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Alex Smart
18th February 2017, 00:40

460126 - Unaccounted Airmen - 26-01-1946

From Henk's List -

CARPENTER, William Thomas - LAC - R/86938 - RCAF - Edmonton Cemetery, Alberta, Canada.
GITTINS, Edward Ross - LAC - R/196426 - RCAF - Winnipeg ( Brookside ) Cemetery, Manitoba, Canada.
MARTINEAU, Josaphat Aime Maurice - LAC - R/135415 - RCAF - Family Plot, Montreal (St. Leonard De Port Maurice ) Cemetery, Quebec, Canada.

GOSLIN, Reginald Arthur John - Sgt - 1648600 - RAFVR - Jonkerbos War Cemetery, Gelderland, Netherlands.

HOLMES, Clive Douglas - F/Lt - 140688 - 700 FC/ACSEA - RAFVR - Colombo ( Liveramentu ) Cemetery, Sri Lanka.

CONSTABLE, Arthur - Cpl - 1048982 - RAFVR - Sutton-On-Hull (St. James) Churchyard, Yorkshire.
MILLET, William Phillip Ivor - Air Apprentice - L/FX78600 - RN - Phillack ( St.Felicitas) Churchyard, Cornwall.

From CWGC, Krzystka & Geoff's sites -

NOREN, Carl Julius - Sgt - R/76671 - RCAF - Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery, Netherlands.

TOPA, Gerardo - Aviere - Italian Air Force - Warwick Cemetery, Warwickshire.

BARANOWSKI, Jerzy William Wladyslaw ( American ) - Sierzant(F/Sgt/Pilot) - 709501 - PAF - Michigan, USA.


18th February 2017, 00:49
CARPENTER, William Thomas - bronchogenic carcinoma
GITTINS, Edward Ross - generalized tuberculosis
MARTINEAU, Josaphat Aime Maurice - acute alcohol poisoning caused by mixing DX duplicating fluid with alcohol.


18th February 2017, 07:47
HOLMES, Clive Douglas - F/Lt - 140688 - 700 FC/ACSEA - RAFVR - Colombo ( Liveramentu ) Cemetery, Sri Lanka.

700 Forecast Centre was at Mauripur (229 Grp, TC). Holmes (b. 12 Jun 1920) was probably on Leave at Colombo, staying at the Galle Face hotel. He, and a colleague, went swimming in the afternoon but both got into difficulties. Holmes was eventually rescued, but died later. Sources: Ceylon Daily News 28 Jan 1946, and conversation with a forecaster who was at Colombo at the time.
Peter Davies

18th February 2017, 12:29

GOSLIN, Reginald Arthur John - Sgt - 1648600 - the National Probate Calendar states that he died at Ravenstein, near Mzneegen, Holland.

The Essex Newsman of February 22nd 1946 has the following:

KILLED ON WAY HOME - news of the railway accident which resulted in the death of Sgt. Reginald Goslin, R.A.F., formerly of Chelmsford, has been received by his wife, Mrs. Goslin, of "Half Acre," Danbury. Sgt. Goslin left Osnabruck station on Jan. 25 for leave in England. At the Holland border fog was very dense, and the train collided with a caol train. Seven of the British troops in the first coach, including Sgt. Goslin, were killed. He was buried in the British Cemetery at Nijmegen, Holland (where so many of the Arnhem heroes lie), with full military honours. representative of his unit were present. A memorial service will be held at Danbury Church on Feb. 28 at 4 p.m.

NOREN, Carl Julious (note spelling) - Sgt - R/76671 - RCAF - his WWII Service War File states that he died in a railway accident, presumably as above.

See also MILLER:


CONSTABLE, Arthur - Cpl - 1048982 - registered Hull

MILLETT, William Phillip Ivor - Air Apprentice - L/FX78600 - registered Penzance

TOPA, Gerardo - Aviere - Italian Air Force - registered Warwick



24th June 2017, 22:12
A slight correction to Peter's #3 which was based on advice from the AHB. Although Holmes had served at Mauripur (now Karachi) from 18.3.45 until Jan 1946, his service record shows he was with 739 Forecast Centre (Addu Atoll - later Gan) wef 12 Jan 1946. Why he should have been in Colombo two weeks later will remain a mystery.

1. In respect of his death his record is annotated cchist 1964. Died on Active Service; drowned as result of an accident (off duty) on 26.1.46. I'd be grateful for any advice as to the meaning of cchist 1964. I'm sure the abbreviation is not cclist.

2. As an aside the service record has him at 5 PDC (Blackpool) on 21 Sept 1944, and at HQ ACSEA (Kandy) six days later. Could anyone advise as to the UK-Ceylon route and the normal time taken to complete the journey, please?


18th March 2018, 03:07
Bill Burnett March 15, 2018 at 10:26 am
In the thread ‘Unaccounted Airmen – 26-01-1946’ you list: MILLET, William Phillip Ivor – Air Apprentice – L/FX78600 – RN – Phillack ( St.Felicitas) Churchyard, Cornwall. Ivor was posted to RNAS Lee-on-Solent as an apprentice artificer but was diagnosed with a heart condition and was invalided out of the service. He ded in St Michael’s Hospital, Hayle on 26th January 1946, age 21, and was buried in the churchyard of Phillack Parish Church.

8th July 2023, 16:20
Carl Julious Noren R 76671 | Attached to Number 8402 Air Disarmament Wing | was travelling to the UK to RAF Topcliffe on the first leg of his return to Canada from Osnabruck to Ostend, when at 01:12 Hours, the military special duty repatriation train he was travelling on collided head on with a goods train at Ravenstein, Netherlands. Several other Airmen where seriously injured. He was asleep at the time of the collision. In all 6 servicemen were killed in the accident ::

Alan Miller 537481 | Attached to Number 409 RSU RAF |

7878691 E.F Merchant, Fife & Forfar Regiment

Reginald Arthur John Goslin 1648600 | Attached to Number 408 ASP RAF |

An unnamed Belgian Officer

291731 J.H.J, Elston RASC