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    Could anyone shed light on 850285 Cpl Gandy's (RAF (Aux)) death also in the same cemetry as Sgt Pilot SV Davidge?

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    Ditto

    RICHARD GANDY,

    Date of Death: 31/07/1944

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    Sterryj,

    war dead can usually be found listed on the CWGC website, www.cwgc.org it'll allow you fill in the date of death, which is on the head stone anyway.
    http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=2712048

    Gandy's death age 35 is registered in the Newark District, Lincs. His rank of Corporal means he was not air crew rank so he is unliely to have been involved in a flying accident.

    His name is listed in the RAF Casualty list 446 published in the Flight magazine dated November 30th 1944.

    The reason for death is listed as 'Died on Active Service'. This normally indicates a death from natural causes, illness, a car or bicycle accident. It does however include deaths on the ground from being struck by propellers. As one of the many thousands of airmen who get no unit listing on the CWGC his death certificate might hold some answers as to his cause of death.

    http://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1944/1944%20-%202491.html?search=Cpl.%20R.&tracked=1
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    Pobably born Q1 1909? Probably Enlisted R(Aux)AF (850285) after 1925. So only still a Cpl after 19 yrs service? By 1944 almost all aircrew were Sgt (or above). Therefore, as Dennis observes, he was probably ground crew (or other). You may have to get the DC to get further. Or, alternatively, go to Barnt Green (Worcestershire) and see what you can find there! If he is connected with Davidge then the 218 Sqn ORB/website might be productive.
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    Again, thanks for the replies. I will take a trip to Barnt Green one day in the next week or two to see what I find.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sterryj View Post
    Could anyone shed light on 850285 Cpl Gandy's (RAF (Aux)) death also in the same cemetry as Sgt Pilot SV Davidge?
    31 July 1944… Corporal’s fatal fall from lorry Corporal Richard Gandy, 35, died after falling from the back of an RAF lorry onto London Road, near Lime Grove Newark. He was rushed to the nearby Newark General Hospital but expired ten minutes later. Although witnesses said the lorry’s faulty backdoor had flapped open, Coroner Norman recorded an ‘Accident’ verdict at the subsequent inquest. Corporal 850285 Gandy, husband of Margaret of Barnt Green, Birmingham, and son of Ernest and Margaret Gandy, is remembered in Cofton Hackett Churchyard, Worcestershire.

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    Noggin 1969,

    Thank you for the additional information. You appear to have quoted from a newspaper article/report; could you provide the reference please as it may be useful to others? We are always on the lookout for sources.

    Brian

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lyffe View Post
    Noggin 1969,

    Thank you for the additional information. You appear to have quoted from a newspaper article/report; could you provide the reference please as it may be useful to others? We are always on the lookout for sources.

    Brian
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