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    Default 440905 - Unaccounted Airmen - 5-9-1944

    Hello,

    440905 - Unaccounted Airmen - 5-9-1944

    From Henk's List -

    ITALY
    BAKER, Cyril George - Cpl - 918152 - RAFVR - Naples War Cemetery, Italy.

    UK
    GIBBONS, Jack Robert - Sgt - 932795 - RAFVR - Motcombe (St. Mary) Churchyard Extension, Dorset.
    GUNN, Donald Begg - Cpl - 1820683 - RAFVR - Wick Cemetery, Caithness-shire.
    MEAGER, George Guy - Wng/Cdr - 35144 - M.B.E - RAFVR - Andover Cemetery, Hampshire. ( CWGC site has 9th May 1944 ?)
    ROWLANDS, Clifford John - Sgt(Nav) - 1624754 - RAFVR - Oxford (Botley) Cemetery, Oxfordshire.

    From CWGC & Geoff's sites -

    INDIA
    PALMER, William Sidney - LAC - 1046678 - RAFVR - Calcutta (Bhowanipore) Cemetery, Kolkata, India.

    UK
    BARNETT, William John - Sgt (A/G) - 2235180 - RAFVR - Sarn cemetery, Glamorganshire. [ Wellington X - HF570 - 84 OTU ].
    BRISBOURNE, Edward - Sgt (A/G) - 3050808 - RAFVR - Much Wenlock Cemetery, Shropshire. [ Wellington X - HF570 - 84 OTU ].

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    GIBBONS 932795 - ancestry.co.uk has him listed on their National Probate Calendar, which states he died in the Royal Berkshire Hospital, London Road, Reading. His home address was also in Reading.

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    Default Re: 440905 - Unaccounted Airmen - 5-9-1944

    Thanks Jon.
    I take your pointer, but like-wise, I don't expect it will say much more. Only an 'In Memorium' in local newspaper one year later. No modern relatives traced.
    Stewart

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    BAKER, Cyril George - Cpl - No 15 Rest Camp.

    INDIA
    PALMER, William Sidney - LAC - GRO states 1 GMN but perhaps it should be 1 CMU?.

    UK
    GIBBONS, Jack Robert - Sgt - registered in Reading.
    GUNN, Donald Begg - Cpl - not Eng/Wales?.
    MEAGER, George Guy - Wng/Cdr - killed whilst flying in Hamilcar, LA714 of No 23 MU, which crashed at Lyneham whilst making a diving approach to lose height during a test flight on 9th May 1944
    ROWLANDS, Clifford John - Sgt(Nav) - not Eng/Wales?.
    BARNETT, William John - Sgt (A/G) - Wellington X - HF570 - 84 OTU ].
    BRISBOURNE, Edward - Sgt (A/G) - Wellington X - HF570 - 84 OTU ].

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    Hello

    GUNN, Donald Begg - Cpl - 1820683 - the Statutory Death Register on the Scotland's People website records that he was found dead in the north west corner of the grounds of Billadyke Military Hosital, Larbert. Death was due to strangulation by hanging (suicide). He had last been seen alive at 2.00 p.m. on September 4th.

    MEAGER, George Guy - Wng/Cdr - 35144 - the national Probate Calendar confirms his death on May 9th 1944. The G.R.R. Form has his unit as 33 M.U.

    ROWLANDS, Clifford John - Sgt(Nav) - 1624754 - the Deaths Register has a "Clifford J. Boolands" aged 20, registered Brixworth. Could this be him...? His unit on his G.R.R. Form is 85 O.T.U.

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    Hi Simon.
    Apologies for the delay in replying, but I did shortly after your post. I can only blame my ignorance in technology that I have not pressed the correct button to 'send' it properly.
    Firstly, thanks for the post and details of Sgt. Cross' history which I have incorporated. In the meanwhile I have been plodding on with the research and have managed to trace Cross' 90 years old sister-in-law and her son/nephew. This part of the family are estranged from Sgt. Cross' side and they have no memorabilia, however we have exchanged some information and I hope to meet with them in the near future to talk things over. There are three other siblings of Cross but they are proving difficult to follow as they have tended to live in the same area for the last 150 years and descendants are all called John/Ellen etc. Makes it hard to follow the correct line. Have obtained photos of local memorial along with village one near Lancaster, along with police HQ memorial. Another distant descendant, who has done the family tree to the 1700's, though again it is an offshoot branch who has little information on our side of the family. Still got another couple of cul-de-sacs to go down before have to wind it up. Cross' wife remarried twice after the war and son possibly died in Devon with no marriage or children yet traced for sure. Still awaiting reply from 36 Sqd secretary and another 'Ancestry' contact.
    Again, many thanks for your time and interest.
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    Default Re: 440905 - Unaccounted Airmen - 5-9-1944

    Noting thread #2 by Jon Heyworth, re Sgt 1514256 James CROSS, 36 Squadron, based Algeria, died 5 September, 1944, just before squadron was redeployed from North Africa, I see it is recorded that he died 'of drowning whilst on duty'. The ORB's are scant in detail for that day, only that five aircraft were deployed on an 'armed recce'.
    Currently researching CROSS on our local war memorial and was wondering if it can be determined if CROSS was 'actively on duty' or was he engaged in some leisure activity/pursuit (?) under orders or otherwise that contributed to his death.
    Much obliged as ever.
    Stewart

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    Default Re: 440905 - Unaccounted Airmen - 5-9-1944

    There’s nothing else noted. My only suggestion would be to get a GRO overseas death certificate but I suspect it wouldn’t say much more

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    Default Re: 440905 - Unaccounted Airmen - 5-9-1944

    Hello

    A bit of bckground for James Cross, via a family tree on ancestry.co.uk:

    Cross was a Police Constable in Lancashire County Constabulary before the war, and in 1939 was living at 66 Cop Lane (yes, really!). He was born on August 28th 1910.

    There is a photo of him in Police uniform, with the P.C. number 662 on his collar.

    From the Lancashire Evening Post of September 8th 1944:

    KILLED
    A former member of the Lancashire County Constabulary, stationed at Hutton, Sergeant James Cross, a wireless operator air gunner in the R.A.F. Coastal Command, has been killed on active service overseas. The official intimation has been received by his wife, who resides at 66, Cop-lane, Fenwortham, Preston.
    Aged 33, Sergeant Cross was a native of Forton, where his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. Cross, reside at Pear Tree House. He joined the County Constabulary about eight years ago and was engaged with the motor patrol.


    His name is on the County Constabulary WW2 Roll of Honour:

    https://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/3342

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    Researching R.A.F. personnel from the North East of England

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