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    Default Unaccounted airmen - 25-7-1940

    What caused the death of:

    Sgt (Pilot) Gerald J.L. JOHNSON - 740287 - killed on active service (Flight Global), buried Leicester (Gilroes) Cem. (UK2166), and

    Sgt (Pilot) William H. TIBBLES - 754133 - killed on active service (Flight Global), buried Southchurch (Holy Trinity) Churchyard, Southend-on-Sea, Essex (UK3611).

    Proposed aircraft losses for this day:

    Anson I - L7928 - 6 FTS - crashed in forced landing Grendon Underwood, Buckinghamshire;
    Beaufort I - N1088 - 12 MU - crashed in forced landing 2 miles S of Dumfries (already as a casualty P/O [Pilot] Robert A.D. SMITH - 81045);
    Botha I - L6124 - 1 (C)OTU - crashed in forced landing Threapland Moss, Aspatria, Cumberland;
    Harvard I - P5901 - 15 FTS - crashed on take-off at night 1 mile N of Windrush;
    Hurricane I - L1791 - 7 OTU - crashed in forced landing Holt, Denbighshire;
    Master I - N7690 - 14 FTS - crashed on take-off at night Cranfield, Bedfordshire (already as a casualty Sgt [Pilot] George H. BELL - 748794);
    Oxford II - N4757 - 14 FTS - flew into ground Chipperfield, Hertfordshire.

    Regards and thanks for your help.
    Henk.

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    Hi Henk
    There a death of a Gerald J L Johnson age 23, registered at Ampthill which is close to Cranfield. He could have been in N7690
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    Dick

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    Hi Henk
    There is a death of a William H Tibbles age26 registered at Cirencester. There are several places called Windrush around England but one of them is about 10 Kms N E of Cirencester and in June '40 part of 15 FTS was at South Cerney which is only 4 kms from Cirencester.
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    Gents

    CWGC has Bell died on 26th July, Tibbles on 25th


    The death register for Cirencester has Bell on page 984 Tibbles on Page 1018 in the same qtr. (I understand that there are four entries to a page). This suggests to me that the death of Bell was reported to the registrar some time before that of Tibbles even though he was killed a day later! I don't know how many deaths would be registered in Cirencester in two days but surely not as many as 34 days x 4 = 136 or so enties. I'm puzzled now unless there is an error in the CWGC dates which is not unknown.

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    Dave,
    I believe that BELL, mentioned page 984 of the Cirencester Register, may have been P/O Eric W. BELL - 77775 of 263 Sqn who was killed on Blenheim L1105 of 5 OTU (Conversion training) at Frampton Mansell 23rd July 1940.
    Please advise.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dick View Post
    Hi Henk
    There a death of a Gerald J L Johnson age 23, registered at Ampthill which is close to Cranfield. He could have been in N7690
    Regards
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    Dick

    Is (already as a casualty Sgt [Pilot] George H. BELL - 748794); Registered at same location!

    Paul

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    Hi Henk and Paul
    There is a George H Bell age 19 whose death is registered at Cirencester, which might put him with Tibbles.
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    Dick

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    Dick

    So it looks like Bell and Tibbles were on same aircraft...

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    What's your idea about BELL, JOHNSON, TIBBLES ?

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    Henk,

    That's correct. I really don't know where I got 26th from, perhaps these glasses!

    regards

    Davew

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