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    Default 400520 - Unaccounted Airmen - 20-05-1940

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    400520 - Unaccounted Airmen - 20-05-1940

    From Henk's list -

    FRANCE
    BIRD, Raymond - AC1c - 631221 - RAF - 142 Sqn.
    JENKINS, Leonard - AC1c - 548328 - RAF - 142 Sqn.
    McGRATH, John - AC1c - 297701 - RAF - 142 Sqn.
    PASSEY, Wilfred - Cpl - 627956 - RAF - 142 Sqn.
    These four airmen rest at Perreuse Chateau Franco British National Cemetery, Seine-Et-Marne , France.
    Cause of death ?
    Exploding Bomb on a burning aircraft.

    UK
    RITCHIE, Richard Hugh - LA - SR644 - HMS Peregrine/ HMS Ford - RN.
    This Naval airmen rests at Dorking Cemetery, Surrey.
    Cause of death ? DOAS.

    From CWGC -

    FRANCE
    BARRETT, Duncan Henry James - Sgt(Obs) - 580865 - RAF - 102 Sqn.
    DOLAN, Michael David - AC1c - 631053 - RAF - 102 Sqn.
    HOLBROOK, Dennis Frederick Stanford - P/O(Pilot) - 41703 - RAF - 102 Sqn.
    NEWBERRY, Reginald John - Lac(Wop) - 549885 - RAF - 102 Sqn.
    OWEN, David William Hew - F/Lt - 39332 - RAF - 102 Sqn.
    These five airmen rest at Hamegicourt Churchyard, Aisne, France.
    They were crew of Whitley V - N1380 - 102 Sqn.

    DAY, John Harold - P/O(Pilot) - 41676 - RAF - 13 Sqn - Doi.
    Mont Huon Military Cemetery, Le Treport, Seine-Maritime, France.
    Lysander II - N1221 - 13 Sqn (18-05-1940).

    BURTON, Roger William - P/O(Pilot) - 78440 - RAFVR - 85 Sqn.( 1st day, ex 601 Sqn ).
    Queries British Cemetery, Somme, France.
    Hurricane I - P3427 - 85 Sqn.

    PEACOCK, Michael Fitzwilliam - F/Lt(Pilot) - 90124 - RAF - DFC - 85 Sqn.
    Hurricane I - L2141 - 85 Sqn.
    SHREWSBURY, Richard William - P/O(Pilot) - 41874 - RAF - 85 Sqn.
    Hurricane I - P3426 - 85 Sqn.
    These two airmen rest at Arras Communal Cemetery Pas-de-Calais, France.

    NETHERLANDS
    THRIFT, Kenneth Victor - Sgt(Obs) - 580889 - RAF - 102 Sqn.
    Jonkerbos War Cemetery, Gelderland, Netherlands.
    WHITLEY V - N1417 - 102 Sqn.

    UK
    SHELDRICK, Douglas Arthur Thomas - Sgt(Pilot) - 741743 - RAFVR - 15 FTS.
    Cambridge City Cemetery, Cambridgeshire.
    Harvard I - P5890 - 15 FTS.

    WALLIS, Stanley Thomas Banks - Sgt(Pilot) - 741434 - RAFVR - 2 FTS.
    Cherry Hinton ( St. Andrew ) Churchyard, Cambridgeshire.
    Harvard I - N7140 - 2 FTS.

    WOOD, Harry Bulkeley - Sgt(Pilot) - 741861 - RAFVR - 2 FTS.
    Littleham ( SS. Margaret and Andrew ) Churchyard, Devon.
    Harvard I - N7140 - 2 FTS,

    CURRY, Leslie George - AC2c - 749948 - RAFVR - 206 Sqn.
    Kingston-Upon-Thames Cemetery, Surrey.
    Halifax I - L9526 - 206 Sqn.

    The following seven airmen are all commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial Surrey.

    DORRIEN-SMITH, Lionel Roger(Isles of Scilly) - P/O - 72501 - RAFVR - 79 Sqn.
    Hurricane I - L2145 - 79 Sqn.

    BOURGEOIS, Arthur Edmond Quentin( New Zealand) - P/O - 42100 - RAF - 248 Sqn.
    TATAR, Simon George - P/O - 42684 - RAF - 248 Sqn
    These two airmen were crew of Blenheim IV L9455 - 248 Sqn.

    BOOTH, Bryan Seymour - P/O - 42045 - RAF - 48 Sqn.
    DODDS, Stephen - F/Lt - 37086 - RAF - Mid - 48 Sqn.
    GUMBLETON, Arthur Herbert - Lac - 538552 - RAF - 48 Sqn.
    JACOBS, Norman Edward - Lac - 526265 - RAF - 48 Sqn.
    These four airmen were crew of Anson - K8772 - 48 Sqn.

