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    Default Unaccounted airwoman and airmen - 25-3-1942

    What were the places of death registration for:

    A - Not found in Flight archives:
    AC2 Thomas E. BRAY - 1117818;
    AC2 Herbert A.G. CHATFIELD - 1398649;
    P/O (Pilot) James W.B. PHILLIPS - DFM - 47878, and
    AC2 William McB.A. WEBSTER - 1374686 - age 28.

    B - Died on active service:
    F/O Percy C.T. DEWAR - 87115;
    ACW2 Margaret T. GORMAN - 2097411 - 2 Grp BC - age 16 !;
    AC2 Arthur H. MOLE - 1579157, and
    Cpl George H. ROWLINSON - 626256.

    C - Also looking for units and probably cause of death of the following airmen commemorated for this date on the Runnymede Memorial:
    Sgt Ronald H. BESTER - 1263115 - Panel 78;
    Sgt Stanley C.G. BLOWES - 1310757 - Panel 78;
    Sgt William J.T. BOGG - 1060157 - Panel 78;
    Sgt Jack OLDKNOW - 1108940 - Panel 90, and
    Sgt George W. SEARLE - 1376197 - Panel 93.

    D - Proposed aircraft losses:
    Blenheim I - K7087 - 2 (C)OTU - crashed on landing Catfoss.
    Blenheim IV - Z5737 - 51 OTU - crashed on landing at night Cranfield.
    Hurricane I - V7128 - 55 OTU - crashed on overshoot Usworth.
    Hurricane I - V7726 - TFU - crashed in forced landing Packham Park, Fordingbridge, Hampshire.
    Hurricane IIB - Z3350 - FIU - spun into ground 1 mile W of Ford.
    Tiger Moth II - N6611 - 101 GOTU - flew into ground Tackley, Oxfordshire (also if the crew were army personnel).
    Maryland I - AR731 - OADU - overshot landing at Portreath.

    Regards and thanks for your help.
    Henk.

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    Hi Henk
    The most likely Thomas Bray,22, is in the 2nd Qtr of 1942 registered at Holderness, E Yorkshire
    Chatfield,19,registered at Deben, Suffolk
    Phillips, 31, registered at Chichester, Sussex
    Webster,20, registered at Dudley,Staffordshire in the S of the County near Birmingham
    Margaret Gorman,Age given as 19, registered at Huntingdon.There was a county of Huntingdonshire at the time,most of it is now part of Cambridgeshire,I believe
    Mole,19 registered at Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. In the N of the County
    Dewar didn't come up but is buried in Belfast, N Ireland and is out of my range if he died there
    Regards
    Dick
    Last edited by Dick; 30th May 2009 at 16:28.

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    Henk,

    25-3-1942
    1(C)OTU
    Hudson V AM699
    Night Navex.

    Crashed in sea 3 miles SW of Silloth, 2250 hours. Presumed collided with Hudson N7392 (also of 1[C]OTU).

    Crew, no particular order.

    AUS405151 Sgt Thomas ESSAM RAAF +
    AUS403044 Sgt Peter FIELD RAAF +
    AUS403452 Sgt Mervyn Charles TAYLOR RAAF +
    1108940 Sgt Jack OLDKNOW +

    See: A705 of AUS403452 Sgt M C TAYLOR RAAF (NAA: A705 163/165/86).

    Taylor's body recovered from Solway 24 hours later, buried Silloth (Causewayhead) Cemetery. Others commemorated on Runnymede Memorial.

    The unit mentioned for Bester, Blowes & Bogg on GRO War Deaths 1939-48 is 1(C)OTU. Only have A-B info, others will have to provide details on Searle.

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 30th May 2009 at 16:07. Reason: minor correction

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    Henk,

    Aces High/Shores & Williams, 1994. pp.494-5, mentions that P/O (Pilot) James W B PHILLIPS - DFM - 47878, was killed in a flying accident whilst a Flying Instructor on 25 March 1942.

    See also: Aces High 2/156. It mentions that Phillips enlisted as an Aircraft Apprentice in January 1927. (NCO No. 561185).

    Entry No.15. 561185 Phillips,James William Bristowe. P/O. (47878) +25-3-42. (31). Buried Littlehampton Cemetery, Sussex - DFM. Pilot Officer. Hawker Hurricane IIB Z3350. Killed in crash 1 mile west of Ford Aerodrome.

    See: http://oldhaltonians.co.uk

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 30th May 2009 at 16:37. Reason: minor correction

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    Excellent info on Hudsons and Hurricane; thanks Col.
    Best regards,
    Henk.

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    Searle is also 1 COTU on the GRO list.

    AC2 T E Bray is DOAS in May 28th 42 Flight magazine
    P/O J W B Phillips DFM is KOAS in the JUly 9th Flight magazine. Scanned as: P/O. J. W. B.' Phillip.., the last s is missed by the text recongnition software.
    AC2 W McB A Webster is DOAS in May 14th magazine. Name is scanned as "A/C.2 W. McB. A. Wrebster"

    Can;t find Chatfield no matter what I search for.
    Dennis Burke
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    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
    www.ww2irishaviation.com

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    As ever, thanks Dennis.
    Regards,
    Henk.

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    I came across an entry from the 16 EFTS ORB for the 25th,

    March 25th 1942, “Fatal flying accident 5627598 Cpl Chadaway E. (Glider Regiment) killed. Magister P2437 at Dalburn Lees, near Derby, crashed from spin.”

    Dalburn Lees is two places, Dalbury and Lees, they are about 3km from each other.
    Alan Clark

    Peak District Air Accident Research

    http://www.peakdistrictaircrashes.co.uk/

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    Thanks Al. This loss was in my files; nevertheless thanks for your attention and response on this board. CHADAWAY was a member of the 1st Wing Glider Pilot Regt and the accident happened 17.10 hrs.
    Regards,
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    Hi, came across this thread whilst Googling Margaret Taylor Gorman. Her grave is in Godmanchester's St Mary's church, and states that she died on active sevice on 25 March 1942. Aged just 16.
    I'd be very interested if you have any other information on the circumstances, and I have a photo of her grave if you are interested.
    Thanks
    Webby

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