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Sergeant John MacDonald Rankin

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Sergeant John MacDonald Rankin

Birth
Queensland, Australia
Death
21 Aug 1942
Chipping Norton, West Oxfordshire District, Oxfordshire, England
Burial
Little Rissington, Cotswold District, Gloucestershire, England
Plot
Plot South. Row E. Grave 3.
Memorial ID
108699315 View Source

1942 September Quarter death-
Name: Rankin, John M.---Age: 25
District: Chipping N. (Volume & Page: 3a & 1468)

On 21 Aug 1942 two aircraft, a Vickers Wellington bomber (on a crew night training exercise from #15 Operational Training Unit based at RAF Harwell) and an Airspeed Oxford trainer (on a pilot training flight from #6 Advanced Flying Unit based at RAF Little Rissington), collided in mid-air near Chipping Norton in Oxfordshire. Both aircraft were destroyed in the accident; and the two airmen on the Oxford and the six airmen on the Wellington all perished.
The crew aboard the Oxford Airspeed Mark 11 serial No T1339 that night were:
RAFVR Sergeant Stanley Edmund DOWNS and
RAAF Sergeant John MacDonald RANKIN.

The crew aboard Wellington T2557 were:
RAFVR Sergeant Noel Francis BOXWELL,
RAFVR Sergeant Frank GILLARD,
RAFVR Sergeant Malcolm Stevenson HAYNES,
RAFVR Pilot Officer Alan MacDonald HENDERSON,
RAFVR Sergeant Patrick O'BRIEN and
RAFVR Pilot Officer Albert Wyndham STILWELL.

Military Service:-
Rank: Sergeant
Trade: Pilot (Under Training)
Service No: 411829
Age: 25
Service: Royal Australian Air Force
Division: #6 Advanced Flying Unit (RAF Little Rissington)

Son of Donald Stephen and Ruby Augusta Rankin of Longueville, New South Wales, Australia.
John McDonald Rankin's name is located at panel 129 in the Commemorative Area at the Australian War Memorial.

1942 September Quarter death-
Name: Rankin, John M.---Age: 25
District: Chipping N. (Volume & Page: 3a & 1468)

On 21 Aug 1942 two aircraft, a Vickers Wellington bomber (on a crew night training exercise from #15 Operational Training Unit based at RAF Harwell) and an Airspeed Oxford trainer (on a pilot training flight from #6 Advanced Flying Unit based at RAF Little Rissington), collided in mid-air near Chipping Norton in Oxfordshire. Both aircraft were destroyed in the accident; and the two airmen on the Oxford and the six airmen on the Wellington all perished.
The crew aboard the Oxford Airspeed Mark 11 serial No T1339 that night were:
RAFVR Sergeant Stanley Edmund DOWNS and
RAAF Sergeant John MacDonald RANKIN.

The crew aboard Wellington T2557 were:
RAFVR Sergeant Noel Francis BOXWELL,
RAFVR Sergeant Frank GILLARD,
RAFVR Sergeant Malcolm Stevenson HAYNES,
RAFVR Pilot Officer Alan MacDonald HENDERSON,
RAFVR Sergeant Patrick O'BRIEN and
RAFVR Pilot Officer Albert Wyndham STILWELL.

Military Service:-
Rank: Sergeant
Trade: Pilot (Under Training)
Service No: 411829
Age: 25
Service: Royal Australian Air Force
Division: #6 Advanced Flying Unit (RAF Little Rissington)

Son of Donald Stephen and Ruby Augusta Rankin of Longueville, New South Wales, Australia.
John McDonald Rankin's name is located at panel 129 in the Commemorative Area at the Australian War Memorial.


Inscription

INTROIBO AD ALTARE DEI:
AD DEUM, QUI LAETIFICAT
JUVENTUTEM MEAM.
["I will go to the altar of God:
To God, the joy of my youth."]


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