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    Hi

    Suter - He was serving with No 502 Sqn, at Aldergrove when he was accidentally shot with a revolver.

    Malcolm

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    Sloane died of a fractured skull, see facebook plugin comment

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    Towse died in a road accident not in a flying accident, see facebook plugin comment for full details

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    Tom Charles Roden collapsed and died at RAF Sutton Bridge
    Of myocardial degeneration

    Moderator Edit: 349128 so the database collects it.
    Last edited by Jagan; 5th January 2021 at 23:08.

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    Default Stewart C Caird

    547578 attached to RAF aldergrove,
    Drowned in a swimming accident

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    Sergeant Joseph Ernest CATCHPOLE (754642)

    On 21st July 1940 the 4 E.F.T.S. record book states that there was a fatality on the tarmac at Brough airfield when a rotating propeller struck an airman. I have yet to identify the aircraft involved.
    http://www.yorkshire-aircraft.co.uk/...0/21jul40.html

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    Flight Lieutenant John Lloyd WILLIAMS (73923)

    1940 Died when his car crashed during a war time black-out
    https://www.gracesguide.co.uk/John_Lloyd_Williams

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    1940-03-16 01043 W/C Richard Graham BLOMFIELD UK Age 50, died at Farnborough.

    Full Story here: http://sussexhistoryforum.co.uk/inde...ic=7374.0;wap2


    Western Morning News - Monday 18 March 1940

    WING COMMANDER FOUND GASSED.

    Wing Com. Richard Graham Blomfield, D.S.O., was found gassed at his home at Alexandra-road, Farnborough, Hants, on Saturday. Wing-Com. Blomfield, who was 50, was recalled to the R.A.F. Reserve of Officers at the outbreak of war, and had since lived at Farnborough. His manservant, George Charles Bryant, who was the only other occupant of the house, found him dead in the kitchen. He applied artificial respiration, but an R.A.F. doctor found on arrival that death had taken place some hours earlier.



    On 18 March 1940, the Gloucester Echo reported that Wing Commander Richard Graham Blomfield, who had been recalled from the RAF Reserve at the outbreak of war, was found gassed [16 March] in his Farnborough home. Several U.S. papers reported on an article in the London Daily Mail, 20 March 1940, which stated that "he died without knowing the decision of a court martial which he faced three weeks previously. Findings at the time of Blomfield's death were not promulgated and the Daily Mail made no mention of the charges against him. (An air ministry spokesman stated that the trial was held in Camera and that the charges not made public. He declined further comment.)"

    Today, details regarding his court martial can be found in the National Archives: AIR43/13 and AIR44/10. A letter from the Judge Advocate General charges Wing Commander Blomfield with "conduct to the prejudice of good order and Air Force discipline" when he wrote a letter, on official letterhead dated 17 January 1940, to a Mr Wallace Groves, New York. Therein, he informed his friend:

    "We are testing out a plane here with super magnets in the wings and it flies low over the sea and up comes the magnetic mines to the surface. It is proving very successful and am telling you privately as I know the idea would appeal to you. You fly as low as you and I were taken over the water from Miami to your island."
    Blomfield was referring to the Directional Wireless Installation, an electromagnetic hoop installed on a Vickers Wellington. On 5 March he was found guilty of the civil offence of communicating classified information to a foreign national. The sentence was dismissal from the RAF. It would seem that his love of flight and the friendships he formed during the UK mission to the United States contributed to this tragic error.

    No record has been found regarding when and where he rejoined the RAF or what he did. He appears as a Wing Commander (1918 to 1935) servicing on the Active List of the RAF in the December 1939 to March 1940 Air Force Lists. He was buried in the Aldershot Military Cemetery.

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    From Kenley Revival Facebook

    We've only just added LAC Spirrell to the Kenley online memorial and missed the anniversary of his death, so we're remembering him today...

    Not all the deaths of RAF Kenley related personnel were due to enemy action. One such was the tragic death of Leading Aircraftman William Spirrell in Devon on 7 June, 1940.

    A member of 615 (county of Surrey) Squadron, William was going to a party in Plymouth with his fiancée, Phyllis West, but had decided to have a swim at The Point, Turnchapel, before they went.

    Phyllis described the events at the inquest, recorded in the Daily Mirror:

    "He said the water was cold when he first went in and I told him not to go too far out. He did not answer and then his arms stopped moving. I shouted: All right I am coming in and jumped into the water. Just as I got hold of him, he went down. I grabbed his leg and then managed to get to a boat where I held him until help came."

    A naval surgeon-commander attending the inquest said there was nothing to explain Spirrell’s sudden death. The verdict of the inquest was accidental death.

    WILLIAM JOHN SPIRRELL was the youngest of eight children born to Frank (a farm labourer) and Mabel Elizabeth, nee Strickland, Spirrell. He was born in 1917 in Dicheat, near Shepton Mallet, and joined the RAF as an aircrafthand, later becoming an “F” Class reservist.

    He had met Phyllis Charlotte West about three and a half years prior to his death and they had become engaged during 1939. She was a starch packer and lived at No.2 Point Cottages, Turnchapel, not far from where William lost his life. She later married Ernest J. E. Stansbury and died in Plymouth in 1977.

    Leading Aircraftman William Spirrell is buried in Ditcheat (St. Mary Magdalene) churchyard, Somerset, south-east of the church.

    Rest in peace Sir and thank you for your service.

    Photo shows the 615 Squadron badge and a Daily Mirror newspaper report, 15/6/1940.

    #kenleyrevival Kenley Common #plymouth

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