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Sgt Stanley Edmund Downs

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Sgt Stanley Edmund Downs

Birth
Death
21 Aug 1942
Chipping Norton, West Oxfordshire District, Oxfordshire, England
Burial
Southall, London Borough of Ealing, Greater London, England
Plot
Sec. Cb. Grave 27
Memorial ID
59219834 View Source

Pilot, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Age: 21. Service No: 1385092. Son of Arthur William and Gladys Downs of Southall.

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.
Division: #6 Advanced Flying Unit [RAF Little Rissington]
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.

Division: #15 Operational Training Unit [RAF Harwell]
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.
(info provided by SJ Hearn)

Pilot, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Age: 21. Service No: 1385092. Son of Arthur William and Gladys Downs of Southall.

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.
Division: #6 Advanced Flying Unit [RAF Little Rissington]
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.

Division: #15 Operational Training Unit [RAF Harwell]
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.
(info provided by SJ Hearn)


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