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Henk Welting
22nd September 2010, 12:52
What were the places of death registration for:

A - Died on active service:
AC1 John W.E. HAGLEY - 1478980, and
F/O Harold L. OWEN - 119409.

B - Killed on active service:
LAC Charles F. PUTT - 1335128.

C - Proposed aircraft losses:
Boston III - W8266 - 6 FPP - overshot landing at Tollerton.
Auster I - LB348 - 22 EFTS - crashed on landing Cambridge.
Hudson III - FK795 - 45 Grp - crashed on landing Prestwick.

Regards and thanks for your help.

22nd September 2010, 13:16
John W.E. HAGLEY - Bristol district Gloucestershire age 25
Harold L. OWEN - Chichester district, Sussex . age 35

Charles F. PUTT - Poplar district, London.
Must have died at hoem withhis parents?

The death register index has a 21 and a 22 year old, the 22 year old seems to have the age 22 typed over something else. Typo either in GRO index in think.

22nd September 2010, 15:46

Re: LAC Charles F. PUTT - 1335218.

16 Fw190 aircraft of 1./SKG 10 attacked London/Ramsgate on the night of 19/20-6-1943.

Luftwaffe Hit-and-Run Raiders.
pp.41-2 & 93.


Henk Welting
22nd September 2010, 17:07
Thanks Col & Dennis for info on the 'unaccounted' of 20-6-1943.

22nd September 2010, 17:48
Hi Henk

Accoding to CWGC Hagley was killed on 20 Jul 1943 not 20 Jun, if so he was registered in Bury, Lancashire


22nd September 2010, 17:51
Correct sorry, I made sure to doubel check the two 1943 deaths of John Hadley's and still wrote down the wrong one!!

John E A Hagley 1943 Bristol Gloucestershire
John W E Hagley 1943 Bury Lancashire

Henk Welting
23rd September 2010, 12:14
Thanks Dennis & Malcolm for correction.


7th May 2018, 11:51

F/O Harold L. OWEN - 119409 - the Portsmouth Evening News of June 23rd 1943 reported the following:

Killed in Ten Minutes
A road accident at Singleton on Sunday, when Pilot Officer John Lindsey Owen, R.A.F., was killed while undergoing motor-cycle instruction, was investigated yesterday by Mr. N. Howard Hignett, Coroner for the Chichester District.
Pilot Officer Owen was 35, and a member in civilian life of the editorial staff of the Star newspaper, London. His home was at Wendover (Bucks).
Pilot Officer John Douglas, R.A.F., said he was instructing Pilot Officer Owen, who practised in a grass enclosure throughout the morning and afternoon. He was given permission to obtain road experience at 5.30 p.m., and appeared confident.
Evidence given by Private Harry Albert Ralph Stanmore, Canadian Army driver, showed that, ten minutes later, Pilot Officer Owen ran into the back of witness's lorry, which had pulled out into the road to take a left hand bend.
"I have listened to the evidence with mixed feelings," said the Coroner, "because I also learnt to ride a motor-cycle in the Services and I feel that 'there but for the grace of God go I.' The obvious explanation is that Pilot Officer Owen lost his head by reason of inexperience and either did not or could not brake."
A verdict of "Accidental death" was returned, with no blame attached to anyone.

LAC Charles Frederick PUTT - 1335128 - the Daily Herald of June 21st 1943 reported the following:

On his first day home on leave from the R.A.F., 20-year-old Charles Putt was killed by a bomb dropped by a lone German raider on a London suburb yesterday.
His father, aged 48, and mother, 44, were also killed. Lilian Putt, his sister, was the only survivor of the family. She was seriously injured.
A row of ten little shops was demolished and some houses damaged.
A War Reserve policeman said the raider dopped its bomb when caught in the searchlights. It then tried to evade the searchlights by climbing.
People in the neighbourhood said the A.A. barrage was the heaviest they had ever heard.



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