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Henk Welting
7th March 2010, 15:28
What were the places of death registration for:

A - Not found in Flight archives:
LAC James H. BALL - 854513 - 920 (Balloon) Sqn (Fazakerley, Merseyside).

B - Killed on active service:
Sgt (Pilot) Kenneth R. BLASKEY - 612308;
Sgt (Pilot) James R. CRAVEN - 844256;
F/Sgt (Pilot) Edward A. MERRY - 933067, and
Sgt (WOp/Ag) Albert C. POULTON - 1264788.

C - Proposed aircraft losses:
Anson I - L7964 - CNS - crashed in forced landing Longdown Farm, Great Kimble, Buckinghamshire.
Oxford II - X7261 - 3 FIS - crashed on take-off ¼ mile SW of Babdown Farm.
Horsa I Glider - HG985 - Horsa Flight - crashed in forced landing Somerford, near Christchurch, Hampshire.
Horsa I Glider - DP798 - HGCU - crashed on landing at night Brize Norton.
Master II - AZ319 - 2 FIS - flew into high ground at night Canterland Farm, Hillside, near Montrose.

Regards and thanks for your help.

7th March 2010, 15:51
Hi Henk

LAC James H. BALL - 854513 - 920 (Balloon) Sqn (Fazakerley, Merseyside). - not Eng/Wales

The following are all registerd in Wycombe, Buckinghamshire

Sgt (Pilot) Kenneth R. BLASKEY - 612308;
Sgt (Pilot) James R. CRAVEN - 844256; -
F/Sgt (Pilot) Edward A. MERRY - 933067, and
Sgt (WOp/Ag) Albert C. POULTON - 1264788.

probably L7964?


Henk Welting
8th March 2010, 11:16
As ever, thanks Malcolm for your valuable info.

8th March 2010, 15:00
AZ319 was in the 2 FIS ORB, with J/9336 P/O A.E. David and 1314261 Sgt Young C.R. as the crew. Both survived the crash and died of injuries, Young in the ambulance en-route to Stracathro hospital and David at just after midnight on the 30th / 31st.

And, the following came from the Central Navgiation School ORB,

January 30th 1943, “Anson L7964 crashed at Longdown Farm, Gt. Kimble, Bucks. Crew Killed, Pilot 933067 Sgt Merry, E.A., W/Op 1264788, Sgt Poulton C.A., Pupil Navs 612308 Sgt Blaskey, K.R., 844256 Sgt Craven, J.R.”

Henk Welting
8th March 2010, 17:17
Thanks Al; AZ319 was in my files, however without info on death.

BLASKEY and CRAVEN (on the Anson) are both listed by CWGC as 'Pilot' (will amend my files in: Pilot/Nav u/t).


7th February 2018, 17:17

LAC James H. BALL - 854513 - the Liverpool Echo of February 2nd 1943 carried the following announcement:

BALL - Jan. 30 suddenly, in Ireland, JAMES HENRY HALL (L.A.C., R.A.F.), beloved husband of May and loving daddy of Billy.



18th October 2020, 17:20
Not listed above but in the database as 'unaccounted'


Robert Strachan
'Aircraft Mechanic, Private 992496, 209 Squadron, Royal Air Force'
Died 30 January 1943 at Addington Hospital, Durban, aged 22, of 'dislocation of cervical vertebrae; myetitis; hypostatic pneumonia. The injuries were received whilst bathing at the South Beach, Durban, probably through deceased diving and striking the sand - accidental'

From the Form of Information of a Death on FamilySearch

4th January 2022, 20:41
James Henry Ball 854513 , attached to 920 Squadron , died at Fountains Hill, Londonderry of a coronary thrombosis