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Date:  15 Jan 1942
Unit:  12 OTU
Type:  Anson I
Serial No.:N5075
Operation:  Training
Take Off:  Chipping Warden
Crew:
F/S R P E North 
Description:  T/o Chipping Warden for a cross-country sortie.  Flew into a snow storm and iced up.  With failing engines an attempt to land was made at Theale Reserve Landing Ground, Berkshire but the Anson overshot the field and in order to avoid running into trees, F/S North ground looped the trainer, damaging the airframe beyond repair.
 
 
Date:  17 Jan 1942
Unit:  12 OTU
Type:  Wellington IC
Serial No.:  R1340
Operation:Training
Take Off:  Chipping Warden
Crew:
Sgt A R Wilson RNZAF  411963  Killed  Brookwood Military Cemetery
Sgt K S Rogers RNZAF  411939  Killed  Brookwood Military Cemetery
F/O J C Huston  89837  Killed  Brookwood Military Cemetery
Description:  T/o Chipping Warden for circuit practice but the starboard engine cut and the Wellington veered violently to starboard, stalled and flew into a tree.  All three airmen lie in Brookwood Military Cemetery.
 
 
Date:  22 Feb 1942
Unit:  12 OTU
Type:  Anson
Serial No.:  AW970
Operation:  Training
Take Off:  Chipping Warden
Crew:
P/O I G Fadden  Injured
P/O Shapiro  Injured
P/O King  Injured
Sgt Innes  Injured
Description:  T/o Chipping Warden for a night navigation exercise.  Crashed, after running out of fuel and being partially abandoned.(+)
 
 
Date:  1-2 Jun 1942
Unit:  12 OTU
Type:  Wellington IC
Serial No.:  T2904
Operation:  Training
Take Off:  Chipping Warden
Crew:
F/L D P Fox
W/O Pavely
Sgt Berry
F/S Whaley
Sgt Marks  Injured
Description:  T/o Chipping Warden.  Returned to base at around 0355 with the starboard engine stopped.  Crashed while attempting to land.  Sgt Marks was not seriously injured.
 
 
Date:  12 Jun 1942
Unit:  12 OTU
Type:  Wellington IC
Serial No.:  Z1177
Operation:  Training
Take Off:  Chipping Warden
Crew:
P/O W P Bolton 112308  Killed  Brookwood Military Cemetery
P/O B J S Vavasour 117144  Killed  Cresswell (St Mary) Churchyard
P/O A J Majury 116416  Killed  Sutton Bridge Churchyard
Sgt J E Counihan 1283564  Killed  Brookwood Military Cemetery
Sgt Mannering  Injured
Description:  T/o Chipping Warden for a night exercise.  Iced up, stalled and spun in at 0200, crashing near Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire.(+)  P/O Bolton, and American from Chicago, Illinois and Sgt Counihan were buried in Brookwood Military cemetery, while the others who perished were taken to their home towns.
 
 
Date:  21-22 Jun 1942
Unit:  12 OTU
Type:  Wellington IC
Serial No.:T2548
Operation:  Training
Take Off:  Chipping Warden
Crew:
Sgt W Connelly 656483  Killed  Abbey Cemetery (Thorn)
Sgt H A Dickinson  Injured
Sgt E L Taylor 912911  Killed  Woodston Cemetery
Sgt F J Tranter 118640  4Killed  Stoke-on-Trent Cemetery
Sgt E Wilde  Injured
Description:  T/o 2137 Chipping Warden for a night cross-country.  On return to base at 0152, the bomber crashed and burst into flames.(+)  Sgt Connelly is buried in Abbey Cemetery, Thorn;  Sgt Taylor rests at Woodston Cemetery, while Sgt Tranter lies at Stoke-on-Trent (Burslem) Cemetery.
 
 
Date:  22 Jun
Unit:  12 OTU
Type:  Wellington IC
Serial No.:  T2835
Operation:  Training
Take Off:  Chipping Warden
Crew:
SgtW S O Randle  Injured
Description:  T/o Chipping Warden for a night flying exercise during which one of the engines shed its propeller, causing a fire to break out.  In the ensuing emergency landing, the Wellington hit a tree and crashed 0158 near Caxton.(+)
 
 
Date:  25-26 Jun 1942
Unit:  12 OTU
Type:  Wellington IC
Serial No.:  R1349
Operation:  Bremen
Take Off:  Chipping Warden
Crew:
F/S A C Wilson 748232  Killed  Bergen op Zoom Cemetery
F/L D P Drussel 43951  Killed  Bergen op Zoom Cemetery
P/O R G Addis 110134  Killed  Bergen op Zoom Cemetery
F/S D W Taylor 755137  Killed  Bergen op Zoom Cemetery
F/S F J Golightly 969407  Killed  Runnymede Memorial
Description:  T/o Chipping Warden.  Presumed crashed into the sea off the Dutch coast.
 
