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    Default Unaccounted airmen - 9-9-1940

    What caused the death of and what were the places of death registration for:

    P/O Stephen BODY - 82968 - cremated Birkenhead (Landican) Crem., Cheshire (UK6046A), and
    P/O (Pilot) William G. REES - 84926 - buried Ogmore & Garw (Pontycymmer) Cem., Glamorganshire (UK9147).
    Can't find both names in Flight archives.

    Proposed aircraft loss for this day:
    Harvard I - P5885 - 15 FTS - crashed on take-off near Brockworth, Gloucestershire.

    Regards and thanks for your help.
    Henk.

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    Hi Henk
    Both Body,25 and Rees,22 are registered at Holywell just over the border in Flintshire closish to Sealand and Hawarden if they were in an accident away from the airfield. They may well have been in the same a/c but the entries place them a long way from Gloucestershire.
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    Henk

    Body and Rees were killed in the crash of Master N7967 at Northop, Mold

    regards

    DaveW

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    Hi Henk
    Holywell is the likely Office to register a death in the Mold area
    Regards
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    Thanks Dav & Dick.
    Simple question from a Dutchman: What was de "Mold area" ?
    Master N7967 is not on the Aeromilitaria List "Crashes in the UK". Air Britain mentions for this serial: 7 OTU - SOC 21.9.40 at 34 MU.

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    Hi Henk
    The Mold area simply means the countryside around Mold, which is a small town in Flintshire N Wales. The sort of reasonably open country where a training a/c could go and play and keep clear of the circiut of it's home airfield.
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    Thanks Dick. Day by day learning more and more about the UK geography, thanks to my hobby and your (yours) terrific help.

    Henk.

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    F1180 gives 2 fatalities for Harvard I - P5885 - 15 FTS - crashed on take-off near Brockworth, Gloucestershire.

    Pilot listed as Sgt E A Hares.

    Paul, can you please check to see if Henk's files had Hares assigned to a different loss.

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