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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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26.04.1941 No. 242 Squadron Hurricane IIa Z2666 Sgt. Arthur (Kenneth) Vaughan

Operation: Not known - training /patrol / ferry flight

Date: 26th April 1941 (Saturday)

Unit: No. 242 Squadron

Type: Hurricane Mk IIa

Serial: Z2666

Code: LE-?

Base: RAF Stapleford Tawney

Location: Between Chartham and Chilham, Kent, England.

Pilot: Sgt. Arthur (Kenneth) James Vaughan 916680 RAFVR Age 41. Killed


We have very little information on the loss of Sgt. Vaughan and would like to appeal to any relative to contact us as the village where he is buried as the only WW2 grave would like to honour him on Remembrance days.


REASON FOR LOSS:

It is known that he crashed between Chartham and Chilham. 

Some reports state that he had been attacked by Lt. Wolfgang Tonne (1) of JG53, then, with fuel tanks punctured had managed to cross the English Channel, crash landing at 13.20 hrs. in the approximate area described. We are unable to confirm any of these details.

                     

242 Squadron Hurricanes (archive)

He was taken to Chartham Military Hospital where he died at 17.45 hrs that evening.

At 41, he was very much over the normal flying age for fighter pilots.

Burial Details:

Sgt. Arthur James Vaughan. Southease Churchyard, Lewes, East Sussex. Husband of Christine Vaughan of Stanmer Villas, Brighton. Full next of kin details currently not available - are you able to assist completion of these and any other information? The death certificate does show his name to be Kenneth James Vaughan.

Researched for relatives of the pilot and the village where he is buried. With thanks to Gerald Millard for bringing this loss to our attention and to the following for further information, Flight Global, Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

A reader, John Simmons contacted Aircrew Remembered in October 2015 and suggested the possible next of kin details:

Possible marriage: Arthur James Vaughan to Christine Littlebury, 23rd September, 1925, Cathedral of St George, Cape of Good Hope, South Africa.  Christine Littlebury, poss born Colchester, Essex, 26th September, 1902, daughter of Charlotte May Littlebury, otherwise Mary Charlotte Littlebury and unknown father.


(1) Lt. Wolfgang Tonne, a Luftwaffe multi ace with 122 victories by the time he was killed in a flying accident on the 20th April 1943 in Tunisia.

Left: Lt. Wolfgang Tonne

Acknowledgements: Sources used by us in compiling Archive Reports include: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vols. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vols. 1 and 2', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Tom Kracker - Kracker Luftwaffe Archives and Fred Paradie - Paradie Archive (both on this site), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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