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    Default 430324 - Unaccounted airmen - 24-3-1943

    What were the places of death registration for:

    A - Not found in Flight Global:
    Sgt Harold G. BUCK - 511358, and
    AC2 Percy G. RICHINGS - 1658986 - age 34.

    B - Died on active service:
    Cpl William J. BURROWS - 932164 - age 41;
    AC2 Francis S. DYMOND - 1852017, and
    F/Sgt Albert J. MEREDITH - 1329723 - age 48.

    C - Also looking for info on the death of:
    Sgt (Airgunner) George A. MARCH - 955584 - 262 Sqn (equipped with Catalina's I.B based at Congella, South Africa) - KOAS - buried Malta (Capuccini) Naval Cemetery.

    D - Proposed aircraft loss for this day:
    Hurricane I - V6948 - 56 OTU - crashed in forced landing Coulton Farm, near Gauldry, Fifeshire.

    Regards and thanks in advance for your help.
    Henk.

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    V6948 was recorded as being flown by 412911 Sgt William Light Cousens RAAF. The ORB states "ran out of fuel on main tanks and force landed at Gauldry".
    Alan Clark

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

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    Hi Henk
    Buck,35, registered at N Walsham, Norfolk
    Burrows,41, registered at Wayland, Norfolk
    Dymond,18, registered at Newton, Lancashire
    Meredith,48, registered at Hendon, Middlesex,N London
    Richings not England and Wales
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    Henk

    AC2 Percy George Richings - 1658986 - age 34 : Morningside, City of Edinburgh.

    Douglas

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    Thanks all for your much appreciated info.

    Henk.

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    Default 430324 - Unaccounted airman - 24-3-1943 (6 Sqn)

    Looking for the correct serial number of a Hurricane on which F/Sgt (Pilot) Frank HARRIS - 655491 was killed. He was assigned to Nr. 6 Sqn and killed on an anti-tank sweep near El Hamma. 6 Sqn based at Senem in Tunisia lost this day Hurricanes HV856, HW177 and HW298. He lies buried in the Sfax War Cem., Tunisia.
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    AC2 P G Richings is listed DOAS in may 27th magazine, search for P. G. Ri

    Cannot find Buck however.
    Dennis Burke
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    Hi Henk,

    From No.17 (P)AFU ORB

    24th March
    A Master II aircraft taxied into a petrol bowser and killed 932164, Cpl Burrows who was working on the bowser - the accident has been investigated.

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    Thanks Ross for this additional info on Cpl BURROWS and comments on other threads on airwomen/airmen unaccounted for. Will not respond to every thread to prevent new threads pushed of the first page.
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    C - Sgt (Air Gunner) George A. MARCH - 955584 - 262 Sqn*.

    Distinguished Flying Medal.

    OLSSON, Gustav. 778881 Sergeant, No.162 Sqn. (Immediate).
    L.G. 14/5/1943. Sorties 27, Flying hours 151. Air Gunner. Air2/4967.

    Sergeant Olsson has completed 151 hours operational flying involving 27 sorties, seven of which have been flown from Malta totalling 44 hours. On the night of 23rd/24th March, 1943, he was the front gunner in Wellington aircraft "F" of 162 Squadron engaged on a special task involving a flight from Malta along the Italian coast to Rome. The aircraft developed engine trouble and turned for home after 2.5 hours. About 15 minutes flying from home, the aircraft was engaged by a Heinkel 210 [sic] and on the second attack, the rear gunner was wounded. Sergeant Olsson made his way from the front to the rear turret to find the gunner dead, the turret out of action and the gun jammed. Finding himself unable to move the rear gunner, he pushed him to one side and reported three more aircraft coming in to attack. This enabled successful avoiding action to be taken. At the same time, he endeavoured to get the turret and guns in action again but this was a mechanical impossibility as the the turret was too badly damaged. His coolness and courage in taking up a dangerous position with little chance of being able to return the fire was undoubtedly instrumental in helping the aircraft to escape. During this period of service with the squadron, Sergeant Olsson has at all times displayed keenness, energy and to duty of the highest order which have largely contributed to the success of the operations upon which he has been engaged. For the courage and devotion to duty he exhibited on the night of 23rd/24th march, 1943, and his outstanding contribution to the success of the operations carried out by his crew, l strongly recommend he be awarded the immediate Distinguished Flying Medal.
    30th March, 1943.

    See:
    The Distinguished Flying Medal register for the Second World War with Official Recommendation Details. Volume II. K-Z.
    Tavender,Ian.
    London:Savannah,2000.
    p.383

    * The CWGC quotes March's unit as No.262 Sqn., which l think should read No.162 Sqn.

    This post might also interest Mikkel Plannthin. Olsson was ex-Rhodesia.

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 17th October 2012 at 10:20.

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