 
Date:  25-26 Jun 1942
Unit:  12 OTU
Type:  Wellington IC
Serial No.:  R1410  KX-M
Operation:  Bremen
Take Off:  Chipping Warden
Crew:
Sgt J T Shapcott 1272432  Killed  Runnymede Memorial
P/O P Morris 117480  Killed  Texel (12 Jul 1942)
Sgt R H Smith 1065715  Killed  Ameland (NES) General Cemetery
Sgt F R West RNZAF 411797  Killed  Runnymede Memorial
Sgt L R Elvin 1378958  Killed  Runnymede Memorial
Description:  T/o Chipping Warden.  Crashed in the North Sea, it is thought off the Dutch Frisian Islands chain.
 
 
 
Date:  25-26 Jun 1942
Unit:  12 OTU
Type:  Wellington IC
Serial No.:  Z8800
Operation:  Bremen
Take Off:  Chipping Warden
Crew:
Sgt W J Bagley
Sgt Keane
P/O Morrison
Sgt Gowan
Sgt Dinsdale
Description:  T/o Chipping Warden.  Hit by flak, which damaged the fuel tanks.  At approximately 0540, when some 25 miles off Cromer, Norfolk, the crew were obliged to ditch.  All were picked up, unharmed, by a minesweeper.
 
 
Date:  25-26 Jun 1942
Unit:  12 OTU
Type:  Wellington IC
Serial No.:  DV951
Operation:  Bremen
Take Off:  Chipping Warden
Crew:
F/O E J Cooper  POW
W/O C H Homer  POW
F/S L W Chatterton  POW
Sgt A P Read  Injured
W/O H J Camden  POW
Description:  T/o Chipping Warden.  Believed shot down by Oblt Herbert Lutje, III./NJG1 at 0058, shortly after bombing, near Wietmarschen.  Sgt Read sustained wounds to his stomach, lungs and head and these proved fatal (although he was admitted to the Krankenhaus at Lingen (Ems)).  He is buried in the Reichwald Forest War Cemetery.  W/O Homer and F/S Chatterton were also wounded, though F/S Chatterton's injuries are described as "slight". 
 
 
Date:  26 Jul 1942
Unit:  12 OTU
Type:  Wellington III
Serial No.:  Z1750
Operation:  Training
Take Off:  Chipping Warden
Crew:
F/ST J Pugh
W/OM P Murray
Description:  T/o Chipping Warden to practice feathering procedures.  Soon after commencing the exercise the starboard engine was shut down but when it came to re-starting the motor, no response was forthcoming.  Losing height, the bomber crash-landed 1120.(+)  Neither pilot was hurt but their Wellington was destroyed by fire.  It was the first of its Mark to be written off at a Bomber Command Operational Training Unit.
 
 
Date:  28 Aug 1942
Unit:  12 OTU
Type:  Wellington III
Serial No.:  BJ726
Operation:  Training
Take Off:  Chipping Warden
Crew:
Sgt I S McLennan RAAF  Injured
Sgt Akehurst  Injured
Sgt Palmer  Injured
Sgt Conville
Sgt Wright  Injured
Description:  T/o 1205  Chipping Warden fro flying practice.  Flying between 400 and 500 feet, the starboard engine failed and a force-landing was made, a fire breaking out soon after.(+)  Sgt Palmer and Sgt Wright, the latter suffering from a broken nose, were admitted to Rugby St Cross Hospital.  It is not thought that any had sustained life threatening injuries.
 
