Urmston WW2 

Cecilia Amelia Falla Paton

Name of Rgt or Ship:Civilian
Country of burial:Lost at SeaGrave Photo:No
Cemetery or Memorial:No Memorial
Town Memorial:Not Listed
Extra Information:
Lost in Air Crash at Sea.

The wife of James Paton who resided at 53 Ullswater Road, Flixton.   
Cecilia was on her way back to England to take up a secretarial post at a
Consulate in England.   She was on a Douglas DC-3 - call sign G-AGBB, a
BOAC flight 777 on a regular Lisbon to Bristol route, when it was shot down
by Luftwaffe fighter planes over the Bay of Biscay on the 1st June 1943.

Aboard this flight was the famous actor - Leslie Hughes, who amongst other
starring roles, played Ashley Wilkes in "Gone With the Wind".

Also on board his fated plane was Quirinus Tepas (pilot), D. de Koning
(second officer), Cornelis van Brugge (radio operator), Engbertus Rosevink
(flight engineer); also Francis German Cowlrick (elderly engineer), Wilfrid
Jacob Berthold Israel (British Secret Service agent), Gordon Thompson
Maclean (British Foreign Office), Ivan James Sharp (mining engineer;
specialist in tungsten), Tyrell Milmay Shervington (Lisbon manager of
Shell-Mex Corporation), Kenneth Stonehouse (Washington correspondent for
Reuters), Evelyn Stonehouse (wife of Kenneth Stonehouse), Cecilia Amelia
Falla Paton (on way to secretarial job at a consulate in England), Rotha
Violet Lettie Hutcheon (mother of Carola and Petra), Petra Hutcheon (11
years old), Carola Hutcheon (2 years old), and Alfred Tregear Chenhalls
(Leslie Hughes' business manager and travelling companion).

Alfred Chenhalls reportedly had a resemblance to Winston Churchill,
including the fact he smoked cigars and although Lisbon was in neutral
Portugal, it was awash with German Spies.   There is a belief that because
of that, word got back to Germany that Churchill was on this flight and so
it became a target.  We shall never know.

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