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Henk Welting
21st May 2008, 14:45
What caused the death of and/or what was the place of death registration for:

AC2 William F. BOSELEY - 1182046 - killed on active service.

Proposed aircraft losses for this day:

Oxford I - N1193 - 14 FTS - crashed on approach Cranfield (Sgt [Pilot] L.G. CAEN - 158168, survived the accident).
Oxford I - N6236 - 14 FTS - collided with Oxford L4642; crashed Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire; F/O A.B. CHALKELEY in L4642 could land safely.
(Already as a casualty on N6236: LAC [Pilot u/t] Henry K. MATSON - 971238).

Regards and thanks for your help.

21st May 2008, 15:42
Hi Henk
Boseley ,20, is registered at Paddington, W Central London, Possibly an accident or Air Raid victim

Henk Welting
21st May 2008, 16:22
Thanks Dick. (26th May and 2nd June are hospital dates !).

Rich Allenby
23rd September 2010, 22:44
During the afternoon of 2nd December 1940 Whitley P4958 crashed near Linton on Ouse and in the hours that followed the bomb load exploded. I have a note that there were possibly five ground crew killed while fighting the fire, Henk, I notice you dont have any of the names below listed so do you know how they met their end please ? If any were as a result of this incident near Linton on Ouse I would be very interested to learn it.

Any idea of their identities please....

One possible is AC2 Frederick P Griffiths RAF (1250935), aged 24. Buried Newton on Ouse Churchyard, Yorkshire. The local churchyard for Linton's casualties.

The others, if indeed they were killed, must have been buried in their home towns.

Using Geoff's Search Engine can anyone say where the following died please..

Walter Douglas Victor ALDRIDGE 914347
Alfred George HASLETT 913403 (MiD on 1st Jan 1941)
Alfred John PATTERSON 292439
Robert SMITH 625232
Basil Harvey Simmonds WORTH 1150072

or perhaps if the explosion took place before midnight, perhaps...

Arthur William GIBBONS 1258420

regards Rich Allenby

24th September 2010, 08:09
The following of those names are registered in Bulmer district:
includes Linton-on-Ouse


All are Vol 9d, pg 772 Q3 of 1940

Worth is registered in Windsor, Berks.
Arthur W Gibbons age 40 in Maidstone district, Kent

24th September 2010, 09:43
Dennis and Frederick P Griffiths registration district is I assume the same.. Which makes 5!

Rich Allenby
24th September 2010, 10:19
Hi folks, Bulmer district is spot on for the area a mile north of Linton airfield where this Whitley came down so its looking like we have our five.

It also gives slightly extra information in that as the aircraft crashed at 16.14hrs on 2nd December it was some hours until the bomb/s went up after midnight on the 3rd.

Superb result, many thanks. regards Rich.

Henk Welting
26th September 2010, 10:36
Excellent info friends; mentioned names of the groundcrew to my P4958 file.

19th April 2022, 20:37
William Frederick Boseley 1182046 , attached to Number 2 SOTT , was killed in an air raid on Kilburn Road NW6 near the Junction with Ashmore Road, Paddington.

Alex Smart
2nd September 2022, 23:58

401203 - Unaccounted Airmen - 03-12-1940

From Henk's List -

BOSELEY, William Frederick - AC2c - 1182046 - RAFVR - 2 SoTT.
Alperton Cemetery, Middlesex.
Killed in an Air Raid on the Paddington Area.

SMYTH, Peter - AC1c - 647592 - RAF - 83 Sqdn.
New Stevenston (St.Patrick's) Roman Catholic Cemetery, Lanarkshire.
Died by drowning.

WORTH, Basil Harvey Simmonds - AC1c - 1150072 - RAFVR.
Englefield Green Cemetery, Surrey.
Died at Windsor Hospital following injured sustained in a motorcycle collision with another vehicle while on leave.

From CWGC -

HUBBARD, Guy - F/O - 432 - RAAF - 5 EFTS.
Narromine General Cemetery, New South Wales, Australia.
Tiger Moth - A17-32 - 5 EFTS.


ALDRIDGE, Walter Douglas Victor - AC1c - 914347 - RAFVR.
Tottenham Cemetery, Middlesex.
GRIFFITHS, Frederick Percy - AC2c - 1250935 - RAF.
Newton-on-Ouse (All Saints) Churchyard, Yorkshire.
HASETT, Alfred George - AC1c - 913403 - RAF.
Heston (St.Leonard) Churchyard, Middlesex.
PATTERSON, Alfred John - Lac - 292439 - RAF.
Tynemouth (Preston) Cemetery, Northumberland.
SMITH, Robert - Lac - 625232 - RAF.
Bedlington (Netherton Lane) Cemetery, Northumberland.
These five airmen were killed when Whitley V - P4958 - 78 Sqdn crashed and in the hours that followed the bomb load exploded.

MATSON, Henry Havelock - Lac - 971238 - RAFVR.
Gateshead Fell ( St.John) Churchyard, Durham.
Oxford - L4642 - 14 SFTS.

HARRIS, Thomas Ian Reid - Haven - Lac - 912223 - RAFVR.
Crossgar (Lissara ) Presbyterian Cemetery, County Down, UK.
WHITTAKER, Frank Edward - Lac - 915322 - RAFVR.
Stanton St. Quintin ( St.Giles) Churchyard Extension, Wiltshire.
These two airmen were crew of Hart - K5802 - 9 SFTS.

Cannock Chase German Military Cemetery, Staffordshire.
Cause of death ?


3rd September 2022, 08:07
Hi Alex,





Alex Smart
3rd September 2022, 16:44
Hello Mojmir,
Many thanks for the link.
Also for the name spelling, will correct it.