    Alex
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    Default Re: 400520 - Unaccounted Airmen - 20-05-1940

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    RITCHIE, Richard Hugh - LA - SR644 - ADM 104 records that he died at Bognor War Memorial Hospital due to severe laceration of the scalp, severe shock and fracture of the spine, the result of a diving accident. Newspaper reports record that he dived off the pier at Bognor Regis into water that was too shallow and his head struck a rock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex Smart View Post
    PEACOCK, Michael Fitzwilliam - F/Lt(Pilot) - 90124 - RAF - DFC - 85 Sqn.
    Hurricane I - L2141 - 85 Sqn.
    This aircraft is listed as being with 601 Sqn in our database.
    However, 85 Sqn does indeed appear to be correct:
    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/sho....-Peacock-DFC-

    https://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/176754
    says his transfer date was actually 18 May. It also lists the aircraft as being coded VY-A.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex Smart View Post
    BURTON, Roger William - P/O(Pilot) - 78440 - RAFVR - 85 Sqn.( 1st day, ex 601 Sqn ).
    Queries British Cemetery, Somme, France.
    Hurricane I - P2437 - 85 Sqn.
    There was considerable debate about the 85 Sqn losses on 20 May 40 on TOCH back in 2008. Alex, I see you were one of the participants.
    Assuming we have got the right aircraft (does anyone have any further thoughts after all this time?), the serial will have been P3427.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex Smart View Post
    BOURGEOIS, Arthur Edmond Quentin( New Zealand) - P/O - 42100 - RAF - 248 Sqn.
    TATAR, Simon George - P/O - 42684 - RAF - 248 Sqn
    These two airmen were crew of Blenheim IV L9455 - 248 Sqn.
    This is another interesting one. I was under the impression that 248 Sqn suffered two mid-air collisions in 1940:
    20 May 40: Blenheim L9455 and P4837. L9455 survived this incident, it was P4837 that was lost. See: http://aircrewremembered.com/bourgeo...ur-edm0nd.html
    Warner agrees (P232). L9455 was lost later:
    13 Dec 40: Blenheim L9455 and R3625
    the five casualties on 13 Dec 40 are at: http://www.rafcommands.com/database/serials/details.php?uniq=L9455
    Bourgeois and Tatar need to be removed from this entry and added to P4837.

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    Default Re: 400520 - Unaccounted Airmen - 20-05-1940

    Thanks, P2437 was a Magister 1, my typo

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    Default Re: 400520 - Unaccounted Airmen - 20-05-1940

    Gents Leslie George Currie

    should be associated with Blenheim L9256, not Halifax L9526.

    Regards

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    Default Re: 400520 - Unaccounted Airmen - 20-05-1940

    Thanks Dave, don't remember how the Halifax came in to the thread.
    Otherwise there is a difference with the spelling of Curry, I had Curry, while you give Currie .
    Ross has Curry in CCL vol 1.

    Henk had Curry listed under Anson I - N9897 - 206 Sqn.

    Out of time to edit the above 1st post.
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    Default Re: 400520 - Unaccounted Airmen - 20-05-1940

    Alex

    My mistake with how Curry/Currie is spelled. I had no reason to change it, probably occurred as I have a friend 'Currie'. As to the Halifax, it has the wrong serial in the database, I should have mentioned that. Henk had the choice of ascribing Curry to either the Anson or the Blenheim as they were involved in a ground collision.

    regards

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    Default Re: 400520 - Unaccounted Airmen - 20-05-1940

    BOOTH, Bryan Seymour - P/O - 42045 - RAF - 48 Sqn.
    DODDS, Stephen - F/Lt - 37086 - RAF - Mid - 48 Sqn.
    GUMBLETON, Arthur Herbert - Lac - 538552 - RAF - 48 Sqn.
    JACOBS, Norman Edward - Lac - 526265 - RAF - 48 Sqn.
    These four airmen were crew of Anson - K8772 - 48 Sqn.


    AIR 81/2138 -- Flight Lieutenant S I Dodds (sic), Pilot Officer B S Booth, Leading Aircraftman A H Gumbleton, Leading Aircraftman N E Jacobs: missing believed killed; shot down, enemy action, Anson OYG (sic), 48 Squadron, 20 May 1940.

    This links Anson - K8772 to OY-G


    see http://ww2talk.com/index.php?threads....16940/page-11

    reference Costal Command Losses Vol 1 (Ross McNeill)


    Took off 1710 hes Detling in company with two other Ansons to attack nine MTBs. At 1900 hrs 35 km SW of Texel they sighted eight or nine MTBs in convoy and attacked. F/L. Dodds led the attack and was hit by flak from an E-boat in the starboard wing and was forced to ditch.


    https://www.google.co.uk/books/editi...sec=frontcover
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