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12 OTU  1941

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Date:  19 Aug 1941
Unit:  12 OTU
Type:  Wellington IC
Serial No.:  T2882
Operation:  Training
Take Off:  RAF Chipping Warden
Crew:
Sgt H H Harrington  Injured
Sgt McConnell   
Sgt R Barrie  Injured
F/S J F Bishop  Injured
Sgt C Owen  Injured
Sgt N Parry  Injured
Sgt W Durey  Injured
Description:  Took off from RAF Chipping Warden for a night cross-country.  The aircraft lost power on one engine and while trying to land at Upper Heyford airfield, flew into a tree and crashed at 22:14.(+)  Typically, the crash has gone unreported in unit records, despite indications that practically all on board suffered hurt to one degree or another.
 
 
Date:  5 Sept 1941
Unit:  12 OTU
Type:  Wellington IC
Serial No.:  W5708
Operation:  Training
Take Off:  RAF Chipping Warden
Crew:
Sgt:  L H Hook  754749  Killed  Greenlawn Memorial Park
P/O G L Dames  100550  Killed  Brookwood Military Cemetery
Sgt W H Fagan  RCAF  R/70522  Killed  Brookwood Military Cemetery
Sgt P M Cordy  1282595  Killed  Aston-le-Wells Churchyard 
Description:  Took off from RAF Chipping Warden for night duel training.  The pilot became disorientated, while Banking, and at around 04:00 flew into the ground.(+)  On impact the bomber burst into flames.  Two lie in Brookwood Military Cemetery; Sgt Hook rests at Greenlawn Memorial Park at Chelsham, while Sgt Cordy, from harrow in Middlesex, lies in Aston-le-Wells Roman Catholic Churchyard Northamptonshire. 
 
 
Date:  22 Sept 1941
Unit:  12 OTU
Type:  Wellington IC
Serial No.:  R1233
Operation:  Training
Take Off:  RAF Chipping Warden
Crew:
Sgt W Onions
Description:  Took off from RAF Chipping Warden.  At 16:45, in the vicinity of the airfield, the port engine seized and moments later the propeller came off, striking the fuselage and slicing through hydraulic lines.  This caused the bomb doors to open and with height decaying rapidly, Sgt Onions had little option but to force land.(+)  Subsequently, Sgt Onions went to 103 Squadron and failed to return from Koln on 30-31 May 1942.
 
 
Date:  26 Sept 1941
Unit:  12 OTU
Type:  Wellington IA
Serial No.:  P9226
Operation:  Training
Take Off:  RAF Chipping Warden
Crew:
P/O Seammen  Injured
Description  Took off from RAF Chipping Warden for night flying practice.  The aircraft overshot and crashed at around 20:15, while trying to land.  The crew sustained superficial injuries and their aircraft, which ran into a flare cover, was not too seriously damaged.  However, twenty-four hours later it was struck by another of the unit's Wellingtons and in the ensuing fire, both machines were destroyed.
 
 
Date:  27 Sept 1941
Unit:
Type:  Wellington IC
Serial No.:  X9621
Operation:
Take Off:
Crew:
Description:  Reported to have crashed into Wellington IA P9226, which had overshot the Chipping Warden the previous night.
 
 
Date:  20 Oct 1941
Unit:  12 OTU
Type:  Wellington IC
Serial No.:  R1037
Operation:  Training
Take Off:  RAF Chipping Warden
Crew:
P/O Kenneth Farnes  107977  Killed  Brookwood Military Cemetery
P/O Cecil Harry Hayes  108017  Killed  Malden Churchyard
Sgt Charles Herbert Brumby  Injured
Sgt Ralph  Injured
Description:  Took off from RAF Chipping Warden for night training.  Crashed into the nearby village of Chipping Warden at 23:10 while trying to go around again, bursting into flames.  P/O Farnes played cricket for Cambridge University, the county of Essex and England.  Pilot Officer Hayes was dangerously injured and died at 5 a.m. the next day. 
 
 
Date:  24 Oct 1941
Unit:  12 OTU:  TypeWellington IC
Serial No.:  R1071
Operation:  Training
Take Off:  RAF Chipping Warden
Crew:
Sgt G W Bibby  Injured
Sgt T L Leighton  RAAF  402368  Killed  Brookwood Military Cemetery
Sgt Robinson  Injured
Sgt Coulter  Injured
Sgt McFerran  Injured
Sgt Hankin  Injured
Sgt Colman  Injured
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P/O Cox
W/O Bennett
Sg tSayer
Cpl Mitchell
Ac1 Attack
Ac1 Batty
Ac1 Cox
Ac1 Glover
Ac1 Harris
Ac1 Howard
Description:  Took off from RAF Chipping Warden for a night exercise.  The aircraft came into land at around 23:45, but was at a very low altitude and while turning , steeply, towards the flare path, flew into a hanger and burst into flames.
Crash and Rescue:  Showing a total disregard for their own safety, ten members of the ground staff became involved in a desperate battle to drag the injured airmen from the blazing wreckage.  Without a shadow of doubt, had it not been for their courage, the crew would have stood little chance and the death toll might well have been considerable.  In the event, only Sgt Leighton RAAF perished and his funeral service was held at 11:00 hours on 28 October at Aston-le-Walls Roman Catholic Church, followed by interment in Brookwood Military Cemetery. 
 
 
Date:  23 Dec 1941
Unit:  12 OTU
Type:  Wellington IC
Serial No.:  DV430
Operation:  Training
Take Off:  RAF Chipping Warden
Crew:
Sgt G H Ferguson  Injured
Sgt C L McCallum  RCAF  Injured
Sgt G E Ford  RCAF  Injured
Sgt R H Badland  RNZAF  Injured
Sgt G C Cavanagh  Injured
Description:  Took off from RAF Chipping Warden for night flying practice.  At approximately 04:15, the Wellington flew into the ground.(+)  The crew escaped with relatively minor injuries.