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Henk Welting
24th March 2010, 12:22
What were the places of death registration for:

A - Not found in Flight Global:
AC1 Reginald E. ALMOND - 1246844 - age 29;
AC1 Ferdinand E. BROWN - 1128085;
F/Sgt (WOp/Ag) Arthur H. EVANS - DFM - 643334, and
LAC Aneurin JONES - 1124465.

B - Died on active service:
F/Lt Horace A. MATTHEWS - 73982 - age 43.

C - Killed on active service:
LAC (Obs u/t) Noel W. MITCHELL - 1337173;
LAC (Nav [u/t ?]) James B. MOLE - 1322157, and
Sgt (WOp/Ag) Roy D. SAYWELL - 906316.

D - Looking for GRO-listing of:
LAC Douglas H. BLACKMORE - 1651185 - age 20 - not found Flight Global;
LAC Alfred E.G. DABORN - 1171158 - age 29 - DOAS, and
AC1 Timothy A.V.H. SUTHERLAND-CLIFT - 550857 - DOAS,
all three buried El Alia Cem., Algeria.

E - Proposed aircraft losses:
Blenheim I - L1328 - 54 OTU - crashed on approach Charterhall.
Master III - W8519 - 5 (P)AFU - flew into ground at night Hollywell House, 1 mile W of Faddiley, Cheshire.
Oxford I - V3335 - 15 (P)AFU - crashed on approach at night Wilson Park Farm, Ramsbury (already as a casualty on this a/c: Sgt R.C.M. WEBSTER - RAAF 414282; probably may have been sole occupant).
Tiger Moth I - L6949 - 15 EFTS - dived into ground Solway Sands, Cumberland.
Anson I - EF936 - 3 (O)AFU - flew into ground Kites Wood, near Grafton Flyford, Worcestershire (already as a casualty on this a/c: Sgt [Pilot] C.W. RUSLING - 657101; FOUR airmen killed in this accident).
Spitfire IX - EN205 - 15 FP - crashed in forced landing Collingbourne Kingston, Wiltshire.

Regards and thanks for your help.

24th March 2010, 12:42
Blackmore, Daborne and Sutherland-Clift, all of 328 Wing.

24th March 2010, 13:37
L6949 was being flown by a P/O E.H. Lawrence and Sgt D.K. Measures, both recorded as uninjured.

Master W8519 would appear to be a none fatal accident, the ORB did not actually record crashes in this period but there was a statement at the end of the month saying “The final monthly figure for avoidable accident amounted to 10, with 8 unavoidable. There were no fatal accidents during March.”

24th March 2010, 16:21
Evans....Bulmer, not known if Essex or Yorkshire
Mitchell, Mole and Saywell, all Pershore.

Henk Welting
24th March 2010, 16:36
Thanks Alan and Al; the Pershore casualties may have been air raid victims.

24th March 2010, 17:34
Hi Henk
As a registration area, Bulmer is in W Yorkshire
Pershore,Worcestershire is the right area for the Anson EF936 and may put some of your names on the a/c rather than as Air Raid victims

24th March 2010, 19:42
I have Brown registered in Durhan N E which fits with him being buried in Gateshead.


Henk Welting
25th March 2010, 12:21
Thanks Dick & Malcolm.
Dick: Agree that the Pershore registrations were on Anson EF936; I had the name of one casualty (sgt [Pilot] P. RUSLING) and known that there were FOUR fatalities in this incident.

15th May 2010, 22:57
That'd be Corri William Rusling, also registered in Pershore district.

I can;t account for the missing for names in Flight magazine.

Blackmore is listed just before Daborn.

19th March 2012, 13:59
Hi Henk the GRO reference says unknown as the place of death, it was recorded wrongly too as they had his surname as just Clift!

Henk Welting
19th March 2012, 14:09
Thanks Madg1c. The info sofar rcvd to AC1 Timothy A.V.H. SUTHERLAND-CLIFT is sufficient for me. I know that he was 328 Wing and died on active service, what means not involved in aircraft accident or killed by enemy action.

19th March 2012, 14:29
Thanks Madg1c. The info sofar rcvd to AC1 Timothy A.V.H. SUTHERLAND-CLIFT is sufficient for me. I know that he was 328 Wing and died on active service, what means not involved in aircraft accident or killed by enemy action.

From what has been passed down the family, I can tell you he was killed in a motorbike accident whilst delivering messages for somebody else. Regards Madge

Henk Welting
19th March 2012, 15:55
Thanks Madge. Added you additional info to my files.

12th February 2018, 17:24

F/Sgt (WOp/Ag) Arthur H. EVANS - DFM - 643334 - Halifax DT770:


With regards to the three men registered at Pershore:
LAC (Obs u/t) Noel W. MITCHELL - 1337173
LAC (Nav [u/t ?]) James B. MOLE - 1322157 and
Sgt (WOp/Ag) Roy D. SAYWELL - 906316.

Just for confirmation about the Anson EF936 accident, the Dover Express of March 12th 1943 reported the following about Mitchell:

L.A.C. N. W. Mitchell, R.A.F.
The death occurred suddenly, as the result of an accident on Tuesday, 2nd March, of L.A.C. Noel W. Mitchell, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Mitchell, of 103 Broad Oak Road, Canterbury.

And Mole is commemorated in the Croydon Roll of Honour with the following:

b.Croydon, 8 Feb., '22.
Res. 24 Addiscombe Ave.
Educ. Ashburton Sch.
Insurnace clerk.
K. in air accident, Worcs, 2 Mar '43.



17th April 2021, 10:50
Aneurin Jones 1124465 , died in the Princess Royal hospital, Swansea of broncho pneumonia secondary to pulmonary tuberculosis

17th June 2021, 10:18
Douglas Henry Blackmore 1651185 and

Alfred Edward George Daborn 117158 and

Timothy Anthony Victor Hugh Sutherland Clift 550857

Died when a lorry ran out of control on a hill near Miliana

12th July 2023, 19:22
Horace Arthur Matthews 73982 | attached to HQ Flying Training Command| was admitted to RAF hospital Halton on 22 February. He became dangerously ill on 25 February. Dangerously ill the following day, he died at 02:00 Hours of cardiac faliure and cerebral arteriosclerosis