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Sergeant Frank Gillard

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Sergeant Frank Gillard

Birth
Death
21 Aug 1942 (aged 20–21)
Chipping Norton, West Oxfordshire District, Oxfordshire, England
Burial
Hinderwell, Scarborough Borough, North Yorkshire, England
Plot
Row B3W. Grave 17.
Memorial ID
165236764 View Source

1942 September Quarter death-
Name: Gillard, Frank---Age: 20
District: Chipping Norton (Volume & Page: 3a & 1467)

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: Air Gunner
Service No: 1107618
Age: 20
Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Division: #15 Operational Training Unit [RAF Harwell]

Son of James and Lily Gillard of Hinderwell, Yorkshire, England.

1942 September Quarter death-
Name: Gillard, Frank---Age: 20
District: Chipping Norton (Volume & Page: 3a & 1467)

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: Air Gunner
Service No: 1107618
Age: 20
Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Division: #15 Operational Training Unit [RAF Harwell]

Son of James and Lily Gillard of Hinderwell, Yorkshire, England.

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