|Death: ||Sep. 6, 1942|
1376686 Sergeant W.Op./Air Gnr Robert Band
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Died age 29
Son of James and Kathrine Band; husband of Phyllis Hilda Band, of Horsell, Woking
In the evening of 5th September 1942 the crew of this aircraft set out from Silloth airfield to carry out a night cross-country navigation exercise with the intended route being Silloth, South Rock, Kish Light Vessel, Skerries and back to Silloth. The weather on this night was poor and low cloud was covering the high ground in the north-west of England. Having become lost and having overshot the low ground area surrounding their base on their return and with the weather almost certainly making
contact with the ground impossible the aircraft flew into Cross Fell around 00.30hrs killing all on board
Pilot - P/O Paul Arthur Bourke RAFVR (116160), aged 28, of Bournemouth. Buried Bournemouth East Cemetery, Hampshire.
Navigator - Sgt John Bumpstead RAFVR (1017138), aged 28, of Darnall, Sheffield. Buried Tinsley Park Cemetery, Sheffield, Yorkshire.
Wireless Operator / Air Gunner - Sgt Ronald William Hewitt RAFVR (1380777), aged ? Buried Solihull, Warwickshire.
Wireless Operator / Air Gunner - Sgt Leslie Thomas Griffin RAFVR (1380956), aged 31, of Kenton. Buried Wembley (Alperton) Burial Ground, London.
Plot: Panel 1.
Created by: Stephen Farnell
Record added: Mar 02, 2013
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