|The Rushden Echo and Argus, 2nd October, 1942, transcribed by Gill Hollis
Rushden Airman’s Road Death
A verdict of “Death by misadventure” was recorded by the Mid-Bucks Coroner at an inquest at the Princess Mary’s R.A.F. Hospital, Haiton, on Saturday, on L.A.C. Harry Frederick William Patenall, aged 27, of 43, High-street, Irthlingborough, who was killed in a motor cycling accident at Wendover on Tuesday, Sept. 22nd.
Evidence of identification was given by his father, Mr. W. C. Patenall, of 2, Oval-road, Rushden, who stated that his son had ridden a motor cycle for many years.
Corpl. D. M. Thomson, R.A.F., said that at 10.15 p.m. on Sept. 22nd he was returning to camp from Wendover, and met Patenall at the bottom of Tring-road. Patenall offered him a lift, and he got on the pillion seat.
They travelled at a reasonable speed in the centre of the road, and when near the Rising Sun Patenall swerved to his right and they brushed past an airman walking on the left side of the white line.
After travelling a further 10 or 15 yards, Patenall braked suddenly, and witness saw an object loom up in front in the centre of the road. He felt the back wheel slew round and they struck something. He was thrown into the air, and when he was assisted up he saw two airmen lying in the road.
Corpl.WalentyWysocki, a Polish airman, giving evidence through an interpreter, stated that he was walking alongTring-road with six other airmen when something brushed past the trouser of his right leg, and he saw a motor cycle, which appeared to be skidding about in the centre of the road near the white line.
Twelve yards away he saw it fall and on running to it he saw a man lying under the back wheel and another man two yards in front of the machine.
A.C.2 SbingniewWesely, a Polish airman, also giving evidence through an interpreter, said that he was walking towards the camp when a motor cycle came from behind, struck him and threw him to the ground. He was afterwards taken to hospital.
Dr. G. G. Lennon stated that the cause of death was a fracture of the skull and intra-cranial haemorrhage.