View Full Version : 430125 - Unaccounted airwoman and airmen - 25-1-1943

Henk Welting
4th March 2010, 16:02
What were the places of death registration for:

A - Died on active service:
LACW Mabel M. FARMER - 2069470, and
LAC Joseph F. GLEESON - 653266 - 949 (Balloon) Sqn (Crewe).

B - Killed on active service:
Sgt (Pilot) Charles MUIRHEAD - 1345409.

C - Not found in Flight archives:
LAC James W. PARISH - 1292625 - age 29;
Sgt Sydney McW. WARDROPE - 538177, and
AC2 Frank WILKINSON - 1485318.

D - Proposed aircraft losses:
Master I - T8398 - 9 (P)AFU - flew into high ground Balluderon Hill, near Tealing, Angusshire.
Oxford II - W6572 - 14 (P)AFU - crashed on landing Wellingore.

Regards and thanks for your help.

4th March 2010, 18:59
Hi Henk

LACW Mabel M. FARMER - 2069470 - Whitchurch, Shropshire
LAC Joseph F. GLEESON - 653266 - 949 (Balloon) Sqn (Crewe) - Liverpool North
Sgt (Pilot) Charles MUIRHEAD - 1345409 - Not Eng/Wales.
LAC James W. PARISH - 1292625 - Bermondsey, London
Sgt Sydney McW. WARDROPE - 538177- Selby, West Yorkshire
AC2 Frank WILKINSON - 1485318 - Ploughley, Oxfordshire


Henk Welting
5th March 2010, 16:45
Thanks Malcolm; MUIRHEAD may be a 'candidate' for the Master in Angus.

5th March 2010, 19:41
Hi Henk

I agree but forgot to mention it in my last message


5th March 2010, 20:52

Can confirm Muirhead on the Master (from deaths register).

On the same page dated 1/5/43 is an entry for Jack Baker 1354329 'gunshot wound to head whilst on operational flight'.



Henk Welting
6th March 2010, 15:40
Thanks Dave & Malcolm.
Jack BAKER - 1354329 indeed is on my 'unaccounted' list for 1-5-1943, unfortunately without unit number. Annotation made on his cause of death. Will turn up in the future on the forum.

6th February 2018, 18:11

LAC Joseph F. GLEESON - 653266 - the Liverpool Echo of January 27th 1943 carried the following announcement:

GLEESON - Jan. 25, passed away peacefully in Walton Hospital, aged 21 years, Jospeh Franics Gleeson (R.A.F.), beloved and only son of Mr. and Mrs. William Gleeson.

Sgt Sydney McW. WARDROPE - 538177 - the Hull daily mail of Janaury 28th 1943 reported the following:

R.A.F. Sergeant Found Shot: Selby Inquest
A love affair which culminated in the death of a 24 year old sergeant in the Royal Air Force was mentioned at an inquest at Selby last nigh on Sidney William Wardrop [sic], whose home address was given as Hedge Lane, Droylsden, near Manchester. Wardop was found lying on his back with a gunshot wound in his head.
...recording a verdict that Wardrop died from a self-inflicted wound while the balance of his mind was disturbed through a private trouble, the coroner (Mr. W. Bentley) said; "Some troubles are even greater than those which people know about."



19th March 2021, 17:13
UPGRADE to Alan Alfred McFee R 106725, attached to RCAF Sea Island, BC., he died of meningococcal meningitis

20th April 2022, 08:51
Joseph Francis Gleeson 653266 , attached to 949 Balloon Squadron , was admitted dangerously ill to Walton Hospital Liverpool, on 12 January , where He died of primary bronchus secondary carcinoma of the brain

27th April 2023, 21:59
Frank Wilkinson 1485518 | Attached to 13 OTU | Died in SSQ at RAF Bicester of a self inflicted gun shot wound