 
 
Date:  16 Sept 1942
Unit:  12 OTU
Type:  Wellington III
Serial No.:  BJ728
Operation:  Training
Take Off:  Chipping Warden
Crew:
Sgt R G McCarthy RNZAF  415072  Killed  Little Rissington Churchyard
Sgt W J Ferguson 1387312  Killed  Little Rissington Churchyard
Sgt D G W Arnold 1200938  Killed  Drybrook Churchyard   
Sgt J F S Ritchie 1365387  Killed  Cumbusnethan Cemetery
Sgt A Lyon RCAF  Injured
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Mr Roberts
Description:  T/o Chipping Warden for a night navigation exercise.  At around 0610, while over the town of Conway in Caernarvonshire, the starboard engine failed.  A course for base was set but just over an hour later, the pilot announced he was going to make a precautionary landing at Little Rissington in Gloucestershire.  However, soon after entering the circuit, the port engine faltered and at 0710 the Wellington came down at, Milton-under-Wychwood and burst into flames.(+)
Crash and rescue:  A civilian clerk, working near the scene of tail gunner, Sgt Lyons RCAF, lying amidst the wreckage of the rear of the fuselage and pulled him clear.  Apparently, he (Sgt Lyon) had been trying to find his colleagues trapped in the shattered aeroplane.  Suffering from second degree burns, the young Canadian was taken to SSQ Little Rissington and thence by air ambulance to Princess Mary's Hospital, Halton.  Sgt McCarthy RNZAF and Sgt Ferguson rest in Little Rissington (St Peter) churchyard, while Sgt Arnold (he was a schoolmaster) and Sgt Richie were taken to their home towns.
 
 
 
Date:  16-17 Sept
Unit:  12 OTU
Type:  Wellington III
Serial No.:BJ730
Operation:  Essen
Take Off:  Chipping Warden
Crew:
F/L M B Mallet 41939  Killed  Eindhoven General Cemetery
Sgt J H Evans 1048732  Killed  Eindhoven General Cemetery
Sgt S C Wedgewood Killed  Eindhoven General Cemetery
Sgt V F Vinnicombe 1188483  Killed  Groesbeek
Sgt J L La Bossiere RCAF  Killed  Groesbeek
Description:  T/o Chipping Warden.  Intercepted by a night-fighter and sent down to crash in a swimming pool at Veldhoven, Holland.  Their eta at Essen had been scheduled for 2220.
 
 
Date:  16-17 sept 1942
Unit:  12 OTU
Type:  Wellington III
Serial No.:  BJ730
Operation:  Essen
Take Off:  Chipping Warden
Crew:
WO2 C W Hall  RCAF R/74348  Killed  Rheinberg War Cemetery
Sgt D C Marsh 1384344  Killed  Rheinberg War Cemetery
P/O F J adams 117416  Killed  Rheinberg War Cemetery
Sgt N Whitfield 1115657  Killed  Rheinberg War Cemetery
Sgt G M Caldwell  RCAF R/127719  Killed  Rheinberg War Cemetery
Description:  T/o Chipping Warden scheduled to reach the target by 2222.  Eighteen year old Sgt Marsh was the stepson of Wilfred Charles Girdler of Ashtead in Surrey.
 
 
Date:  26 Sept 1942
Unit:  12 OTU
Type:  Wellington III
Serial No.:  BJ697
Operation:  Training
Take Off:  Chipping Warden
Crew:
F/S K S H Bird  Injured  Cliddesden Churchyard (29 Sept 1942)
Sgt W D Barr  Injured
Sgt W A Fairweather  Injured
Sgt J Head  Injured
Description
T/o Chipping Warden for a night cross-country.  Reported to have flown into high ground at 0030 in the Black Mountains.(+)  F/S Bird succumbed to his injuries on 29 Sept;  he is buried in Cliddesden (St Leonard) Churchyard.
 
 
Date:  1 Oct 1942
Unit:  12 OTU
Type:  Wellington III
Serial No.:  BJ692
Operation:  Training
Take Off:  Chipping Warden
Crew:
Sgt R A Williams
Description:  T/o Chipping warden for night flying.  Shortly before 0005, the port engine began to vibrate, quite alarmingly, and when an explosion ocured in the exhaust system, the motor cut completely.  An emergency landing was made on Wheaton Aston Relief Landing Ground but before coming to a stop, the Wellington ran into Oxford I EB720 belonging 10 11 (Pilots) Advanced Flying Unit, wrecking both aircraft.
 
 
Date:  9 Nov 1942
Unit:  12 OTU
Type:  Wellington III
Serial No.:  Z1731
Operation:  Training
Take Off:  Chipping Warden
Crew:
F/S W J Lovejoy 1376578  Killed  Runnymede Memorial
Sgt W J Brown 1321471  Killed  Runnymede Memorial
Sgt F J Frayne 1271712  Killed  Runnymede Memorial
Sgt W A Smith 1325041  Killed  Runnymede Memorial
Sgt R Walker 1147944  Killed  Runnymede Memorial  
Description:  T/o Chipping Warden for a night navigation exercise.  Last heard on the wireless at 0128.  All are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.
 
