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Flight Sergeant Robert Elmer Atkinson

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Flight Sergeant Robert Elmer Atkinson

Birth
Truro, Colchester County, Nova Scotia, Canada
Death
2 Jul 1943 (aged 20)
Chedburgh, St Edmundsbury Borough, Suffolk, England
Burial
Haverhill, St Edmundsbury Borough, Suffolk, England Add to Map
Plot
Sec. U. Grave 148.
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Canadian, Flight Sergeant (Air Gnr.), Royal Canadian Air Force, 620 (R.A.F.) Sqdn. Age: 20. Service No: R/124949. Son of Elmer G. Atkinson and Edith K. Atkinson, of Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada.



214 RAF Squadron's Short Stirling III (#BK724) aircraft collided in mid-air with 620 RAF Squadron's Short Stirling I (#EF394) during a 'fighter affiliation exercise' [this was airborne training for bomber crews, teaching them about enemy attack tactics]. The collision resulted in both Stirling's crashing, with the loss of fifteen of the eighteen airmen on the two aircraft.

When EF394 crashed ¼ mile east of RAF Chedburgh's aerodrome, the entire crew of eight airmen perished. They were-

RAFVR Aircraftman 2nd Class Thomas Alexander McLOUGHLIN,

RFVR Leading Aircraftman Hugh ROONEY,

RAFVR Sergeant Robert George LANCELOTT,

RAFVR Sergeant Roderick Henry RICHARDS,

RAFVR Sergeant Douglas Menzies THOMSON,

RAFVR Sergeant Richard William HEWITT,

RAFVR Sergeant Wilfred Martin COOPEY and

RCAF Flight Sergeant Robert Elmer ATKINSON.

When BK724 crashed, seven airmen perished; three other airmen survived the accident. The casualties were-

RAFVR Aircraftman 1st Class Arthur HAIGH,

RFVR Leading Aircraftman James Alexander MacDONALD,

RAFVR Leading Aircraftman Charles Storey FORSTER,

RAFVR Sergeant William SHEARER,

RAFVR Sergeant Leslie Gordon TURVILLE,

RAFVR Sergeant Ralph Charles YOUNG and

RAFVR Flight Sergeant Thomas CORLESS.

Canadian, Flight Sergeant (Air Gnr.), Royal Canadian Air Force, 620 (R.A.F.) Sqdn. Age: 20. Service No: R/124949. Son of Elmer G. Atkinson and Edith K. Atkinson, of Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada.



214 RAF Squadron's Short Stirling III (#BK724) aircraft collided in mid-air with 620 RAF Squadron's Short Stirling I (#EF394) during a 'fighter affiliation exercise' [this was airborne training for bomber crews, teaching them about enemy attack tactics]. The collision resulted in both Stirling's crashing, with the loss of fifteen of the eighteen airmen on the two aircraft.

When EF394 crashed ¼ mile east of RAF Chedburgh's aerodrome, the entire crew of eight airmen perished. They were-

RAFVR Aircraftman 2nd Class Thomas Alexander McLOUGHLIN,

RFVR Leading Aircraftman Hugh ROONEY,

RAFVR Sergeant Robert George LANCELOTT,

RAFVR Sergeant Roderick Henry RICHARDS,

RAFVR Sergeant Douglas Menzies THOMSON,

RAFVR Sergeant Richard William HEWITT,

RAFVR Sergeant Wilfred Martin COOPEY and

RCAF Flight Sergeant Robert Elmer ATKINSON.

When BK724 crashed, seven airmen perished; three other airmen survived the accident. The casualties were-

RAFVR Aircraftman 1st Class Arthur HAIGH,

RFVR Leading Aircraftman James Alexander MacDONALD,

RAFVR Leading Aircraftman Charles Storey FORSTER,

RAFVR Sergeant William SHEARER,

RAFVR Sergeant Leslie Gordon TURVILLE,

RAFVR Sergeant Ralph Charles YOUNG and

RAFVR Flight Sergeant Thomas CORLESS.


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ALWAYS SMILING
HAPPY AND CONTENT
LOVED AND RESPECTED
WHEREVER HE WENT



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  • Created by: julia&keld
  • Added: Jun 26, 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID:
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/54145909/robert_elmer-atkinson: accessed ), memorial page for Flight Sergeant Robert Elmer Atkinson (11 Apr 1923–2 Jul 1943), Find a Grave Memorial ID 54145909, citing Haverhill Cemetery, Haverhill, St Edmundsbury Borough, Suffolk, England; Maintained by julia&keld (contributor 46812479).