops Stortford, Herts. DIG

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    Paul

    It quotes White Hall Bishop's Stortford. A search on Google shows a Whitehall Hotel as a restored Manor House. So was the Manor House an emergency War Hospital, possibly for Officers?

    My Knowledge of RAF history is extremely limited so what happened to Hurricane I P3864, 52 OTU (Officers Training Unit??) ? It's the right date.

    Tony

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    DIG = Dived into Ground....


    OTU = Operational Training Unit

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    Paul

    Sounds a very likely possibility.

    Tony

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