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    Default 410409 - Unaccounted Airmen - 09-04-1941

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    410409 - Unaccounted Airmen - 09-04-1941

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    BENNETT, John Thomas - AC2c - 1191465 - RAFVR - RAF Tangmere.
    Nuthurst (St.Thomas) Churchyard, Tanworth, Warwickshire.
    HEMLEY, Joseph Sidney - AC1c - 1104776 - RAFVR - RAF Tangmere.
    Ratcliffe-on-the-Wreak (St.Botolph) Churchyard, Leicestershire.
    HILL, Herbert Arthur John Ernest Roy - Lac - 743644 - RAFVR - RAF Tangmere.
    Minster-in-Sheppey (SS.Mary and Sexburga) New Churchyard, Kent.
    NEWELL, William - Sgt - 313188 - RAF - RAF Tangmere.
    Hornchurch Cemetery, Essex.
    WOOLGAR, Joseph - Lac - 799787 - RAFVR - RAF Tangmere.
    Brighton (The Downs) Cemetery, Sussex.

    Five airmen deaths were registered in Chichester, making RAF Tangmere the most likely location.
    In their history of Tangmere (Tangmere, Famous Royal Air Force Fighter Station, An Authorised History), Reginald Byron and David Coxon provide details from the station ORB confirming that five airmen were killed in an air raid at Tangmere in the early morning of 9 April 1941, when two barrack blocks were damaged.

    BECKETT, George William - AC2c(W.OP.U/T.Ag) - 1165277 - RAFVR - RAF Bagington.
    Newark-on-Trent Cemetery, Nottinghamshire.
    He was hit on the head by debris during air raid damage clearance in Coventry on 8 April. He brushed off the injury and carried on working but collapsed and was conveyed to the Coventry and Warwickshire Hospital where he was killed when the building was hit in an air raid in the early hours.

    REYNOLDS, Leonard Joseph - AC1c - 1156665 - RAFVR - RAF Grantham.
    Frindsbury (All Saints) Churchyard, Kent.
    Died in RAF Hospital Quarrington of miliary tuberculosis.

    BLAKE, Arthur Wilfred - AC1c - 1182920 - RAFVR - 916 Balloon Sqdn.
    Butcombe (St.John the Baptist) Churchyard, Wiltshire.
    PRICE, Arthur Leslie - AC1c - 1198183 - RAFVR - 916 Balloon Sqdn.
    Hereford Cemetery, Herefordshire.
    ROBINSON, Cyril Thomas - AC1c - 961718 - RAFVR - 916 Balloon Sqdn.
    Birmingham (Witton) Cemetery, Warwickshire.
    SHAW, John - AC2c - 1053902 - RAFVR - 916 Balloon Sqdn.
    Belfast City Cemetery, County Antrim, UK.
    SLADE, Alfred George - Lac - 851462 - RAF - 916 Balloon Sqdn.
    Solihull Cemetery, Warwickshire.
    These five airmen were killed in an enemy air raid at Balloon Site 916/11, 916 Balloon Squadron, Coventry, 9 April 1941.
    See AIR 81/5752.

    BOWLES, Irvine Douglas - AC2c - 701578 - RAFVR.
    Compton Dundon (St.Andrew) Churchyard Extension, Somerset.
    Killed when his car collided with a lamp standard at Street.

    BROAD, Edwin Charles William - F/Sgt - 353669 - RAF.
    Halton (St.Michael) Churchyard, Buckinghamshire.
    Admitted seriously ill to RAF hospital Halton on 23 February. He became dangerously ill on 27 March and died at 19:45 Hours of pneumonia secondary to severe arthritis of the right hip joint.

    GOWLAND, Robert - W/O - 345161 - RAF - BEM - 10 OTU.
    Washington Cemetery, Durham.
    Drowned on active service, 9th April, 1941, aged 39 years. The Sunderland Echo of September 30th 1941 reported that He was drowned in April in trying to rescue a comrade.

    O'DONOVAN, Edward Michael John - AC1c - 1187116 - RAFVR.
    Mortlake Cemetery, Surrey.
    Fatally injured in air raid at Barkston Heath relief landing ground at 03:00 hours dying in RAF Hospital Rauceby.

    SAVIN, Thomas Robert - Sgt - 542315 - RAF - 10 OTU.
    Liverpool (Allerton) Cemetery, Lancashire.
    Accidently drowned at at the hand propelled ferry at Bablock Hythe Oxfordshire as did Robert Gowland 345161 also of 10 OTU who lost his life in a gallant rescue attempt.

    WEBB, Alfred Ernest - Lac - 39552 - RAF - 58 OTU.
    Eastwick (St.Botolph) Churchyard, Hertfordshire.
    Almost certainly Died in Air Raid (Blitz) National Probate Calendar records that he died at 83 Blackfriars Road, Great Yarmouth. See also civilians Raymond and Rowena Turner, who died at the same address on that date - Great Yarmouth was attached by Luftwaffe on the night of April 8/April 9 1940 with a totla of 17 people being killed and 68 injured. It is noted that a 'WEBB A E is listed as Civilian War Dead. No further information currently available.' for Great Yarmouth Roll Of Honour for Civilans.

    From CWGC -

    BURTON, Robert - Sgt - R/60228 - RCAF.
    Hawarden (St.Deiniol) Churchyard, Flintshire.
    Spitfire Ia - N3250 - 57 OTU.

    SMITH, Leslie Heath - Lac - 1110716 - RAF.
    Brentwood (London Road) Cemetery, Essex.
    Magister I - L8085 - 5 EFTS.