 
Date:  22 Nov 1942
Unit:  12 OTU
Type:  Wellington III
Serial No.:  BK261
Operation:  Training
Take Off:  Chipping Warden
Crew:
Sgt R H Church 1272476  Killed  Colney (St Andrew) Churchyard
Sgt H W S Bristow 1337646  Killed  Brookwood Cemetery
Sgt F P Nettleton 1452530  Killed  Wakefield Cemetery
Sgt T W Haver 1293324  Killed  Dagenham Cemetery
Sgt B Hillberg 1410534  Killed  Barry Burial Ground
Description:  T/o Chipping Warden for night bombing.  While flying at 5000 feet, the photoflash exploded in the flare 'chute, the effect of the blast being sufficient to cause structural failure and at 2330 debris fell at Shotteswell a Warwickshire village close to the border with Oxfordshire and about 4 miles NNW from the centre of Banbury.  All were buried in various United Kingdom cemeteries.
 
 
Date:  1 Dec 1942
Unit:  12 OTU
Type:  Wellington III
Serial No.:  BK250
Operation:  Training
Take Off:  Chipping warden
Crew:
Sgt B F McMurchy
Sgt H Walters  Injured  Middlesbrough Cemetery (2 Dec 1942)
Sgt E T J O'Donoghue  Injured  Banbury Cemetery (2 Dec 1942)
F/S D J Phillips  RCAF  Injured
Sgt G A Hutchinson   Injured
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F/O Gaudin   
Description:  T/o Chipping Warden in a strong cross-wind and within moments the Wellington had swung out of control and was heading towards the fire tender bay.  Somehow, Sgt McMurchy RCAF managed to avoid a group of civilian workers, but he was unable to prevent his aircraft from hurtling, at speed, into control tower.  With its momentum barely diminished, the bomber ran over a civilian owned car before finishing up against one the the hangers, where it began to burn with some intensity.
Crash and Rescue:  An assistant Medical Officer, was quickly on the scene, preceded by the Station Medical Officer (unnamed), and along with the Dental Officer and nursing staff, commenced giving first aid to the more severely injured.  The crew were dragged to safety, though two sustained very severe burns.  Subsequently, following local treatment, they were taken by ambulance to Horton general Hospital, along with two other members of crew who were not quite so badly injured.  A WAAF (unnamed), who had been on duty in the Control Tower, was also admitted to the same hospital, having suffered burns to her face, hands and legs.  Not surprisingly, she was also in a severe state of deep shock.  Later a civilian worker was also taken to Horton General Hospital with an incised facial injury.  Very sadly, two of the aircrew died the next day;  Sgt Walters and Sgt O'Donoghue.  The former was taken to Middlesbrough (Aklam) Cemetery, the latter to nearby Banbury Cemetery.  It is further indicated that two civilians perished, struck down near the hanger before they could make good their escape.  It is thought that around twenty-four persons were hurt. 
 
 
Date: 11 Dec 1942
Unit:  12 OTU
Type:  Wellington III
Serial No.:  BK243
Operation:  Training
Take Off:  Turweston
Crew: 
Sgt R B Lapsley RNZAF  416122  Injured  Banbury Cemetery (12 Dec 1942)
F/S D H Fryer  Injured  High Wycombe Cemetery (11 Dec 1942)
Sgt M H Pierson  Injured
Sgt P H Sharpe  Injured
Sgt G A Furste RCAF  Injured
Sgt J R Nash  Injured
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LAC Chapman
LAC Hansford
LAC B V Icke
LAC D L Jenkins
Description:  T/o Turweston for a night exercise.  Crashed while flying a low curcuit, having broken out of cloud, described as having a base between a thousand and 200 feet.  Sgt Furste was an American serving with the RCAF;  he was very seriously injured.
Crash and rescue:  These four airman were soon on the scene and equipped with crowbars and metal cutting sheers they set about freeing the trapped crew.  Two, the pilot and F/S Fryer, were in a critical state and F/S Fryer (it is believed) died at the scene.  He is buried in High Wycombe Cemetery, though, it is noted that his parents address is given as Freshwater on the Isle of Wight.  Sgt Lapsley RNZAF was taken to Northampton General Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries the next day; he rests in Banbury Cemetery,  Later the Station Commander at Turweston complimented on the four airmen, principally involved in the rescue, for their prompt action.