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    Default 400404 - Unaccounted Airmen - 04-04-1940

    Hello,

    400404 - Unaccounted Airmen - 04-04-1940

    From Henk's List -

    SOUTH AFRICA
    DONALDSON, John "Jack" - Second Lieutenant - 203085 - SAAF - 32 Sqn.
    Capetown ( Plumstead ) Cemetery, Western Cape, South Africa.
    DOAS, Cause ?

    UK
    BEECH, Alfred Christopher - Lac - 751022 - RAFVR - 4 BGS
    [ Heyford III - K6893 - 4 BGS ].
    DALTON, John Patrick - P/O - 41524 - RAF - 4 BGS
    SMITH, Ralph Ramsay - Lac - 751145 - RAFVR - 4 BGS
    [ These two airmen were crew of Heyford III - K6896,which was in collision with K6893 ]
    The above three airmen are remembered on the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey.

    From CWGC -

    AUSTRALIA
    WALSH, Edward Andrew - Cadet - 24189 - RAAF.
    Richmond General Cemetery, New South Wales, Australia.
    [ Demon I - A1-49 ].


    FRANCE
    JORDAN Richard William Edward - Lac(Wop) - 539928 - RAF - 30 Sqn.
    LEWIS, John Adrian - Sgt( Pilot) - 563644 - RAF - 233 Sqn.
    MARTIN, Arthur Robert - Lac - 528493 - RAF - 113 Sqn
    These three airmen rest at the L'aiguillon-Sur-Mer Communal Cemetery, Vendee, France.
    [ Wellesley - K7740 - 36 MU ].

    UK
    ALLAN, Arthur George Robert - Sgt - 562405 - RAF - 211 Sqn
    HAWES, Ronald - Sgt - 565704 - RAF - 223 Sqn.
    PORTER, John Douglas Victor - F/O - 39619 - RAF - 107 Sqn.
    These three airmen are remembered on the Runnymede Memorial Surrey.
    [ Wellesley - K7754 - 36 MU ].

    HEWETT Jack Patrick Majendie - /O - 39878 - RAF - 149 Sqn.
    HARGREAVES, John Denton - P/O - 77035 - RAF - 214 Sqn.
    INNES, Jerome Alexander - F/O(Pilot) - 40227 - RAF - 214 Sqn.
    The above three airmen rest at West Row Baptist Chapelyard, Suffolk.
    NELSON, Robert Melville - Sgt - 580853 - RAF - 214 Sqn
    Bathgate Cemetery, West Lothian
    These four airmen were crew of Wellington Ic - P9267 - 149 Sqn

    Alex

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    Default Re: 400404 - Unaccounted Airmen - 04-04-1940

    203085 2/Lt John DONALDSON

    "Second Lieutenant / Flying Corps"
    Died 04 Apr 1940 on the Main Road, Parow, due to "Fracture of skull and laceration of brain - injuries sustained as a result of a motorcar accident."

    Identified by Paul McMillan in this thread here
    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/sho...634#post139634

    Also from the Form of Information of a Death on FamilySearch:-
    https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61...381&cc=1779109

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    Default Re: 400404 - Unaccounted Airmen - 04-04-1940

    Hello,

    AUSTRALIA.

    24189 Cadet Edward Andrew WALSH RAAF

    Air Cadet Edward Andrew WALSH RAAF (of No.22 Squadron RAAF), was killed in a flying accident at 8.20 A.M., on 4 April, 1940. Air Cadet WALSH RAAF, flying solo, in Demon A1-49, stalled from an inverted position while in a slow roll and spun into the ground near the Hawkesbury Agricultural College, Richmond, NSW. Demon A1-49 was completely destroyed.

    RAAF Air Cadets were not allocated service numbers.

    I have no idea where the service number 24189 originated, but can tell you that 24189 was in fact, allocated to, Samuel Arthur Thomas WOODBRIDGE RAAF, at Cairns, QLD, on 13 June, 1940:

    https://nominal-rolls.dva.gov.au/vet...d=871907&c=WW2

    Walsh had previously served a short stint in the Militia, with the 5th Field Regiment (09-01-1939 to 14-12-1939), then transferred to the RAAF. He also had 180+ flying hours on enlistment in the RAAF. Air Cadet Walsh was due to graduate in five weeks time.

    At an inquiry, on 10 July, 1940, the Coroner, Mr H S Johnston, recorded a finding of accidental death. The cause of death was given as; haemorrhage and other extensive injuries.

    http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article40875277

    Col.
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    https://www.cwgc.org/find-records/fi...NDREW%20WALSH/

    Don't know where CWGC got the service number from ?

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    Default Re: 400404 - Unaccounted Airmen - 04-04-1940

    Just noticed in passing, in #1 above
    "UK
    ALLAN, Arthur George Robert - Sgt - 562405 - RAF - 211 Sqn"

    If recall correct, perhaps noted in some other post.
    Rather than hunt again, to add just a little from my 211 Squadron Honour Roll page, notes:

    "Sgt Allan, the Squadron’s first casualty of the war, was in fact killed in transit to his 211 Squadron posting while taking part in a Wellesley Delivery Flight to the Middle East, when Wellesley I K7754 was lost in bad weather off the French coast with K7740"
    http://www.211squadron.org/honour_ro...nWellesleyloss

    Allan, Arthur George Robert 562405 Sgt WOp/AG 04/04/1940 RAF 26 In transit ME Runnymede
    Source: CWGC and Gunby & Temple RAF Bomber Losses Middle East Mediterranean Vol 1 1939-1942
    Last edited by Don Clark; 9th April 2023 at 03:32.
    Toujours propos

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    Default Re: 400404 - Unaccounted Airmen - 04-04-1940

    Hi Alex,

    WALSH, Edward Andrew - Cadet - 24189 - RAAF

    Don't know where CWGC got the service number from ?

    https://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/Sear...spx?B=21510546

    AGE 24 (18.12.15) - 24 18 1+2+1+5 = 9 24189

    Is it a coincidence or an intention?

    Regards

    Mojmir

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