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Henk Welting
2nd July 2010, 12:52
What were the places of deathy registration for:

A - Not found Flight Global:
AC1 Randolph M. CRAWLEY - 1550823.

B - Died on active service:
F/Sgt Victor J. MORRIS - RAAF 404873;
LACW Joyce P. MOSEY - 2005676;
F/Sgt John F. NICHOLSON - 354160 - 952 (Balloon) Sqn (Sheerness), and
AC2 George RULE - 1699812.

C - Proposed aircraft losses:
Beaufighter IIF - R2455 - 54 OTU - crashed on landing Charterhall.
Henley I - L3250 - 1 AACU - crashed on landing Weston Zoyland.
Master I - N7764 - RAFC - collided on approach with Oxford BG558 at Cranwell.
Oxford I - BG588 - RAFC - crashed Cranwell South, refer to Master N7764.
Tiger Moth II - R4853 - 14 EFTS - collided with Tiger Moth R4967 and crashed Stag House Farm, Market Bosworth, Leicestershire (R4967 could land safely).

Regards and thanks for your help.

2nd July 2010, 14:16
Randolph Crawley, no middle initial age 21 in Towcester district, Northamptonshire

morris is recorded in the index as James V Morris Northallerton district, Yorkshire, based upon the following
Morris A705 file title mentions - "Place - Northallerton, UK; Date - 8 June 1943"
The Nominall Roll lists his unit as '1659 Communications Unit '

This should be 'AIR 29/613 No. 1659 Conversion Unit, Leeming and Topcliffe' perhaps?

Joyce P Mosey and John F Nicholson age 52, both in Aylesbury Buckinghamshire, note same district as Standing on June 9th.

George Rule Amounderness district, Lancashire

3rd July 2010, 06:45

RE: Beaufighter IIF - R2455 - 54 OTU

I believe the pilot of R2455 was AUS409635 Sgt Stanley James WILLIAMS RAAF. I don't know the extent of his injuries. The incident is described elsewhere as; heavy landing, undercarriage collapse. Williams went on to serve with No.456 Sqn RAAF. There is a short biography of Williams in 'Those Other Eagles'. Shores pp.648-9.


Rich Allenby
4th July 2010, 20:15

Regarding F/Sgt Morris. Because he died in Northallerton or the immediate area could I suggest that he may have died in the Friarage Hospital which was used for military casualties at the time. I also have a note that he died from an illness but I can't remember where that came from.

Just catching up on your posts of the last couple of weeks, regards Rich

Henk Welting
7th July 2010, 16:55
Thanks friends for your help; was busy with other things and apologize the belated reaction.

10th July 2010, 09:15
A bit late but just to confirm Rich Allenby's post

AWM Roll of Honour - Victor James Morris gives:
Cause of death: Illness

Source: AWM148 Roll of Honour cards, 1939-1945 War, Air Force

6th June 2012, 19:03

A follow up for you. 17 OTU ORB has the following:

"On June 8th 1943 emergency aid to personnel in Wellington aircraft which crashed from 16 OTU. The crew were dead. The Fire Tender overturned, killing one and injuring three of the crew".

Although it does not give service details, it is reasonable to assume that it was 1550823 AC1 Randolph M. CRAWLEY who died in this incident as his death was registered in Towecester approx 4 miles from RAF Silverstone in Northants.



7th June 2012, 10:22

On the 8th June 1943, AUS404873 F/Sgt Victor James MORRIS RAAF, an observer, reported sick at 1700 hours having had a headache for 8 hours which was progressively getting more severe. He was admitted to hospital and died at 2330 hours. A post mortem revealed an Extradural Haemorrhage caused by a fractured skull.

Storr, with corrections.


Henk Welting
10th June 2012, 13:23
Thanks Col & Jonny for this much appreciated and worthwhile info.

15th April 2021, 11:54
Joyce Phyllis Mosey 2005676 , a Clerk GD attached to Number 3 PRC, was admitted seriously ill to Stoke Mandeville EMS hospital on 25th May where she died of tubercular meningitis

22nd February 2022, 21:40
William Anderson 1026881 , attached to Number 10 Wireless Unit , died in Demagiri hospital of malaria contracted at Post 82 on detached duty

5th March 2022, 19:02
Edward Charles Sutton 1030473 , boarded a ship in the UK on 19 May en route for Algiers. On the same day he developed a frontal headache which became worse and did not cease or diminish. Despite this, he left Algiers for Tripoli by ship and later flew to Malta by aircraft. On 7 June he was admitted to Number 48 General hospital and examined. Treatment was begun with sulphathiazold and a lumbar puncture, but this gave no relief and he was given morphine. He became unconcious however and his temperature rose to 103 and he died at 22:30 Hours. A post mortem found he had died of a temporosphenpidal brain abscess of an obscure origin

9th November 2022, 14:28
John Francis Nicholson 354160 , was admitted dangerously ill to RAF hospital Halton on 24 February, where he died of carcinoma of the stomach

26th January 2023, 22:31
Thomas Thomason 855879 , attached to the AFT Unit, was admitted dangerously ill to hospital at Mindapur on 4 June, where he died of smallpox following an appendicitis operation

27th March 2023, 22:06
George Rule 1699812 | attached to Number 19 Initial Training Wing | was admitted dangerously ill to the Military Register EMS hospital Whittington, where he died of acute dilation of the stomach with his father, Mr. T. Rule of Back Gardens, Parton, Cumberland, at his bedside