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    Default Unaccounted airmen - 15-10-1940

    What caused the death of and/or what were the places of death registration for:

    LAC Fred ALCOCK - 743201 - killed on active service;
    AC1 Eric J. CLATWORTHY - 615303 - 266 Sqn (Wittering, Northamptonshire) - not found Flight archives;
    LAC Valentine DAVIDSON - 269024 - 15 BC, 937 Balloon Sqn, South Tyne - killed on active service;
    LAC John J. HOLLAND - 840423 - 1 BC, 901 Balloon Sqn, Abbeywood, London - killed on active service;
    AC2 John MANSELL - 1281966 - killed on active service, and
    LAC Frederick G. WESTLAKE - 157638 - killed on active service.

    Proposed aircraft losses for this day:

    Blenheim IV - Z5975 - 4 FPP - crashed on landing Sarclet, 6 miles S of Wick, Caithness
    Magister I - L8224 - 5 EFTS - crashed on take-off, Stone, Staffordshire
    Magister I - P2430 - 16 EFTS - flew into ground Ashbourne.

    Regards and thanks for your help.
    Henk.

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    Default Unaccounted airman - 15-10-1940 (S.Rhodesia/Zimbabwe)

    F/Lt (Pilot) Harvey G. McCALLUM - 40309 (RAF from Canada) - 20 EFTS (S.Rhodesia) was killed when the student 'froze' at the controls. F/Lt McCallum lies buried Athlone Cemetery, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe (grave 1).
    Looking for aircraft type and serial number.
    In same cemetery with same date of death lies buried in grave 2:
    Rifleman Costas I. GREGORIOU - X168 - Rhodesia Regiment.
    Could he have been the pupil pilot ?

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    Henk,

    Wasn't 20 EFTS in Oshawa, Ontario? Bulawayo had 27 EFTS. Tiger Moth most likely aircraft type at that time.

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    Leendert

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    20 EFTS was in Oshawa, but they didn't start flying unitl late June or early July 1941.

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    20EFTS may be a typo for 25 or 26 EFTS?

    25 arrived Belvedere airport, near Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia from UK in May 40, and 26 at Guinea Fowl, near Gwelo, Southern Rhodesia in Aug 40. (27 formed at Induna, near Bulawayo in Feb 41 - i.e. after the above mentioned accident). A Tiger Moth seems the most likely aircraft type.

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    Thanks all for additional info. Perhaps our 'Dakota' info on TM serial ?
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    Warner doesn't give any details of crew or casualties for the Blenheim

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    Hi Henk
    Alcock,37, Davidson,44, and Westlake, 39 are all registered at Romford,and could cover an incident in E London. Clatworthy,20 is registered at Neath, Glamorgan, S Wales. Holland,34 is registered at Woolwich S E London south of the river Thames where the 1st 3 are North of the river. Mansell,24, is registered at Malling, Kent.
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    Thanks Dick and Amrit for your help.
    Henk.

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    615303 AC1 Eric James Clatworthy (Age 20) contracted Tuberculosis whilst serving at RAF Wittering and died at home whilst on sick leave. Burial location; Buried in Swansea (Morriston) Cemetery, South Wales.

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    Tony H

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