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Henk Welting
29th June 2010, 14:43
What were the places of death registration for:
AC2 John CREANEY - 1785258;
F/O John H. HOWELL - 127614, and
Cpl Arthur L. STATHER - 1610723 - age 27,
who all died on active service.

Also looking for cause of death of following airman of 179 Sqn (can't find a Wellington serial in my files and 179 Sqn not subject for research by authors BCLME):
Sgt George A. KING - 1219009 - Runnymede Panel 155;
Sgt Eric PRESCOTT - 1086979 - Runnymede Panel 162;
F/O Frank R. SYMON - 130253 - Runnymede Panel 129, and
Sgt (WOp/Ag) Albert A. ROSS - 1331478 - buried Malaga, British Cemetery, Spain.
The aircraft involved may have crashed over sea off Oporto on transit-/ferry flight.

Regards and thanks for ypur help.

29th June 2010, 16:44
Hi Henk

AC2 John CREANEY - not Eng/Wales
F/O John H. HOWELL - Aylesbury (Halton Hospital?)
Cpl Arthur L. STATHER - Surrey Mid East


29th June 2010, 18:18
Creaney (W/Op) registered in Kirkoswald, Scotland. Death caused from shock and haemorrage, fracture of pelvis, rupture of bladder and fractured right femur.

Henk Welting
30th June 2010, 14:17
Thanks Allan & Malcolm. WOp CREANEY must have been involved in a very bad accident; perhaps Douglas has more on him.

30th June 2010, 16:05
Certificate states time of death as 01.15am, 03/06/43, in Turnberry Hospital, so you may be looking at an accident that happened on 02/06/43.
There was one fatal accident recorded in June 43 with a Beaufort of 1TTU which was based at Turnberry at the time, just down the road from Kirkoswald, but no details given, might be a contender.

30th June 2010, 17:15

The only additonal piece of inforamtion is that AC2 Creaney was 28 when he died.


Henk Welting
1st July 2010, 15:58
AlanW, Douglas,
Thanks for additional info. Have no 1 TTU Beaufort loss on file; however 5 (C)OTU lost Beaufort EL136 2-6-1943 at Ballymacilhoyle. Wasn't 5 (C)OTU at that time also based at Turnberry ?

1st July 2010, 16:19
Hi Henk,
Yes, you're correct about 5 (C)OTU being there at time.

6th March 2021, 18:26
UPGRADE to Elsie Phyllis James W 305220, died in the the Deer Lodge hospital, Winnipeg of hyperthyroidism

17th March 2021, 11:34
UPGRADE to Frank Clark Gladstone Gadsby R 137302, attached to RCAF Gander, he died in the station hospital of a pneumothora caused by the spontaneous rupture of his left lung

4th May 2021, 16:48
John Henry Howell 127614 , attached to 11 OTU, was taken seriously ill on 30th May and was admitted to RAF Hospital Halton where he succumbed to meningitis with his family at his bedside

27th January 2023, 21:55
John Creany 1785258 ,attached to Number 1 TTU, was dangerously injured in a road accident on 2 June, dying of his injuries in Number 74 General hospital at Turnberry

15th June 2023, 21:11
Arthur Leslie Stather 1620723 | attached to RAF Calshott, was admitted dangerously ill to the Sutton EMS hospital, Surrey on 22 May, dying of pulmonary tuberculosis