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Henk Welting
30th May 2010, 17:34
What were the places of death registration for:

A - Not found in Flight Global (probably because Army attd RAF):
Capt (Pilot) John P.G. BENSON - 204003 - Royal Artillery attd "655" AOP Sqn (can't find a matching Auster serial; what comes close was a "656" Sqn loss of Auster III serial MZ241 on 11-5-1943 - stalled on approach and spun into ground at Denham).

B - Killed on active service:
LAC Leslie S. HALL - 1121572 - age 35 - 993 (Balloon) Sqn (The Priory, Writtle near Chelmsford), and
F/O (Pilot) Gilbert A. WARDE - 124192.

C - Died of wounds or injuries received on active service:
LAC Thomas H. HUNT - 848827 - age 42 - 993 (Balloon) Sqn (The Priory, Writtle near Chelmsford), and
LAC Arthur TELFORD - 1076795 - age 36 - same unit as LACs Hall and Hunt.

D - Died on active service:
F/Lt Anthony MELROSE - 76061 - age 53 - 924 (Balloon) Sqn (Hook), and
Cpl Herbert V. NAPIER - 633918 (From N.Ireland) - 197 Sqn (Tangmere, Sussex).

E - Proposed aircraft losses:
Botha I - L6373 - 3 AGS - swung on approach and collided with Anson LT528 on overshoot at Mona (whereever this may be !).
Hurricane I - L1732 - 286 Sqn - flew into ground Torcross, near Kingsbridge, Devonshire.
Magister I - T9824 - ATA - crashed in forced landing Sharpenhoe, near Barton-in-the-Clay, Bedfordshire.
Master I - T8287 - 5 (P)AFU - crashed on take-off Ternhill, Shropshire.
Oxford II - W6590 - 116 Sqn - crashed Turners Farm, Sketty, near Swansea (already as a casualty on this a/c: F/Sgt [Pilot] D.D. MacLEAN - RCAF R/88440).
Spitfire II.A - P8268 - 61 OTU - collided with Wellington BK186 during fighter afiliation and crashed 1 mile S of Long Stretton, Shropshire.
Spitfire V.A - W3130 - 288 Sqn - crashed in forced landing Goxhill.
Tiger Moth II - T7735 - 1 EFTS - crashed on landing Holwell Hyde LG.
Anson I - LT528 - 3 AGS - crashed on landing Mona (rfer to Botha L6373).
Havoc II - AH495 - TFU - crashed in forced landing Strensham, 2 miles S of Defford.
Hurricane II.B - HV894 - 1472 Flt - dived into ground mile E of Kirkbridge, near Leeming, Yorkshire.
Oxford I - MP353 - 20 (P)AFU - crashed on take-off Kidlington.

Regards and thanks for your help.

30th May 2010, 19:24
Hi Henk

LAC Leslie S. HALL - 1121572 - Chelmsford, Essex
F/O (Pilot) Gilbert A. WARDE - Wensleydale, West Yorkshire (HV894?)
LAC Thomas H. HUNT - Chelmsford, Essex
LAC Arthur TELFORD - Chelmsford, Essex
F/Lt Anthony MELROSE - Midhurst, Sussex
Cpl Herbert V. NAPIER - Chichester, Sussex

Mona is/was the satellite to RAF Valley on Anglesey


31st May 2010, 01:04

Re: Spitfire IIa P8268 - 61 OTU.

Spitfire IIa P8268, was piloted by AUS413297 Alfred James WEBB RAAF. P8268, collided in mid-air with No.22 OTU Wellington III BK186, and crashed near Whittingslow, 1 mile south of Little Stretton, Shropshire. Webb was killed. For the subsequent fate of BK186, see: BCL7/299.

Webb's older brother, AUS422774 P/O Joseph William WEBB RAAF, was also killed in a mid-air collision, in No.35 Lancaster III PB678, on 23-12-1944. (see: BCL5/518).

Undoubtedly, Tom Thorne would have more on the Salop incident.


31st May 2010, 01:48

Re: Oxford I MP353 - 20 (P)AFU.

AUS410354 Sgt George Martin LOUGHLAND RAAF, was injured at RAF Kidlington, Oxfordshire, on 14-5-1943. He is mentioned in Flight. July 22, 1943. p.107, Cas. Comm. No.256, as; Wounded or Injured on Active Service.

Loughland was back in Australia and discharged by 1-9-1944, thereby suggesting an early repatriation (injuries?).

Maybe others can add more?


31st May 2010, 06:54

Re: 204003 Capt (Pilot) John Patrick Gordon BENSON RA.



BENSON._ In May, 1943, on active service. CAPT. JOHN PATRICK GORDON , R.A., beloved younger son of Mrs. MARTIN BENSON, of Beech House Stud, Cheveley, Newmarket and 22A, Carlton House Terrace, S.W.1.

See: The Times. Tuesday, May 25, 1943. p.1.



DIED (As distinct from Killed, Died of Wounds etc.).

R.A._ A/Capt J.P.G.Benson.

See: The Times. Monday. June 28, 1943. p.6.


Henk Welting
31st May 2010, 13:03
Thanks Col & Malcolm for valuable and much appreciated info.

Rich Allenby
1st June 2010, 08:29
Henk, F/O Warde was the pilot of Hurricane HV894, aircraft crashed near Ings Farm.

regards Rich

Henk Welting
1st June 2010, 16:35
Thanks Rich for confirmation WARDE and Hurricane HV894.

19th August 2011, 14:41
Benson's death is registered in Epping district, Essex.

Denham or a place of that name is in Eton district

Henk Welting
19th August 2011, 16:45
Now have BENSON on Auster Mk.III serial NJ986. Hit tree low flying and crashed Chigwell Row, Essex. CWGC has his date 14-5-1943 but it seems that the British Army RoH on Ancestry.com lists him with date 18-5-1943.
Also have a note that his death was registered at Chigwell Row.
Killed in same accident was Major Ernest B. BALLARD - 72398 - Royal Artillery attd 655 (AOP) Sqn. His death registered at Epping.
Please Dennis could you double check ?
Thanks and regards,

Henk Welting
20th August 2011, 12:52
I informed CWGC on contrariety date of death Capt BENSON.

20th August 2011, 13:36
Benson and Ballard are on the same page of the register in Epping district, and Chigwell is within Epping district.

20th February 2014, 21:43
Re: Oxford MP353 (Loughland)

20 (P) AFU ORB confirms previous post that Australian pilot (410354) Sgt Loughland was seriously injured in the accident involving Oxford MP353.

The aircraft crashed into a farmhouse on the airfield boundary when taking off. No civilians injured.

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