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« on: May 12, 2017, 14:40:43 PM »

Rank:Aircraftman 2nd Class
Service No:1350800
Date of Death:16/08/1940
Regiment/Service:Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Grave Reference: Plot E. Row 1. Grave 3.
Additional Information:Son of Ldg. Sea. Walter Henry Austin, R.N. (killed in action, 3rd November, 1940), and of Lillian Elizabeth Austin, of Uplyme, Devon.

Aircraftman 2nd Class Richard Ernest Austin was one of many fatal casualties from the Luftwaffe attack on R.A.F. Tangmere on the afternoon of 16th August 1940, and he was buried in the local churchyard four days later alongside some of his comrades. Attached is the Burial Return (R.A.F. Form 1755)

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« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2017, 20:59:37 PM »

Richard Ernest Austin
Born 2.5.1922

In 1939 with mother Lilian E(21.5.1889)  and father Walter H(6.3.1897) & 2 siblings. At Parmol Cottage Axminister.
Richard was an Apprentice Motor Mechanic.
Father Walter H was an RAF Coxswain and Naval Pensioner*.
Also 2 closed entries(younger siblings?)

Walter Henry Austin
UK Army & Navy BMD shows his death 3.11.1940. No DJ/23288 on HMS Laurentic . lost at sea. His death recorded on Plymouth Memorial.

Laurentic was an armed merchant cruiser . torpedoed at 22.50, and again  at 04.04, 3.11.1940.  Sunk within minutes. 2 officers & 47 ratings lost. West of Bloody Foreland off west of Ireland

* I think he retired in Oct 1939 after completing 10 years service. and recalled in 1940,
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