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    Default Unaccounted airmen - 8-8-1940

    What caused the death of following airmen whose name I can't find in the Flight Global archives:

    Sgt John P.D.'A. MITCHELL - 550746 - buried Thorpe Bassett (All Saints) Churchyard, Yorkshire (UK1555), and

    AC1 Raymond C. WHEELER - 553650 - buried Fawley (All Saints) Churchyard, Hampshire (UK4819).

    Proposed aircraft serials (in case killed on active service):

    Leopard Moth - X9384 - 6 AACU - crashed on take-off Conisborough, Yorkshire
    Oxford I - R6245 - 3 FTS - crashed on take-off at night, Bibury.

    Regards and thanks for your help.
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    I dont' have anything on either accident, my records for 6 AACU start in November 1940 and I only have a couple of very early accidents for 3 FTS.
    Alan Clark

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    Henk

    Mitchell's death (aged 20, is that the right one?) registered at Warfedale, Yorks, which is in the wrong admininstration for Conisborough, so I would provisionally rule out the Moth.

    Wheeler's death registered at Gosport, Hants. No suggestion.

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    Last edited by davew; 22nd February 2008 at 20:31. Reason: amendment

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    Dave,
    Thanks for info.
    Dont know Mitchell's age; his first names were John Patrick D'Arley.

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    Henk, Just checked J P D Mitchell's gravestone this afternoon, unfortunately no extra information is on it, he's got the standard CWGC stone. I will check the local paper archives in Malton next time I'm in.

    regards Rich

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    Impressements Log has for the Leopard Moth

    C/n 7067 G-ACSH X9384 27.3.40. Birkett Air Services Ltd. Delivered to No.6 A.A.C.U. on the 27th and later became X9384. While on a ferry flight from Ringway to No. 264 Sqn. at Kirton-in-Lindsey on 8.8.40. X9384 F/L at Conisborough, near Doncaster. While taking off again, it struck a hedge and caught fire on impact with the Ground Cat.W

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    Wheeler is listed as KOAS in Flight magazine.
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    John Mitchell's death is listed in the Malton Gazette newspaper as "the young airman who died on Thursday at Ilkley of illness contracted on active service." So not anything to do with a flying accident.
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    AIR 81/1293 1940 Jan 01 1940 Dec 31
    Aircraftman R C Wheeler:
    report of death. Sergeant W G Vosper: injured in an enemy air attack, 8 August 1940

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    Hello

    FreeBMD has a possible match: "Wheeler, R. C. (male)", aged 18, registered Gosport, September 1940.

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    Simon

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