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Sergeant Patrick O'Brien

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Sergeant Patrick O'Brien

Birth
Death
21 Aug 1942
Chipping Norton, West Oxfordshire District, Oxfordshire, England
Burial
Brookwood, Woking Borough, Surrey, England
Plot
22. A. 3.
Memorial ID
17665603 View Source

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: Observer
Service No: 1117104
Age: 27
Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Division: #15 Operational Training Unit [RAF Harwell]

Son of James O'Brien and of Rose O'Brien (née McCourt) of Uddingston, Lanarkshire, Scotland.
Sergeant O'Brien had a MA honours degree.

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: Observer
Service No: 1117104
Age: 27
Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Division: #15 Operational Training Unit [RAF Harwell]

Son of James O'Brien and of Rose O'Brien (née McCourt) of Uddingston, Lanarkshire, Scotland.
Sergeant O'Brien had a MA honours degree.


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