Kenneth Radford


Kenneth Radford

Death 12 Jul 1942 (aged 26–27)
Stanley, Erewash Borough, Derbyshire, England
Burial West Kirby, Metropolitan Borough of Wirral, Merseyside, England
Plot C.164
Memorial ID 184438389 View Source
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Pilot Officer (Air Gunner) 123492 RAFVR.

The son of John William and Ada Gertrude (nee Gibbons) Radford of Hoylake and the husband of Freda (nee Stokes) Radford, of Hoylake.

He was killed with the rest of the crew of a Vickers Wellington Mk VI (W5795) which was on a test flight from The Aeroplane and Armament Experimental Establishment, RAF Boscombe Down.
The flight was classed as 'top secret' due to the aircraft being fitted with experimental long range radar and a pressurised cockpit.
During the flight, at about 35000 ft, a propeller blade became detached and tore the pressurised cockpit open. The aircraft broke up in the air and crashed into fields at the village of Stanley.

As well as P/O Radford the crew were:-

Cyril Lancelot Fellowes Colmore aged 29, buried in West Hill Old Cemetery in Winchester.

Flight Sgt Ronald Potts Gillott aged 22.
The son of George Henry and Ethel (nee Potts) Gillott, of Sheffield
buried in Intake Village Cemetery, Sheffield

Flight Sergeant Arthur James Smith aged 23.
The son of Herbert James Smith and Lily ( nee Briscoe) Smith, of Portsmouth.
cremated at Southampton Old Crematorium and commemorated there on Panel 5.

Civilian technical Observer Clifford Vernon Abbott B.Sc. aged 23.
The son of Robert Vernon and Jessie G. (nee Hammond) Abbott, of Moreton, Wirral. 
Buried in Wallasey Cemetery Section 22c, Grave 80
and commemorated on a plaque in Wallasey Town Hall.

They are all commemorated on a memorial plaque in St Andrews churchyard, Stanley.


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