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    Default 430621 - Unaccounted airwoman and airmen - 21-6-1943

    What were the places of death registration for:

    A - Died on active service:
    LACW Kathleen M. BEARE - 450659 - buried Mudford Cem., Somerset - 13 Sqn (sqn.numbering doubtful as 13 Sqn at that time was based at Blida in Algeria);
    LAC Geoffrey H. CARTER - 1483302;
    Cpl Michael R. CASEY - 647560;
    LAC Haydn R. CHARLES - 933339;
    LAC Arthur J. HERBERT - 1441053 - age 39;
    LAC George F. HOLLMAN - 1440226 - age 34 - 2739 Sqn;
    AC2 Michael H. JUPE - 1866873 - 616 Sqn (Ibsley, Hampshire), and
    LAC Joseph M. KELLY - MM - 1543552 - age 51.

    B - Also looking for info on the death of:
    Sgt (Pilot) Harry T. MOFFETT - 1525621, and
    F/O (Pilot) David PATTEN - 119251,
    both of 3 ADU (Ras el Ma, alt. Fez/Morocco) KOAS. and buried Enfidaville War Cem., Tunisia.

    Regards and thanks for your help.
    Henk.

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    Hi Henk
    Kathleen Beare,21, registered at Bridgend, Glamorgan
    Carter,21, registered at Penzance, Cornwall
    Casey,25, registered at Ashford, Kent.Middle initial P on the register
    Charles,34, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire
    Herbert,39(on the register),registered atChichester. Hampshire
    Jupe,18, registered at Christchurch, Hampshire
    Found a Joseph Kelly(no middle initial)51, registered at Bradford,W Yorkshire
    Hollman,34, registered at Kerrier, Cornwall
    Regards
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    Thanks Dick, will amend my files.
    Regards,
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    Hello

    LACW Kathleen Mabel BEARE - 450659 - the Western Gazette of July 2nd 1943 carried the following announcement:

    BEARE - On June 20th, 1943, in Hospital at St. Athans [sic], South Wales, L.A.C.W. Kathleen M. Beare, eldest daughter of the late Mr. F. Beare and Mrs. Beare, of Mudford, Yeovil, aged 22.

    LAC Geoffrey H. CARTER - 1483302 - the Cornishman newspaper of July 1st 1943 reported the following (edited for brevity):

    CORONER'S PRAISE FOR R.A.F. CORPORAL
    INQUEST ON YOUNG AIRMAN AT PENZANCE
    The inquest, which was conducted by the County Coroner, Mr. Barrie Bennetts, was on L./A.C. Geoffrey Hardman Carter, R.A.F., whose death occurred at Sennen on Monday evening.
    Cpl. Walter Horace Bean, R.A.F., said that at 7.10 on Monday evening he was with deceased and L.A.C. Ward on Sennen beach...they were sitting on the beach when a girl came up to them said that another girl, A.C./W.1 Wigglesworth, of the W.A.A.F., was in difficulties while bathing; all three of them had immediately gone in to her assistance; she was about fifty yards out. There was a fairly heavy sea running at the time.
    He was first to reach the girl [and] managed to get A/C Wigglesworth to the shore, He did not see Carter after they had entered the water...he then heard deceased, who was about seventy yards out, shouting for help, and immediately went back to his assistance. Deceased was conscious when witness reached him, and was making feeble efforts to swim. Witness tried to pull him in, but they were taken out by the current.
    About five minutes after reaching him, Carter lost consciousness, and some ten minutes after that a boat had arrived, into which deceased was taken. Efforts at artificial respiration were begun at once by one of the boatmen, and continued after deceased was landed...after about 20 minutes deceased was removed to the R.A.F. sick station [then] to the West Cornwall Hospital, with the small hope that...iron lung treatment might help.
    [The Coroner recorded] a verdict of "Death by misadventure."


    AC2 Michael H. JUPE - 1866873 - the Western Gazette of June 25th 1943 reported the following:

    AERODROME FATALITY
    Misadventure was the verdict at an inquest at a South of England Aerodrome on Wednesay on Michael Horace Jupe, 18 years old son of a widow who lives in Bath Road, Sturminster Newton. Jupe, who joined the R.A.F. about five months ago, was burnt to death when a fire occurred in a paint store which he had been instructed to clean out, and which contained "dope," a highly inflammable paint. Witnesses were unable to account for the accident. It was stated that smoking was prohibited, and there was no evidence that deceased was carrying matches or a lighter.
    Corporal Hunton said he accompanied Jupe to the store, a small brick building with two windows and a wooden floor, and saw him start cleaning. He left him and on going back saw tins of "dope" outside. An empty tin was being burnt out so it could be used again. The wind was blowing smoke and flames away from the other tins. Suddenly there was an explosion, the door of the store slammed and the building became full of flames. He could not open the door and broke a window and called to the deceased, but all he could hear was groans. A fire brigade extinguished the flames and when the Medical Officer arrived Jupe was found to be dead.


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    Simon

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