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    Default Unaccounted airmen - 25-4-1941

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

    W/O William G. CRADDOCK - 505535;
    LAC (Pilot u/t) Roy V. NELSON - 1109155, and
    P/O (Pilot) Martin W. RIVERS - 62015.

    Proposed aircraft losses for this day:

    Battle I - V1240 - 8 BGS - crashed in forced landing Shandwick Bay, Ross & Cromarty.
    Beaufort I - L4458 - 3 OTU - crashed in forced landing 15 miles N of Ashburton, Devon.
    Blenheim I - L1523 - 54 OTU - crashed in forced landing near Church Fenton.
    Hurricane I - N2522 - 55 OTU - spun into ground Linhope, near Amble, Northumberland.
    Master I - N7672 - 8 FTS - spun into ground Kinnell.
    Spitfire I - K9972 - 57 OTU - crashed in forced landing Rhyl, Flintshire.

    Regards and thanks for your help.
    Henk.

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    Default Unaccounted airmen - 25-4-1941

    Hello Henk,

    I have

    William G CRADDOCK, Age 42, death registered at Ulverston, Cumbria
    Roy Vivian NELSON, Age 19, death registered at Kinnell, Arbroath
    Martin W RIVERS, Age 24, death registered at Northumberland N. 2nd

    The last two could be Master N7672 and Hurricane N2522 respectively. 8FTS was based at Montrose which is near Kinnell and 54OTU was at Usworth which fits with Amble.

    Regards,

    David

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    Nelson was killed in N7672 while with 8 FTS.

    April 25th 1941, “No.110955 LAC Nelson, R.V. (31 Course) killed in N7672. He spun into
    the ground off a turn and caught fire. Investigation held by Wing Commander Simpson on
    29th April.”

    The 55 OTU ORB confirms Rivers are flying N2522.

    April 25th 1941, “P/O M.W. Rivers killed in accident to Hurricane N2522 at Linhope.”

    I haven't got any information about Craddock.
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    A litte more on N2522, the actual crash location is Meggrims Knowe, Linhope and small parts of the aircraft still exist.

    Jim
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    Thanks all. Sometimes heavy-hearted when I look at my long list of airmen/-women unaccounted for, but info like this from you and many other friends pep me up to continue.
    Regards,
    Henk.

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    Hi Henk,

    Sgt C C N Bailey was the pilot of L4458. No note in my files of any other casualties.

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    Thanks Ross for info on Bailey. May have been W/O Clarence Charles Nelson BAILEY - 928619 (fm S.Africa) who was killed 10-1-1943 flying with 39 Sqn and commemorated on Column 269 of the Alamein Memorial. Closest aircraft loss in my Beaufort File is DD952 ditched 10 miles S of Suez Bay (Air Britain however mentions 13-1-1943).
    Regards,
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    Hello Henk,

    Just like Ross said there were no casualties on L4458. In fact it is the same Bailey you mention. He was killed on Beaufort X8934.

    Best regards

    Kevin

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    W/O Craddock is a DOAS listing, June 26th magazine

    Nelson and Rivers of course are KOAS, same list June 12th publication of Flight.

    Henk, no need to acknowledge this post unless further discussion/questions.
    Last edited by dennis_burke; 29th October 2009 at 01:51.
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    Thanks Kevin for info on serial Beaufort BAILEY.
    Thanks Dennis for info on cause of death CRADDOCK.
    Regards,
    Henk.

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