Flight Sgt (Pilot) 990159 of 158 Squadron, RAF Lissett.
He was killed when the Halifax (LW246) which he was flying crashed at 1600 hrs on 14th September 1943 near Mill Farm at Fordon, with the loss of all on board.
The aircraft had been on a training exercise which involved fighter evasion manoeuvres including steep diving turns. It flew into cloud and was next seen falling with it's port outer wind missing.
The other crew members were:
Flight Engineer -Flight Sgt 1568637 James Hunter RAFVR, 20yrs.
He is buried in Sanquhar Churchyard in Dumfries.
Navigator - Sgt 1389676 Donald Allen Lawson RAFVR, 21yrs,
the son of Simon and Annie Lawson, of Amersham.
He is buried in grave 1710 at Amersham Cemetery, Buckinghamshire.
Bomb Aimer Sgt 1515448 Alexander Thompson RAFVR 21yrs.
the son of Alexander and Francis Mary Thompson, of Norton, Stockton-On-Tees.
He is buried in the south west corner of the old ground at St Mary's Churchyard, Norton, Durham.
Wireless Op/Air Gunner Sgt John George Taylor RAFVR 32yrs.
The son of John and Edith Ellen Taylor, of Heacham and the husband of Edith Mary Taylor.
He is buried in St Mary's churchyard, Heacham, Norfolk.
Air Gunner Sgt 1316582 Albert Thomas Nicholas RAFVR 22yrs.
The son of Thomas Edmun and Blodwen Nicholas, of Nantyglo, Monmouthshire
He is buried in Section 13,Row 35 Grave 20 at Brynmawr Cemetery, Blaenau Gwent, Wales.
Air Gunner Flt Sgt 425205 Howard Charles O'Neill RAAF 26yrs
the son of Charles Howard and May O'Neill, of Normanton, Queensland, Australia.
He is buried in Section C, Row B, Grave 18 at Stonefall Cemetery, Harrogate, North Yorkshire.
There were also two passengers on the aircraft:-
L/AC 1049981 Arthur Nasmith Perrin RAFVR, 21yrs.
The son of Howard Nasmith Perrin and Katharine Meta Fairfax Perrin, of Bristol.
He is also buried in Stonefall Cemetery, Harrogate, North Yorkshire in grave 19, alongside Sgt O'Neill.
Sgt 2040538 Olive Mary "Daphne" Morse of the Meteorological Branch, WAAF,25yrs.
The daughter of Percival Ramey Morse and Olive S. Morse.
She is buried in the north west section of All Saints Churchyard, Witham, Norfolk.
A subsequent established that the bolts holding the outer part of the wing had failed resulting in it falling off.
The enquiry also found that the two passengers on board had not been authorised to be on the aircraft.
(With thanks to the "yorkshire-aircraft.co.uk" site for the details of the crash)
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