The son of Robert Vernon and Jessie Gladys (nee Hammond) Abbott of 487 Leasowe Road, Moreton.
He was a Ministry of Aircraft Production Civilian Technical Observer on board an RAF Wellington (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 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 in Derbyshire with the loss of all on board.