    DRAYSON, Andrew Walter B - Lt(A) - HMS Grebe - RN.
    Initial Burial Heraclion Cemetery reburial 08/09/1945 at
    Sudan Bay Cemetery, Greece.
    Swordfish - K5988 - 815 Sqdn FAA,RN.
    Aircraft Mia 09/04/1941.
    Date of death 11/04/1941.
    Initial Burial 13/04/1941.
    The Swordfish crew of three were safely in a dinghy and eventually Lt.Drayton decided to swin for the shore as the current was taking the dinghy further out to sea. Drayton's body was discovered on the beach by local residents After he had departed the sea conditions changed and the dinghy with the two remaining Airmen FAULKS and CARROLL was eventually swept ashore and to safety.

    BARTENS, Jurgen- GAF.
    VONIER, Franz - GAF.
    These two German Airmen rest at Brookwood
    Cause of death ?

    BUCEK, Karl - GAF.
    KOHL, Oscar- GAF.
    KRAMER, Rudolf - GAF.
    LANGHANS, Rudolf - GAF.
    LENZ, Bruno - GAF.
    MUELLER, Alfred - GAF.
    MUELLER, Hans Friedrich - GAF.
    MUELLER, Wilfred- Dieter Georg Franz Theob - GAF.
    NEUMANN, Gerhard - GAF.
    VANDER, Helmut - GAF.
    These ten German Airmen rest at Cannock Chase German Military Cemetery, Staffordshire.
    Cause of death ?

    Alex

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    Default Re: 410409 - Unaccounted Airmen - 09-04-1941

    Hi Alex,

    Ofw Vonier, Franz Pilot
    Oblt Bartens, Jürgen Observer

    He 111P-2, He 111P-4 Werk # 2908 "G1 + LS" Stfkpt 8/KG-55

    Sd by a Defiant of No. 151 Sq., piloted by F/Lt D. Darling & AA fire, crashing at Winsdor Great Park. Remaining crew: Fw Fritz Pons, R/O (WIA & POW) and Fw Hermann Hübler (or Kübler), Mech (WIA & POW).

    https://aircrewremembered.com/Kracke...rch_type=exact

    Regards

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    Default Re: 410409 - Unaccounted Airmen - 09-04-1941

    Hi Alex,

    Cannock Chase German Military Cemetery, Staffordshire:

    He 111H-3 Werk # 6840 "V4 + HH" 7/KG-40

    Sd by a Hurricane of No.79 Sq., piloted by S/Ldr John H. Heyworth, and crashed into the sea off St David's Head, Pembrokeshire.
    Crew: Ofw Herbert Knäbel Pilot (POW), Ofw Erwin Wienroth, Obs (POW); Fw Karl Bucek, R/O (KIA) and Ofw Hans Salzsieder, Flt Engr (MIA at Sea)
    https://aircrewremembered.com/Kracke...rch_type=exact


    He 111H-3 Werk # 3181 "6N + 3K" 2/KGr-100

    Sd by a Beaufighter of No.604 Sq., crashing at Boveridge, near Cranborne, Dorset.
    The pilot Ofw Waldemar Lorentzen (Lorenzen) bailed successfully (POW), however, gunner Gefr Oskar Kohl, Gnr (KIA), bailed too low for his chute to deploy. Remaining crew: Oblt Helmut Vander (KIA), Obs; Fw Bruno Lenz, R/O (KIA); Uffz Rudolf Kramer, Flt Engr (KIA)

    https://aircrewremembered.com/Kracke...rch_type=exact
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    He 111P-2 Werk # 1423 "G1 + DN" 5/KG-55

    Sd by a Defiant of No.264 Sq., piloted by Flt/Sgt E. R Thorn (DFM) & Sgt F. J. Barker (DFM). The He 111 crashed at Shepherd's Hanger, Busbridge, south of Godalming, Surrey.
    Crew: Uffz Alfred Müller, Pilot (KIA) Gefr Rudolf Langhans, Obs (KIA); Gefr Heinrich Berg, R/O (Injured & repatriated) and Uffz Gerhard Neumann, Flt Engr (KIA)

    https://aircrewremembered.com/Kracke...rch_type=exact


    He 111H-5 Werk # 4018 "1G + FK" 2/KG-27

    Shot down during the night over Coventry by a Hurricane of No.151 Sq., piloted by P/O Richard P. Stevens (DFC). The engine and mid section were on fire and the AC crashed and exploded on the Little Hill Farm, Wellesbourne, Warwickshire.
    Crew: Ofw Heinz Müller, Pilot (POW); Oblt Hans Friedrich Müller, Observer (KIA); Uffz Georg Schaefer, R/O (POW); Fw Helmuth Müller, Gunner (POW) and Sonderführer Wulf Dieter Georg Müller, War Reporter (KIA).

    https://aircrewremembered.com/Kracke...rch_type=exact

    Regards

    Mojmir
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    Default Re: 410409 - Unaccounted Airmen - 09-04-1941

    Quote Originally Posted by vrajm View Post
    He 111H-3 Werk # 3181 "6N + 3K" 2/KGr-100

    Sd by a Beaufighter of No.604 Sq., crashing at Boveridge, near Cranborne, Dorset.
    The pilot Ofw Waldemar Lorentzen (Lorenzen) bailed successfully (POW), however, gunner Gefr Oskar Kohl, Gnr (KIA), bailed too low for his chute to deploy. Remaining crew: Oblt Helmut Vander (KIA), Obs; Fw Bruno Lenz, R/O (KIA); Uffz Rudolf Kramer, Flt Engr (KIA)

    https://aircrewremembered.com/Kracke...rch_type=exact
    Code was 6N+BK I think.

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