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    Default 400526 - Unaccounted Airmen - 26-05-1940

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    400526 - Unaccounted Airmen - 26-05-1940

    From Henk's list -

    FRANCE
    LAY, William Henry - Lac - 535739 - RAF.
    St. Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, Seine-Maritime, France.
    Cause of death ?

    UK
    CUNNINGHAM, William - Sgt - 28961 - RAF - 2 CPF.
    Cramond Parish Churchyard, Edinburgh, UK.
    McLEAN, Charles Murdo - AC1c - 614699 - RAF - 2 CPF.
    Edinburgh Eastern Cemetery, Edinburgh, UK.
    These two airmen were crew of Tiger Moth II - N9202 - 2 CPF.

    BEAUMONT, Geoffrey Nethercote - Lt(A) - HMS Glorious - RN - 825 Sqn FAAa, RN.
    Lee-on-Solent Memorial, Hampshire.
    Swordfish - "5H" - 825 Sqn, FAA, RN.
    Aircraft returned, was it P3992 ?

    From CWGC -

    BELGIUM
    HAYWARD, Eric George - Sgt - 564673 - RAF - 103 Sqn.
    HUBBARD, William Frank - Sgt - 620073 - RAF - 103 Sqn.
    These two airmen rest at Ucimont Churchyard, Luxembourg, Belgium.
    They were crew of Battle I - L5514 - 103 Sqn.

    BROGAN, Albert Charles - AC2c(Wop) - 552071 - RAF - 59 Sqn.
    SCHWIND, Gordon Louis - Sgt(Obs) - 581353 - RAF - 59 Sqn.
    These two airmen rest at Warneton ( Waasten) Communal Cemetery Hainaut, Belgium.
    They were crew of Blenheim IV - R3613 - 59 Sqn.

    FRANCE
    ANDERSON, Colin Cecil Robert - P/O(Pilot) - 40350 - RAF - 88 Sqn.
    BUTLER, Richard William - Sgt(Obs) - 520538 - RAF - 88 Sqn.
    WILKS, Edmund - Sgt(Wop) - 537423 - RAF - 88 Sqn.
    These three airmen rest at Haraucourt Churchyard, Ardennes, France.
    They were crew of Battle I - L5467 - 88 Sqn.

    BAILEY, Gerald Montague (New Zealand) - P/O(Pilot) - 42330 - RAF - 53 Sqn.
    EVANS, William John Kelsall - Sgt(Obs) - 580951 - RAF - 53 Sqn.
    GILMORE, Alan Arthur - AC1c(Wop) - 552644 - RAF - 53 Sqn.
    These three airmen rest at Bayenghem-Les-Seninghem Churchyard, Pas-de-Calais, France.
    They were crew of Blenheim IV - L8863 - 53 Sqn.

    SYDENHAM, Frank - P/O(Pilot) - 77793 - RAF(AAF) - 73 Sqn.
    Chuffilly-Roche Communal Cemetery, Ardennes, France.
    Hurricane I - P3274 - 73 Sqn,( Henk's Y0043).

    NETHERLANDS
    SHAW, Richard Ernest - P/O(Pilot) - 42575 - RAF - 59 Sqn.
    Jonkerbos War Cemetery, Gelderland, Netherlands.
    Blenheim IV - R3613 - 59 Sqn.

    KENYA
    PEYTON, Hugh Chinnery (Southern Rhodesia) - F/O - CR/2916 - SRAF - 1 Sqn SAAF.
    Nairobi ( Forest Road ) Cemetery, Kenya.
    KIMPTON, Frederick Harold - Cpl - CR/606 - SRAF - 1 SAAF.
    Nairobi War Cemetery, Kenya.
    These two airmen were crew of Hardy - K5914 - 1 SAAF.

    UK
    LITTLEWOOD, Harold George - AC1c - 630251 - RAF - 16 Sqn.
    Hawkinge Cemetery, Kent, UK.
    Lysander P1685 (?).

    ARMSTRONG, Ernest Peareth - Lac(Wop) - 573130 - RAF - 235 Sqn.
    Stockton-on-Tees (Durham Road ) Cemetery, Durham, UK.
    MURPHY, Alfred Hall - P/O - 78255 - RAF - 235 Sqn.
    Great Bircham (St. Mary ) Churchyard, Norfolk, UK.
    These two airmen were crew of Blenheim IV - P6956 - 235 Sqn.

