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Henk Welting
15th April 2010, 16:53
What were the places of death registration for:

A - Killed on active service:
Cpl (Pilot u/t) Stephen M. COWARD - 552998.

B - Not found in Flight Global:
AC2 Jack HOLDHAM - 1461656, and
Cpl William H. JONES - 611888 - age 26.

C - Died on active service:
AC1 Arthur JOYCE - 1301119, and
LAC John J.W. STEELE - 1157888 - age 27.

D - Looking for the GRO-listing of:
LAC Alexander C. CUTHBERTSON - 1025728 - age 35 - buried Beja War Cem., Tunisia (not found in Flight Global).

E - Proposed aircraft losses:
Beaufighter II - V5158 - 54 OTU - crashed on take-off Charterhall.
Beaufighter IIF - T3049 - 51 MU - crashed on approach Yoxall, Staffordshire.
Oxford I - X6796 - 17 SFTS - flew into ground Cranwell village, Lincolnshire.
Tiger Moth II - T7088 - 29 EFTS - dived into ground Clyffe Pypard.
Martinet I - HP381 - 1 AGS - crashed in forced landing Pembrey Beach, Carmarthen.
Master III - DL645 - 52 OTU - crashed in forced landing 5 miles NW of Middle Wallop.

Regards and thanks for your help.

15th April 2010, 17:27
Cuthbertson......310 MSU

15th April 2010, 17:50
Hi Henk
Coward,22,registered at Sleaford and E Kesteven, Lincolnshire.(? X6796)
Holdham,21, registered at Fylde,Lancashire
Steele,27,registered at Bridgend, Glamorgan
Jones,26, registered at Ruthin, Denbighshire but I did find another William H Jones,22, registered at Carmarthen and you do have HP381 crashing in that area
Joyce didn't come up

15th April 2010, 18:54

AC1 Arthur JOYCE - 1301119 aged 33 : East Kilbride, County of Lanark, Scotland.

To keep you updated about the Robert R. McSwan query where the CWGC has his death in 1943 whereas the statutory records indicate 1942, I have sent some documentation to the CWGC. They have replied to say there is a 6-8 week delay at the moment due to a backlog. I will let you know when I hear from them.


Henk Welting
16th April 2010, 16:28
Thanks all for your support.


9th May 2010, 18:21
There is an AC2 J Holdam listed DOAS in June 17th 1943 magazine. No simiarl name in the CWGC database.

I'd no luck finding Jones in flilght magazine

4th June 2012, 14:10
Hi Henk,

F1180 confirms Coward as sole fatality on Oxford I - X6796 - 17 SFTS


phill jones
4th June 2012, 18:15
Henk, Master DL645 , 52 otu Pilot Unhurt ,P/O CF Bush 132175 , Lost on X Country Flt F/L in Field with U/C RETRACTED ,

Phill Jones

phill jones
4th June 2012, 18:21
Henk, MARTINET HP 381, Pilot Injured , Sgt R Dickinson 548363 , E/F In flt ON Target Towing sortie , F/l with U/C Retracted from Low Altitude .

Phill Jones

Henk Welting
5th June 2012, 16:42
Thanks Phill & Ross for additional info on HP381, DL645 and X6796.

2nd March 2018, 15:26

Cpl William Hughes JONES - 611888 - the National Probate Calendar records that he died at the North Wales Sanatorium, Llandyrnog, Denbighshire.

AC1 Arthur JOYCE - 1301119 - the Statutory Deaths Register on the Scotland's People website records that he died at 4.40 a.m. at Hairmyres Hospital, due to broncho-penumonia and cardiac failure.



17th November 2021, 21:57
William Joseph Dudley Fleming 100686 , was killed in a vehicle accident on the Bilda road as he returned from Souk El Abas. He was NOT killed in an air attack as per this database

1st April 2022, 18:40
Leonard Colledge 1425963 and

John Joseph Wightman Steele 115788 and

1221820 LAC Gilbert , all attached to Number 4 Wing of Number 4 SOTT at RAF St. Athan , were walking on the foreshore at Gileston when Colledge stepped on a mine. He was killed instantly and the other airmen suffered multiple penetrating shrapnel wounds. The two survivors were admitted to RAF hospital St. Athan were Steele died the following day

3rd December 2022, 10:59
William Hughes Jones 611888 , a medically discharged Airmen at the time of his death, died in the North Wales sanatorium, Denbigh, of pulmonary tuberculosis

2nd July 2023, 00:45
Jack Holdham 1461656 | Was admitted to RAF hospital Kirkham on 21 January. He became seriously ill on 6 February, and dangerously ill on 15 February. He was discharged from the RAF on 24 March and died of Pleural Effusion