View Full Version : 410117 - Unaccounted airmen - 17-1-1941

Henk Welting
26th July 2008, 14:24
What caused the death of and/or what were the places of death registration for:

LAC (Pilot u/t) David F. FARDON - 1175880 - killed on active service;
F/O (Pilot/Instr.) James R. LAW - 44223 - died of wounds or injuries received on active service;
AC2 Richard L. LAWRENCE - 1291948 - killed on active service;
Sgt (Pilot) John LIDDELL - 968174 - killed on active service, probably flying a Spitfire);
P/O (Pilot) Robert W. SLOAN - 89812 - not found Flight archives, probably posted at the CFS).

Proposed aircraft losses for this day:

Anson I - N9553 - 2 SAC - crashed on take-off Whiteways, White Lane, Guildford, Surrey.
Audax I - K5203 - 9 FTS - crashed; no further details.
Master I - N7430 - CFS - flew into ground near Netheravon (probably P/O Sloan ?).
Spitfire IIA - P7552 - 603 Sqn - flew into ground Nigg Bay, Aberdeen (probably Sgt Liddell ?).
Taylorcraft D - X7533 - D Flt - crashed in forced landing Alford, Lincolnshire.
Tiger Moth II - T7047 - 10EFTS - flew into ground Bleadon Wharf, near Lympsham, Somerset (probably two injured).

Regards and thanks for your help.

26th July 2008, 16:02
Hi Henk
Fardon,18, is registered at Chippenham,Wiltshire, Sloan,26, registered at Devizes, also Wiltshire and probably the right place to register a death near Netheravon. The others didn't come up so could be Scotland. There is a James R Law ,37, registered at Birmingham but nothing on CWGC to connect him to that city

26th July 2008, 18:45

Liddell: Spitfire P7552 at Red Moss farm(?) Nigg, Aberdeen



Andy Ingham
26th July 2008, 22:27
The death of Richard Charles Lawrence aged 31 was registered at Bristol.

27th July 2008, 08:49
Law died in Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham. He was seriously injured when he struck a tree taking off in Oxford R6296 of 11 FTS, Shawbury on the 9th January 1941. The aircraft had been force landed in a field at Bredenbury, Leominster by a pupil a few days previously and Law (an instructor pilot at the unit) was called to fly the aircraft back to the unit.


Henk Welting
27th July 2008, 11:11
Thanks friends for all this excellent info; much appreciated.

19th May 2014, 10:18
Tiger Moth II - T7047 - 10EFTS - flew into ground Bleadon Wharf, near Lympsham, Somerset (probably two injured).

Crew were from 10 EFTS ORB: Sgt WA Pearce with LAC Trayler. Aircraft crashed at Bleadon owing to difficulty experienced in recovering from a spin. Both instructor and pupil admitted to RAF Station hospital, Locking. Machine written off.

29th September 2017, 18:23

LAC (Pilot u/t) David F. FARDON - 1175880 - the Graves Registration Report Form lists his unit as 9 F.T.S.



9th July 2021, 21:36
Daniel Regis Gordon 519673 , died in Mersa Matruh, of injuries sustained in an MT accident

30th December 2021, 19:10
Thomas McFaul 1059208 , attached to RAF Derby , died in SSQ of cerebro spinal meningococcal meningitis.

He is the penultimate Airman to be accounted in the whole of the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

The ONLY outstanding Airman and Airwoman is 547179 William Robert Bailey 1942-07-18. I can find nothing on him anywhere . Not even a place of death. Can one of you take a stab at finding even his death location ?