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    Default 400507 - Unaccounted Airwoman & Airmen - 07-05-1940

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    400507 - Unaccounted Airwoman & Airmen - 07-05-1940

    From Henk's List -

    UK
    WAAF
    CARPENTER, Sheila Ursula - ACW2c - 880889 - WAAF.
    Leicester ( Gilroes) Cemetery, Leicestershire.
    Death due to an operation . Cause ?

    UK
    HAYES, Leonard Frank - Cpl - 523892 - RAF - 904 Balloon Sqn.
    Hawkinge Cemetery, Kent.
    Cause of death ?
    HOWDLE, Kenneth - AC1c - 628638 - RAF.
    Walkington ( Old Hallows ) Churchyard, Yorkshire.
    Reported to have walked into an a/c rotating propeller ?
    SETTLE, Frederick Gordon - AC1c - 624835 - RAF - 9 Sqn.
    Bolton ( Heston ) Cemetery, Lancashire.

    From CWGC -

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    LUSK, David James Theodore - F/O(Navy) - 70413 - RAF - 22 Sqn.
    Jonkerbos War Cemetery, Gelderland, Netherlands.
    [ Beaufort I - L4472 - 22 Sqn].

    UK
    DELAHUNTY, Myles Joseph - AC2c - 636904 - RAF - 22 Sqn.
    MILLS, Sidney William - AC1c - 623774 - RAF - 22 Sqn.
    WOOLLATT, Stuart Percival - F/O - 39451 - RAF - 22 Sqn.
    These three airmen were also crew of Beaufort I - L4472 - 22 Sqn.
    They are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey.

    BERRYMAN, John Theodore - P/O - 33506 - RAF - 22 Sqn
    Cranwell ( St. Andrew ) Churchyard, Lincolnshire.
    [ Beaufort I - L4466 - 22 Sqn ].

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    Default Re: 400507 - Unaccounted Airwoman & Airmen - 07-05-1940

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    CARPENTER, Sheila Ursula - ACW2c - 880889 - the inquest into her death was reported in several newspapers at the time. She died after an operation for removal of the tonsils at the Royal Bath Hospital, Harrogate, when a strip of gauze was left in her throat after the operation. A verdict of 'Death by misdventure' was returned by the Coroner. The Coroner acknowleged that there was always a degree of risk involved in an operation, but noted that one did not expect ordinary routine matters to be left to chance. The anaesthetist had inserted the gauze to provide a gas-tight seal, but had been called away to prepare for another operation, and the theatre nurse had failed to draw attention of the presence of the gauze to the surgeon. The presence of the gauze had brought a great load upon the heart, leading to an attack. The article reported that the surgeon took final responsibility.

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    Default Re: 400507 - Unaccounted Airwoman & Airmen - 07-05-1940

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    HAYES, Leonard Frank - Cpl - 523892 - the Folkestone, Hythe, Sandgate and Cheriton Herald of May 25th 1940 published a photo of him, and reported that he died 'as the result of an accident.'

    The cemetery register for Hawkinge Cemetery records that he died in a 'motor cycle racing accident at Herne Hill R.A.F. Station, Clapham.'

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    Default Re: 400507 - Unaccounted Airwoman & Airmen - 07-05-1940

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    HOWDLE, Kenneth - AC1c - 628638 - the inquest into his death was reported in the Yorshire Evening Post of May 9th 1940, and it records that he was killed at 'a Northern aerodrome' when he was on a tender which went out to an aircraft which had just landed during the night. As he approached the aircraft, he was struck by a turning propeller. It was thought the sound of another aircraft taking off drowned out the noise of the airscrew. A verdict of Accidental death was recorded.

    SETTLE, Frederick Gordon - AC1c - 624835 - his entry on findagrave.com records that he was struck by the propeller of [Wellington] N2987 during startup. However N2987 was w/o in March 1940?
    The ORB Form 540 also has N2987, but perhaps a typo for either N2898 or N2897, which it records on Ops on May 7th and April 30th respectively?

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