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    Default Unaccounted airmen - 28-7-1940

    What caused the death of:

    LAC (Pilot u/t) William R. DRISCOLL - 912728 - killed on active service (Flight Global), buried Hove Old Cem., Sussex (UK4453), and

    AC1 James E. HAIGH - 862743 - 931 (Balloon) Sqn - name not in Flight Global archives, buried Southampton (Holybrook) Cem., Hampshire (UK4917), and

    Sgt John J. HAWKEN - 351522 - 608 Sqn (Botha/Anson, Thornaby, Yorkshire) - killed on active service (Flight Global), buried Thornaby-on-Tees Cem., Yorkshire (UK1548), and

    Sgt (Pilot) Jack P. SMITH - 742763 - killed on active service (Flight Global), buried Mangotsfield (Downend) Cem., Gloucestershire (UK7129).

    Proposed aircraft losses for this day:

    Hurricane I - N2593 - 245 Sqn - crashed on approach Aldergrove.
    Tiger Moth II - N9450 - 13 EFTS - dived into ground Shiplake, Oxfordshire.

    Regards and thanks for your help.
    Henk.

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    Hi Henk
    There are deaths of a William R Driscoll age26 and a Jack P Smith age 20, registered at Henley ,which is quite close to Shiplake. From Flying Training and Support Units since 1912- Ray Sturtivant and John Hamlin, 931 Balloon Sqn was based in Southampton and that is where a death of a James E Haigh , age 48 is registered. The registration list doesn't give any indication of cause of death. A John J Hawken has a death registered in Durham S E
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    As ever, thanks Dick for your help.
    Good weekend,
    Henk.

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    Hello

    Sgt John J. HAWKEN - 351522 - the Middlesbrough Daily Gazette of July 31st 1940 reported the following:

    One of four brothers erving in the Forces, Sergeant John James Hawken, R.A.F., late of Milbank Lane, Thornaby, has died in hospital. Sergeant Hawken had served 22 years with the R.A.F., and was aged 40.
    He joined the services during the last war, and is the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. John Hawken, 1, Doughty's Buildings, Wilson Street, Middlesbrough. He leaves a widow and two sons.

    Regards

    Simon

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