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Henk Welting
15th November 2008, 14:42
What were the places of death registration for:

Sgt (Pilot/Observer) Arthur BELL - 1078557;
Sgt (Ag) Andrew S. CASSELS - 642096 - 57 Sqn (Feltwell, Norfolk). Believed killed on board of an aircraft that safely returned to base.
Sgt (Pilot) Francis N. CAVE - 1067025;
Sgt (Pilot) George E. CHUGG - 1291021;
AC2 Albert E. HUTCHINSON - 1378712, and
AC2 Philip H. SHEPPARD - 1070604.

Any connection to the following aircraft losses this day:

Hurricane I - V7126 - 56 OTU - crashed in forced landing 2 miles W of Whittlesey, Lincolnshire.
MagisterI - L8346 - 24 EFTS - flew into ground mile NE of Higham Gobion, Bedfordshire.
Oxford I - V3986 - 54 OTU - crashed in forced landing 1 mile SE of Church Fenton.

Regards and thanks for your help.

15th November 2008, 15:23
Hi Henk
Bell,30 and Chugg,30, are registered ar Ampthill, Bedfordshire, the right area for Higham Gobion, L8346
Cassells,23, is registered at Downham, Norfolk, the right area for Feltwell. He is in Vol 9 of Chorley BCL so your guess could be a good one
Cave,19, registered at Tadcaster Yorks
Hutchinson,34, registered at Bingham, Nottinghamshire
Sheppard,31, registered at Cardiff

Ken MacLean
15th November 2008, 15:38

From Times lists:

Sgt. A.S. Cassels KIA
Sgts. F.N. Cave and G.E. Chugg KOAS
AC2 A.E. Hutchinson and P.H. Sheppard DOAS

Found one A. BELL KOAS IN 16 Sept list, however rank is shown as LAC. Cave and Chugg also in this list.


15th November 2008, 16:10

what about Oxford V3986 at Church Fenton for Cave?



15th November 2008, 17:22
54OTU ORB records Sgt F.N. Cave killed in a flying accident whilst flying an Oxford - although no aircraft serial number is given. The aircraft collided with a tree while Sgt Cave was approaching for a single engine landing, and was burnt out.



Henk Welting
15th November 2008, 17:31
Thanks friends, good news for the weekend.
Best regards,

26th July 2012, 11:42
I was concerned that posting this next batch of answers from the F1180s would have put Henk under too much pressure to update after his request to remove his user name.

I now post them to contine his legacy on RAF Commands.

F1180 confirms Cave as sole fatality on Oxford V3986


phill jones
26th July 2012, 22:23
Hurricane V7126 56 OTU ,12.30 Practise Beam Attacks , After emerging from Low Cloud Cont to Fly at Low Level and struck HT CABLE and crashed Landed wheels up 2MLS North OF Whittlesey .

Pilot P/O MC Blanchard US Serving RCAF J5537 it seems he survived this incident

Phill jones

28th September 2017, 19:01

Sgt (Pilot/Observer) Arthur BELL - 1078557 and
Sgt (Pilot) George E. CHUGG - 1291021 - their respective Graves Registration Report Forms confirm their unit as 24 E.F.T.S.



6th June 2021, 10:18
Albert Kemsley D.S.M. 35127 , a signals officer attached to 256 Wing, died at 02:00 hours in Number 8 general hospital of coronorary occlusion and atheroma

22nd June 2021, 16:05
Philip Halery Sheppard 1070604, attached to 32 MU, died of a cereberal thrombosis

5th August 2021, 20:21
Ernest Court 1289087 , died of acute heart faliure and was buried at sea in South African waters