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    Default 430529 - Unaccounted airwoman and airmen - 29-5-1943

    What were the places of death registration for:

    A - Died on active service:
    LAC Ronald R. BIDDLE - 1016112;
    AC1 James FEHILLY - 1126182;
    LAC James G. MURPHY - 855865 - 919/923 (Balloon) Sqn (in Flight Global no middle "G");
    LAC Sidney PARKER - 945946;
    LACW Rosina SHIPP - 2075843 - 961 (Balloon) Sqn (Dover), and
    W/O Patrick TULLY - 331596 (fm Irish Republic).

    B - Not found in Flight Global:
    Sgt (Pilot) Andrew J.M. CROZIER - 1482489.

    C - Killed on active service:
    P/O (Pilot) Hugh D. FRANCIS - 141137, and
    AC2 (WOp) William R. WHITEHOUSE - 1579728.

    D - Proposed aircraft losses:
    Albemarle II - P1503 - 305 FTU - flew into high ground mile N of Tigh-an-Loan Hotel, Feamen, near Kenmore, Perthshire.
    Tiger Moth II - R4921 - 9 EFTS - crashed in forced landing 1 mile NE of Ansty.
    Horsa I Glider - LJ170 - 297 Sqn - undershot landing NW of St.Mawgan.
    Master II - DK946 - 17 (P)AFU - crashed on landing Bodney.
    Oxford I - ED199 - 18 (P)AFU - crashed on take-off Cottage Farm, Ryton-on-Dunsmore, Coventry, Warwickshire (already as a casualty on this a/c: Sgt [Pilot] S. ROSENSTEIN - RCAF R/135233).
    Oxford I - ED228 - 6 (P)AFU - crashed on take-off mile NE of Windrush.
    Oxford I - LB478 - 11 (P)AFU - dived into ground at night Little Wollascott, 4 miles W of Shrewsbury, Shropshire.

    Regards and thanks for your help.
    Henk.

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    Hi Henk

    LAC Ronald R. BIDDLE - East Glamorgan
    AC1 James FEHILLY - not Eng/Wales
    LAC James G. MURPHY - Liverpool South
    LAC Sidney PARKER - Oxford
    LACW Rosina SHIPP - not Eng/Wales
    W/O Patrick TULLY - Surrey Mid East
    Sgt (Pilot) Andrew J.M. CROZIER - Stamford, Lincs
    P/O (Pilot) Hugh D. FRANCIS - Shrewsbury, Shropshire (LB478?)
    AC2 (WOp) William R. WHITEHOUSE - Shrewsbury, Shropshire (LB478?)

    Malcolm

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    There is a 23 year old James Fehilly in Manchester district, Lancs.

    There is a 35 year old Rosina Skipp in the index for the Dover District. I'd be content it was her.

    August 19th magazine lists Crozier as DOAS, which is strange since he has the pilot trade listed with him on CWGC.

    For the record, Simon Rosenstein is registered in Rugby district.
    Dennis Burke
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    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
    www.ww2irishaviation.com

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    Hi Henk,

    can confirm from ORB and accident card that Francis and Whitehouse were on LB478 which crashed during unauthorised low flying while on a night flying test.

    Cheers, Tom

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    Henk

    I have noted that the Albemarle was being flown by a Russion crew, pilot Gruzdin.

    regards

    DaveW

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    Albermarle P1503 was being flown by Major Alexsandr Ivanovitch Gruzdin who had been made a hero of the soviet union on 26/11/41 for flying over two hundred missions behind enemy lines. From memory the death certificate lists his surname as A.G Ivanovitch.
    The rest of the crew were:-
    Lt. Mechanic Alexiev, Russian.
    Lt. Dramin, Russian.
    Sgt. Francis Drahovzal, Czech who was a cook but acted as interpretor for the Russian crews at Errol.
    All are buried at Dundee Crematorium with the exception of Drahovzal who is buried at Murie, Errol.
    The cause of the crash was due to balast weights carried breaking free and causing control loss.
    The location is behind Cromrar cottage Fearnon which is half a mile north of Tigh-an-Loan hotel on O.S sheet 51 at 724451. A full recovery by Dumfries & Galloway aviation museum on 25/11/2006 yeilded one piston and a pile of ballast weights.

    Alan.

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    Thanks friends for all this excellent info.

    Henk.

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