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    Default 430608 - Unaccounted airwoman and airmen - 8-6-1943

    What were the places of deathy registration for:

    A - Not found Flight Global:
    AC1 Randolph M. CRAWLEY - 1550823.

    B - Died on active service:
    F/Sgt Victor J. MORRIS - RAAF 404873;
    LACW Joyce P. MOSEY - 2005676;
    F/Sgt John F. NICHOLSON - 354160 - 952 (Balloon) Sqn (Sheerness), and
    AC2 George RULE - 1699812.

    C - Proposed aircraft losses:
    Beaufighter IIF - R2455 - 54 OTU - crashed on landing Charterhall.
    Henley I - L3250 - 1 AACU - crashed on landing Weston Zoyland.
    Master I - N7764 - RAFC - collided on approach with Oxford BG558 at Cranwell.
    Oxford I - BG588 - RAFC - crashed Cranwell South, refer to Master N7764.
    Tiger Moth II - R4853 - 14 EFTS - collided with Tiger Moth R4967 and crashed Stag House Farm, Market Bosworth, Leicestershire (R4967 could land safely).

    Regards and thanks for your help.
    Henk.

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    Randolph Crawley, no middle initial age 21 in Towcester district, Northamptonshire

    morris is recorded in the index as James V Morris Northallerton district, Yorkshire, based upon the following
    Morris A705 file title mentions - "Place - Northallerton, UK; Date - 8 June 1943"
    The Nominall Roll lists his unit as '1659 Communications Unit '

    This should be 'AIR 29/613 No. 1659 Conversion Unit, Leeming and Topcliffe' perhaps?

    Joyce P Mosey and John F Nicholson age 52, both in Aylesbury Buckinghamshire, note same district as Standing on June 9th.

    George Rule Amounderness district, Lancashire
    Dennis Burke
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    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
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    Henk,

    RE: Beaufighter IIF - R2455 - 54 OTU

    I believe the pilot of R2455 was AUS409635 Sgt Stanley James WILLIAMS RAAF. I don't know the extent of his injuries. The incident is described elsewhere as; heavy landing, undercarriage collapse. Williams went on to serve with No.456 Sqn RAAF. There is a short biography of Williams in 'Those Other Eagles'. Shores pp.648-9.

    Col.

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    Henk.

    Regarding F/Sgt Morris. Because he died in Northallerton or the immediate area could I suggest that he may have died in the Friarage Hospital which was used for military casualties at the time. I also have a note that he died from an illness but I can't remember where that came from.

    Just catching up on your posts of the last couple of weeks, regards Rich

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    Thanks friends for your help; was busy with other things and apologize the belated reaction.
    Regards,
    Henk.

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    A bit late but just to confirm Rich Allenby's post

    AWM Roll of Honour - Victor James Morris gives:
    Cause of death: Illness

    Source: AWM148 Roll of Honour cards, 1939-1945 War, Air Force

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    Henk,

    A follow up for you. 17 OTU ORB has the following:

    "On June 8th 1943 emergency aid to personnel in Wellington aircraft which crashed from 16 OTU. The crew were dead. The Fire Tender overturned, killing one and injuring three of the crew".

    Although it does not give service details, it is reasonable to assume that it was 1550823 AC1 Randolph M. CRAWLEY who died in this incident as his death was registered in Towecester approx 4 miles from RAF Silverstone in Northants.

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    Jonny
    In fond memory of Corporal James Oakland AGC (RMP), killed in action in Afghanistan on 22 October 2009. Exemplo Ducemus.

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    Henk,

    On the 8th June 1943, AUS404873 F/Sgt Victor James MORRIS RAAF, an observer, reported sick at 1700 hours having had a headache for 8 hours which was progressively getting more severe. He was admitted to hospital and died at 2330 hours. A post mortem revealed an Extradural Haemorrhage caused by a fractured skull.

    Storr, with corrections.

    Col.

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    Thanks Col & Jonny for this much appreciated and worthwhile info.
    Regards,
    Henk.

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