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3 Dec 1923 at 41 Selwyn Street, Stoke on Trent, England.
591 Antrim Parachute Squadron Royal Engineers
Ringway Parachute Training Course 88.
Biological son of Doris May Austin (1898-c.1980).
Doris was a pottery warehouse woman. His grandparents were also in the pottery industry.
He was fostered by his maternal aunt, Doris' younger sister Betsy Austin (1900-1977) and her 1st husband Arthur Broadhurst (1876-1936). After his death she married William H Clowes (1892-1961) of Stoke on Trent Staffordshire in 1949.
6 June 1944 aged 20. His parachute caught fire as he jumped from the Sterling aircraft which was already on fire when he jumped.
Bayeaux War Cemetery plot 28, row H, grave 21
Château de Grangues Inquiry Index (Click)
Killed jumping from a Stirling IV aircraft, from 620 Squadron RAF Fairford, aircraft registration no. EF295J. The aircraft was hit by flak and caught fire, after several managed to jump out, the aircraft crashed in the grounds of the Château de Grangues. All survivors of the crash were taken POW, except one who evaded capture. Of the POWs, some were executed, others survived and were liberated in 1945.
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