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Flying Officer William George Laut

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Flying Officer William George Laut

Birth
Bracebridge, Muskoka District Municipality, Ontario, Canada
Death
16 Nov 1942 (aged 20–21)
Pitsea, Basildon District, Essex, England
Burial
Dishforth, Harrogate Borough, North Yorkshire, England
Plot
Plot 39
Memorial ID
54573743 View Source

Flying Officer (Air Obs.)426 Sqdn. Royal Canadian Air Force. Service no. J/11807. from Bracebridge, Ontario. Aged 21. Son of Wallace and Elizabeth Laut, of Bracebridge, Ontario, Canada.

Although a member of 426 Squadron on this occassion William Laut was with the 425 Squadron Wellington III BJ894 KW-K Training Crashed 1930, during the course of a Bulls Eye exercise,on Marshes near Canvey Island, Essex. He was not buried with the other casualties of the crash but at Dishforth Cemetery, Yorkshire.

One report states: ‘flew down the length of Long Road, engine ablaze and crashed and burned so fiercely at the end of Northwick Road, that when the bodies were recovered the pennies in their pockets had melted and fused to the bones. These guys are buried in Sutton Road Cemetery in Southend.'

Another states: ‘…as far as I can make out, the Wellington bomber was on a routine training flight when a German night fighter, which was on the prowl over the Thames area caught it. It flew along the length of Long Road all ablaze and eventually came down on the opposite bank of the creek at the end of Northwick Road. This is now where Pitsea tip is, I imagine.'

Flying Officer (Air Obs.)426 Sqdn. Royal Canadian Air Force. Service no. J/11807. from Bracebridge, Ontario. Aged 21. Son of Wallace and Elizabeth Laut, of Bracebridge, Ontario, Canada.

Although a member of 426 Squadron on this occassion William Laut was with the 425 Squadron Wellington III BJ894 KW-K Training Crashed 1930, during the course of a Bulls Eye exercise,on Marshes near Canvey Island, Essex. He was not buried with the other casualties of the crash but at Dishforth Cemetery, Yorkshire.

One report states: ‘flew down the length of Long Road, engine ablaze and crashed and burned so fiercely at the end of Northwick Road, that when the bodies were recovered the pennies in their pockets had melted and fused to the bones. These guys are buried in Sutton Road Cemetery in Southend.'

Another states: ‘…as far as I can make out, the Wellington bomber was on a routine training flight when a German night fighter, which was on the prowl over the Thames area caught it. It flew along the length of Long Road all ablaze and eventually came down on the opposite bank of the creek at the end of Northwick Road. This is now where Pitsea tip is, I imagine.'

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  • Created by: Janet Penn
  • Added: 6 Jul 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 54573743
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/54573743/william-george-laut: accessed ), memorial page for Flying Officer William George Laut (1921–16 Nov 1942), Find a Grave Memorial ID 54573743, citing Dishforth Cemetery, Dishforth, Harrogate Borough, North Yorkshire, England; Maintained by Janet Penn (contributor 47208565).