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Henk Welting
28th May 2010, 12:30
S.Lt/A Edward W. BERRY - age 23 - HMS Saker and Ldg Air Fitter/L Richard P.A. SANDFORD - age 20 - FAA/FX.75302 (HMS Saker II), were both killed in an air crash 8-5-1943 and lie buried Newport (Island) Cemetery, Rhode Island, USA.
Their names are on the Naval History Hompepage but not listed by Ray Sturtivant in his book on FAA-losses.
It is possible that they were killed on an aircraft on loan from the US Navy.
Looking for info on aircraft and cause of accident.
Regards and thanks,

Henk Welting
28th May 2010, 12:31
Forgot to mention that S.Lt BERRY was assigned to 738 Squadron.

28th May 2010, 13:12
Was a US Plane...

From Google News.. Sorry best go at decoding all text!

Two British Flyers Die In US Plane Crash
Pay-Per-View - Hartford Courant - ProQuest Archiver - May 9, 1943
Adams Mass May 8

Two British airmen were killed today when an American training from the Naval Air Station at Quonset Point Rhode Island crashed in the woods of Mt Greylock. Naval District headquarters announced today The victims were pilot and observer. Their identities were withheld of their families"


Henk Welting
28th May 2010, 15:24
Thanks Paul for reference.

Henk Welting
29th May 2010, 14:19
What were the places of death registration for:

A - Died on active service:
F/Sgt James E.A. HUSCHMANN - 1013696, and
W/O George H. TAYLOR - MBE - 207558 - age 58.

B - Not found in Flight Global:
Sgt Alfred THORN - 547079 - age 24 - buried Chatham (Palmerston) Cem., Kent.

C - Proposed aircraft losses:
Master III - W8448 - 5 (P)AFU - crashed in forced landing Wardle Hall Farm, near Calveley.
Proctor I - P6306 - 1 RS - crashed on landing Cranwell North.
Mustang I - AM213 - 309 Sqn - crashed on landing Peterhead.

Regards and thanks for your help.

29th May 2010, 15:19
Hi Henk

Huschmann - not Eng/Wales
Taylor - Southampton, Hampshire
Thorn - Chatham, Kent


29th May 2010, 17:55

Although F/Sgt James Ernest Arthur HUSCHMANN - 1013696 is buried in Cockpen Old Churchyard which is East of Edinburgh, I cannot find his death being registered in the Scottish records. I have tried various spelling and Soundex options but nothing is being shown.


Henk Welting
30th May 2010, 13:59
Thanks Douglas & Malcolm for your continuous support.

17th October 2014, 17:49
F/Sgt. Huschmann (of Signal Section) died in hospital as a result of injuries sustained in a car accident a few days previously.

8th April 2018, 14:37

F/Sgt James E.A. HUSCHMANN - 1013696 - the Dundee Evening Telegraph, as well as several other papers, reported on the inquest into his death. They reported the following on October 16th 1943:


8th April 2018, 14:50

F/Sgt James E. A. HUSCHMANN - 1013696 - the Dundee Evening Telegraph of October 16th 1943, as well as several other newspapers at the time, reported on the inquest into his death:

John Percival Mitchell (26), a civilian technical officer, of York, was, at Northumberland Assizes, found not guilty of the manslaughter of Flight-Sergeant [James] Ernest Arthur Huschmann, R.A.F., of Bonnyrigg, Midlothian, by being under the influence of drink while in charge of a car. He was sentenced to twelve months' imprisonment for dangerous driving, and his licence was suspended for three years.
Mr. C. B. Fenwick, prosecuting, said Huschmann was a passenger in the car driven by Mitchell, who, it was alleged, showed recklessness amounting to manslaughter, being so intoxicated that he was unable to have proper control of the vehicle which crashed into pillars at the entrance to Flodden wood. Huschmann was found lying under the car.
Mitchell, in witness box, denied being under the influence of drink. He had no difficulty controlling the car and was only doing about 30 miles an hour.



8th May 2020, 01:14
Leading Aircraftman
Service Number 959331

His RAF GRO listing states: RFS Air Trans. Comm.

Which I take to be Return Ferry Service Air Transport Command.

Ocean Bridge by records that

Four passengers panicked and jumped from a/c when smoke entered cabin from faulty heater; 2 rescued after 50 days in the wilderness
The aircraft was Ventura AJ164
and the two casualties were

Cpl M Maley RAF
LAC FA A Moore

Further then, https://www.ab-ix.co.uk/pdfs/Jump_A-B_Variant1.pdf

Gives the four names as:
Butt E RAF 45 Grp
Hogan J NLRngr
Moore FA RAFVR 45 Grp
Maley MM RAFVR 45 Grp

Maley being Michael MALEY (1366501) and there was an archive post but the database is not opening it.

21st October 2021, 18:47
Charles John Brimley 162013 , attached to Number 4 Wireless Observer unit, became dangerously ill with malaria on outpost duty at Lama on 8 May. Too ill to be evacuated, he was treated by a civilian doctor without success. His grave was not recovered post war

13th December 2021, 13:59
George Henry Taylor 207558 , attached to RAF Calshot , was admitted to the Royal South Hants hospital, Southampton with severe stomach
Problems, where he died the following day of a malignant cancer