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05.02.1944 No.26 O.T.U. (Operational Training Unit) Wellington X JA455 Sgt Bowe Location: Fox Covert Wood, Stewkley, Buckinghamshire, England.
Training:

Date: 5th February 1944

Unit: No.26 O.T.U. (Operational Training Unit).

Type: Vickers Wellington X

Serial No: JA455

Base: R.A.F. Wing, Buckinghamshire, England.

Location: Fox Covert, Stewkley Road, Stewkley, Buckinghamshire.

Pupil Pilot: Sgt Edward Townsend Bowe. 423995 R.A.A.F. - Injured.

1st Nav: Sgt J. Corrigan.1459646 – Injured.

2nd Nav: Sgt James Scott Duguid. R/170623 R.C.A.F. - Killed.

Bomb Aimer: F/Sgt William Clifton Kinsman. 427123 R.A.A.F. – Killed.

W/Op: Sgt B. J. O’Hare. 428776 R.A.A.F. – Injured.

A/Gnr: Sgt K. L. Pierce. 1893930 – Unhurt.

REASON FOR LOSS:


Extract from No. 26 OTU (Wing) O.R.B. (Operations Record Book).

The Court of Inquiry found that the main fuel supply cocks had been turned off by the Bomb Aimer when he should have turned on the Nacelle Tanks. Aircraft came down out of fuel into a small wood off Stewkely Road.

(1) Fox Covert Wood Stewkley
Crash site location, Fox Covert, Stewkely Road, Wing, Buckinghamhire. (google earth)


(2) Relics
In 1980s Crash site was located in woodland and small fragments were found littering the surface.
Relics included three complete .303 rounds of ammunition, shattered and burnt perspex, oxygen mask adjustment clip,
a small part of geodetic structure and various other small pieces (Brownless).


(3) Bomb Selector label
Bomb door numbers label (King).


(4) Botley Cemetery
Those who lost their lives now rest in Oxford (Botley) Cemetery.


F/Sgt Kinsman. Plot I/2. Grave 157 Son of George Clifton Kinsman and Lillian Trilby Kinsman, of North Perth, Western Australia.

Sgt Duguid. Plot I/2. Grave 158
Son of James and Agnes Duguid, of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Researched and compiled by Melvin Brownless and David King updated February 2014.

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