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    Default Unaccounted airmen - 7-8-1941

    What were the places of death registration for:

    Sgt (Pilot) Owen R.B. DICK - 1288945;
    LAC (Pilot u/t) George E. PYPER - 1380753;
    LAC (Pilot u/t) Edward H. ('Teddy') RIDGEWELL - 971228;
    AC2 Walter SCOTNEY - 1026704, and
    LAC (Pilot u/t) Dennis F. VAUGHAN - 655842.

    Proposed aircraft losses for this day:

    Hurricane I - P3702 - 55 OTU - crashed; no further details.
    Oxford II - V3689 - 11 FTS - crashed on overshoot Shawbury.
    Tiger Moth II - T7341 - 11 EFTS - crashed Kingswell Wood near Scone.

    Regards and thanks for your help.
    Henk.

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    Hi HENK
    Pyper,21, is registered at Whitchurch,which is the right area for a death at Shawbury.
    Scotney,21, registered at Deben, Suffolk.
    Owen Dick,didn't show on the register but I note he is buried at Perth a few miles from Scone,?T7341
    Neither Ridgewell or Vaughan came up on the register, both are buried in England but could have died in Scotland
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    Hi Henk, Pyper was indeed the solo pilot of Oxford V3689.

    Cheers, Tom

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    Thanks Dick and Tom for your response; much appreciated.
    Regards,
    Henk.

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    Henk,

    Sgt. Dick, LAC Pyper, Lac Ridgewell and LAC Vaughn all KOAS;

    AC2 Scotney DOAS.

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    Henk

    Dick, Vaughan and Ridgewell, place of death recorded as Kingswell Wood, St Martins, Perthshire and so were were in TM T3741.

    But there are only two places in a TM!

    regards

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    Dave
    Did you get a look at cause of death for the TM in Perthshire? Perhaps 1 or 2 killed in the crash and 1 or 2 killed by accident during the recovery of the wreckage or bodies. St Martins is very close to the airfield and an Airfield rescue crew going to the scene doesn't look unreasonable.
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    Dick,

    I think you do well to query, but the cause, time, date and location are the same for all three, listed consecutively in the register

    Dick is described as pilot instructor and the other two as LAC under training pilot.

    Unless there was another a/c as yet unidentified.

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    Thanks Dave
    The thing I thought of was that one of the U/T pilots was in fact in the runway caravan and went to the scene of the crash with a Fire Crew. If you look at
    http://www.content-delivery.co.uk/aviation/airfields/Scone.html you will find St Martins close to the airfield (NE). I wouldn't be surprised if Trainees spent part of their time in Groundschool and from time to time were detailed to join the crew of the Runway caravan as Temp Duty pilot,a duty they would expect on a Sqn.Your 2nd a/c is also a possibility, 3 in a Tiger is a little "cosy"!!
    Regards
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    Thanks friends. Followed your discussion. AHB/RAF may know but they won't answer my letter(s) due to understaffment, privacy reasons and because I'm not a next of kin. Annotations made.
    Regards,
    Henk.

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