    WELFORD, John Hylton - F/O - 39588 - RAF - 65 Sqn.
    Minster ( Thanet) Cemetery, Kent, UK.
    Spitfire 1a - P9437 - 65 Sqn.

    The eight airmen listed below all are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, UK.

    ADYE, Capel Francis Goodson - F/Sgt - 28173 - RAF - 17 Sqn.
    Hurricane I - P3483 - 17 Sqn.
    JONES, William Thomas - F/Sqt- 590275 - RAF - 17 Sqn.
    Hurricane I - N2528 - 17 Sqn.

    COOK, Horace James - P/O - 77351 - RAF - 22 Sqn.
    JAMIESON, Frederick Robert - F/O - 37855 - RAF - 22 Sqn.
    MACKENZIE, Alan Duncan - Lac - 623407 - RAF - 22 Sqn.
    MELLOR, Harry Manners - Wng/Cdr - 16097 - RAF - 22 Sqn.
    These four airmen were crew of Beaufort I - L4450 - 22 Sqn.

    CAMERON, John Stewart (Cuba) - P/O - 33458 - RAF - 37 Sqn.
    PARKHOUSE, Raymond Cranmer - Sgt - 580833 - RAF - 37 Sqn.
    These two airmen were crew of Wellington Ic - L7793 - 37 Sqn.
    Both airmen are linked to the SS. Abukir loss in AIR81/722 along with Sqd/Ldr GLENCROSS. Also the a/c serial is incorrectly given as P7793 or it was a/c "LF-P", L7793

    Alex

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    Default Re: 400526 - Unaccounted Airmen - 26-05-1940

    Quote Originally Posted by Alex Smart View Post
    KENYA
    PEYTON, Hugh Chinnery (Southern Rhodesia) - F/O - CR/2916 - SRAF - 1 Sqn SAAF.
    Nairobi ( Forest Road ) Cemetery, Kenya.
    KIMPTON, Frederick Harold - Cpl - CR/606 - SRAF - 1 SAAF.
    Nairobi War Cemetery, Kenya.
    These two airmen were crew of Hardy - K5914 - 1 SAAF.
    Alex,
    I think the reference to South African Air Force should actually be to the Southern Rhodesian Air Force. Their 1 Sqn became 237 (Rhodesia) Squadron on 22 April 1940, so this should be the unit listed I think – Air Britain’s K serials does indeed list the last unit as 237 Sqn.
    Andy

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    Default Re: 400526 - Unaccounted Airmen - 26-05-1940

    Hi

    Lay - He was serving with No 75 Wing and died from wounds sustained during a bombing raid.

    "CUNNINGHAM, William - Sgt - 28961 - RAF - 2 CPF.
    Cramond Parish Churchyard, Edinburgh, UK.
    McLEAN, Charles Murdo - AC1c - 614699 - RAF - 2 CPF.
    Edinburgh Eastern Cemetery, Edinburgh, UK.
    These two airmen were crew of Tiger Moth II - N9202 - 2 CPF."

    Alex - where is the info on Cunningham and McLean from? There appear to be no death registrations for them in Scotland

    Malcolm

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    Default Re: 400526 - Unaccounted Airmen - 26-05-1940

    Re N9202, this forum's serial number database.
    Cemetery details from CWGC.

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    Default Re: 400526 - Unaccounted Airmen - 26-05-1940

    Interestingly Tiger Moth guru Malcolm Fillmore has this to say about N9202:
    "Crashed into hill in cloud Ladyland Moor, Ayr 26.5.40; Flt Lt Reginald Patrick Mahoney Gibbs injured."
    So clearly there is some confusion about this loss.

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    Default Re: 400526 - Unaccounted Airmen - 26-05-1940

    Hello

    CUNNINGHAM, William - Sgt - 28961 - his headstone reads 'died May 26th 1940 aged 56.'

    See: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/...iam-cunningham

    From that, the Scotland's People website records that William Cunningham, Clerk of Works and husband of Elizabeth Gray, died on May 26th at 7.45 a.m. at 1, Glebe Terrace, Cramond due to hemiplegia.

    Regards

    Simon
    Researching R.A.F. personnel from the North East of England

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    Default Re: 400526 - Unaccounted Airmen - 26-05-1940

    Cheers Simon

    I had mistakenly ruled him out as he was 56.

    Malcolm

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