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    Default Halifax W1155, 25th June 1942

    Hi, I wonder if anyone can assist on this query. Halifax W1155 crashed at Leeming Bar, Yorkshire while attempting to land at Leeming on 25th June 1942 and killed five of the six airmen in the aircraft. Sgt WJW Wiseman RAFVR, Sgt JA Carter RAF, F/O JG Mutter RAFVR, Sgt SV Duvall RAFVR & F/Sgt DR Stewart RCAF. The sixth, P/O D A Street RCAF was injured. A brief mention in the police report states that two "Army" personnel who were close by were also killed.

    Query is, who were these two "Army" casualties. There seems to be actually very few Army casualties on this date in the UK, North Africa took most of them but using Geoff's Search Engine the following are possibles..... my favourites would be the first two.

    Gunner Tom Jobson Owers, Royal Artillery 372 Bty, 43(5th Bn, Duke of Well Reg.) Searchlight Regt.

    Gunner John William Kay, Royal Artillery 372 Bty, 43(5th Bn, Duke of Well Reg.) Searchlight Regt.

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    Pte Eric Charles Carr. Durham Light Infantry.
    Lance Sgt John Porter. (Scots Guards. aged 24).
    Major J Whitehouse DCM, at 52 possibly too old for active service in WW2.


    Is anyone able to look Owers and Kay up in the deaths register and say where they were died please? It would fit if a searchlight light site was struck by the aircraft.

    As a footnote, a P/O D A Street RCAF was killed with 405 Squadron a month after this incident, possibly both are the same man?

    Any assistance greatly appreciated, regards Rich Allenby

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    Hi Rich

    Owers (29) and Kay (35) are both registered in Wensleydale, so highly likely

    Malcolm

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    TSGNO: "STREET, DOUGLAS ALFRED P/O (AG) J9585...P/O. Street had previously survived a #10 Squadron aircraft crash on June 25, 1942."

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    Hi folks, many thanks for both replies, yes, it looks like my theories were correct.

    Much appreciated, regards Rich

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