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    Default 430625 - Unaccounted airmen - 25-6-1943

    What were the places of death registration for:

    A - Not found in Flight Global:
    Sgt (Pilot) NORRIS, Ronald S. - 1247258.

    B - Killed on active service:
    F/Lt (Flying Instr.) Terence F. PROCTER - 84661.

    C - Died on active service:
    LAC Eric W. TOMLINS - 1411631.

    D - Proposed aircraft losses:
    Lysander II - 4 Del Flt - T1527 - crashed on approach Fairwood Common.
    Master I - T8766 - 53 OTU - crashed in forced landing near Market Drayton, Shropshire.
    Master I - T8767 - 5 (P)AFU - crashed in forced landing Church Farm, Adderley, near Market Drayton, Shropshire.
    Spitfire IIA - P8233 - 52 OTU - flew into ground near Keevil.
    Master II - DL847 - 7 (P)AFU - crashed on landing Peterborough.
    Oxford I - HN173 - 289 Sqn - flew into ground Garrowchorran Hill, Innellan, near Dunoon, Argyllshire (already as a casualty on this a/c: F/Sgt [Pilot] F. HUTCHINSON - 1058969).
    Tiger Moth II - DE660 - 130 Sqn - crashed on take-off Ballyhalbert.

    E - Also looking for cause of death of following airmen of 23 Sqn (Luqa, Malta); can't find a matching aircraft type/serial:
    F/O Peter J. GLADMAN - 131761 - buried Catania War Cem., Sicily, and
    F/Lt Gerald C.R. MOODY - 78846 - commemorated Panel 1 Column 6 of the Malta Air Forces Memorial.

    Regards and thanks for your help.
    Henk.

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    Henk,
    According to 23sqdn ORB, Moody and Gladman took off 02.25am, 25/06/43 in Mosquito HJ766, and failed to return from ops to Mazara, West Sicilly. Oddly enough, one site (ASN) claims this aircraft lost Sept 9th 43 in totally different circumstances.
    Norris....Warminster, Dorset.
    Tomlins....Lambeth.
    Cannot find registration area for Procter, but he was with 32 EFTS at time of death.
    Alan.
    Last edited by AlanW; 27th September 2010 at 04:42.

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    Hi AlanW,

    If I may ask. What does the 23 Sqn ORB have to say about the loss of the following 23 Sqn personnel on 10-9-1943? Is there a serial quoted?

    132589 F/O Clive Jarvis BARBER RAFVR + Malta Memorial.
    135276 F/O Philip Arthur STEVENS RAFVR + Malta Memorial.

    Col.

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    Hi Col,
    Failed to return from ops to Viterbo, Grossetto. Took off 00.15hrs, 10/09/43, Mosquito HX802.
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    Last edited by AlanW; 27th September 2010 at 07:27. Reason: correction of serial

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    Hi Alan,

    Thanks for that.

    I presume the serial should read HX802. Could you confirm?

    Col.

    PS. Apologies, Henk.

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    Hi Col,
    Looks like you're right, typist a bit heavy on the key or too much ink on ribbon.

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    Alan, Col,
    What's the difference between HX802 in messages 4 and 5 ?
    Final conclusion: Barber/Stevens on HX802 - Gladman/Moody on HJ766 ?
    Regards,
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    Hi Henk,
    Sorry for the confusion, i had originally put "NX802 for Barber/Stevens, but after a query from Col, looking at it more closely, it turned out as HX802.
    And definatley HJ766 for Moody, (pilot) and Gladman, (Nav)

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    Thanks Alan for confirmation.
    Henk.

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    Norris is KOAS list, Sept 9th magazine, the initial S. is damaged or obliterated from the page.

    Where was 32 EFTS at this time? In relation to Procter. Could not find him in Scotland
    Dennis Burke
    - Dublin

    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
    www.ww2irishaviation.com

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