WW2 Airman's body found on Hatfield Moor in 1987

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  1. archivist

    archivist Well-Known Member

    In the summer of 1987 an airman's body was found in a peat bog on Hatfield Moor, quite close to RAF Finningley and RAF Lindholme. There were no dogtags or other means of identification so it was buried with a "Known to God" headstone in the parish churchyard at Finningley. I believe it was not buried for quite a while after being discovered. Cam anyone please tell me exactly when the burial took place and was it done with full military honours?
     
  2. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

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  3. archivist

    archivist Well-Known Member

    Thanks,

    I have already contacted them and they sent me a photo of the grave but no indication of when the burial took place
     
  4. Mr Jinks

    Mr Jinks Bit of a Cad

    Is this him?

    Lindholme - UK Airfield Guide

    Kyle
     
  5. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

  6. Mr Jinks

    Mr Jinks Bit of a Cad

    Clive from the text above found 23rd July 1987

    "He was buried on 11th November 1987"

    Kyle
     
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  7. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    Yes Kyle I know but they should have more details re the burial and where the body was received from etc
    This story has been knocking about for ages
     
  8. Mr Jinks

    Mr Jinks Bit of a Cad

    Yes agreed they should but I thought he (archivist) only wanted the date of reburial ? That`s all I really looked for, the rest was linked purely for background information.

    Kyle
     
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  9. archivist

    archivist Well-Known Member

    Thank you to all respondents. I had the date of 11th November 1987 but a military family in the area tod me that they had attended every remembrance day ceremony for many years and had never known of such a burial taking place. I know that the authorities would have to conduct enquiries before the reburial but he was found in July 1987 and four months seems a very long time for a man who was clearly a war death - further enquiries could easily take place after a post mortem and reburial. The issue has been heavily clouded by the silly ghost story and the Wellington Kyle referred to was actually a Halifax - although it was widely reported as a Wellington. The church sent me a photo of the grave but no detail on the reburial date.
     
  10. Tony56

    Tony56 Member Patron

    The parish burial register confirms 11 November 1987, row 6 plot 1, service by RAF Chaplain.
     
  11. archivist

    archivist Well-Known Member

    Hello Tony56. Thank you for that information which will be very helpful. This whole issue is very confused as Cl1 so rightly says because of the ghost stories surrounding the area and which are supposed to have come to an end with the burial of this man. I am not interested in ghost stories. I believe I know who this man is and I am utilising every bit of information I can find to help me prove it. My aim is nothing to do with ghosts, it is to get this man a proper headstone and to bring closure to his family after over 70 years. If my initial identification is correct, I have already located the family but I don't want to name him and possibly upset them until I am absolutely certain
     
  12. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    Thats fine
    I just think that there ought to be more info re newspaper reports etc which would help you further.
     
  13. archivist

    archivist Well-Known Member

    I have scoured the newspapers but I must not be using the right keywords because I have found nothing. I have spoken to locals and only one of them even remembers the body being found. But I will not give up!
     

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