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Vickers Wellington
17 OTU Silverstone 1944
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17 OTU  1945

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Date:  10 Jan 1945
Unit:  17 OTU
Type:  Wellington X
Serial No.:  HE832
Operation:  Training
Take Off:  RAF Turweston
Crew: 
S/L A Mac C Stott Injured
Sgt W J Rose  Injured
Sgt B M Lloyd  Injured
Sgt D A Ottaway 1802652  Killed  Esher (Cobham) Cemetery
Sgt W R Pike 3033009  Killed  Poole (Branksome)  Cemetery
Description:  Took off at 17:20 from RAF Turweston for an evening cross-country exercise.  Whilst emerging from cloud, the crew found themselves in the midst of very heavy snow showers and at 21:30, having failed to see the rising ground beneath, crashed into a hill 670 feet above sea level.(+)  Sgt Ottaway is buried in Esher (Cobham) Cemetery, while Sgt Pike rests at Poole (Branksome) Cemetery.  
 
 
Date:  13-14 Jan 1945
Unit:  17 OTU
Type:  Wellington X
Serial No.:  HE865
Operation:  Training
Take Off:  RAF Silverstone
Crew:
F/S A G Humphrey 1614870  Killed  Chelmsford Cemetery
Sgt G C Edwards 1459369  Killed  Normanton Upper Cemetery
Sgt R Davies 1653083  Killed  Port Talbot Cemetery
Sgt V L Goddard  1895248  Killed  Upavon Cemetery
Sgt W R Askew  1505117  Killed  Coventry (London Rd) Cemetery
Sgt J Done  Injured
Description:  Took off from RAF Silverstone for a night cross-country during which the crew were advised not to land back at base, due to poor visibility.  Whilst trying to locate an airfield in the south of the country, they crashed at around 03:30 into trees on high ground.(+)  Sgt Goddard of Portloe in Cornwall was taken to Upavon Cemetary, while the others who died were claimed by their next of kin.  
 
 
Date:  25 Feb 1945
Unit:  17 OTU
Type:  Wellington X
Serial No.:  HE994
Operation:  Training
Take Off:  RAF Turweston
Crew:
P/O J Creevy
Description:  Took off at 01:13 from RAF Turweston for a night cross-country.  The aircraft climbed to 7,000 feet, at which height the port engine failed.  Having feathered the propeller, the crew attempted to land, at 01:58, at RAF Little Horwood but overshot the runway.  No one was hurt but the Wellington was declared damaged beyond repair.
 
 
Date:  14 Apr 1945
Unit:  17 OTU
Type:  Wellington
Serial No.:  HE852
Operation: 
Take Off:
Crew:
Description:  Turweston Cat ‘B’  
 
 
Date:  15 Apr 1945
Unit:  17 OTU
Type:  Wellington
Serial No.:  NC978
Operation:
Take Off:
Crew:
Description:
 
 
Date:  26 May 1945
Unit:  17 OTU
Type:  Wellington X
Serial No.:  LN445
Operation:  Training
Take Off:  RAF Turweston
Crew:
F/O K G Kelly RAAF  Injured
Sgt F H Ennis  Injured
W/O A C Shankland  Injured
F/O[Air] D W H Furber 183229  Killed  Uley (St Giles) Cemetery
Sgt R C Develin 1901902  Killed  Tramore C of I Churchyard
Description:  Took off from RAF Turweston but at 05:25 the port engine cut and the bomber flew into a tree, crashed and caught fire.(+)  F/O Furber rests in Uley (St Giles) Churchyard, while Sgt Develin  was taken home to Co. Waterford in the Irish Republic and laid to rest at Tramore (Christchurch) Church of Ireland Churchyard.  Those who survived were treated at the Princess Mary’s Hospital at Halton.  
 
 
Date:  28 May 1945
Unit:  17 OTU
Type:  Wellington X
Serial No.:  HE226
Operation:  Training
Take Off:  RAF Turweston
Crew:
W/O E C Cole 1445279  Killed  Harrogate (Stonefall) Cemetery
Sgt J Mann 1810780  Killed  Bells Hill Burial Ground
F/S A J Griffiths 859551  Killed  Kimbolton Churchyard
Sgt J Duncan 1826025  Killed  Edinburgh Cemetery
Sgt H H Rawnsley 809198  Killed  Leeds (Burmantofts) Cemetery
Description:  Took off from RAF Turweston for a cross-country. While flying in total cloud cover the aircraft struck a hill, 1,400 feet above sea level, and crashed around 15:50 at Gill House on Bycliffe Moor near the hamlet of Conistone, 3 miles N from Grassington, Yorkshire.  W/O Cole of Kingswood in Surrey was buried in Harrogate (Stonefall) Cemetary, while his crew were taken to their home towns.  Unusually, two, F/S Griffiths and Sgt Rawnsley, were members of the pre-war Auxiliary Air Force.  It is believed the crew, uncertain of their position (they were 30 miles west of their turning point), had decided to come down through the overcast in the hope of establishing a good pinpoint. Their Wellington, prior to its arriving on the unit on 29 March 1944, had undergone repairs from an accident sustained while at 12 Operational Training Unit on 3 September 1943, Sgt R W Crane RAAF being the pilot.  
 
 
Date:  18 Oct 1945
Unit:  17 OTU
Type:  Hurricane II C
Serial No.:  MW350
Operation:  Ferry
Take Off:  RAF Turweston
Crew
W/O W H Allchin  Injured
Description:  Took off at 14:40 RAF Turweston and set course for Kirkcudbright.  As he flew northwards, weather conditions deteriorated and while trying to establish his position the Hurricane ran out of fuel.  Selecting a suitable field, W/O Allchin made a good approach, but on force-landing at 16:35, his aircraft flipped onto its back.  As it was to prove, he was not far from his intended destination.  
 


 
Date:  18 Jan 1946
Unit:  17 OTU
Type:  Wellington
Serial No.:  LR125
Operation:  Training
Take Off:  RAF Silverstone
Crew:
Sgt Brunning 1585056  Killed  Pinhoe (St Michael) Churchyard
F/O G S Button 166725  Killed  Sittingbourne & Milton Cemetery
F/S W S Kinnair 572774  Killed  Harrogate (Stonefall) Cemetery
Sgt L T Crabb 3025459  Killed  St Stephens-by-Sattash Churchyard
Sgt A F Butler 3033600  Killed  Tottenham & Woodgreen Cemetery
Description:  Took off at 09:50 from RAF Silverstone for cross-country.  Broke up at 10:45, while flying in cloud, and crashed near Corwen, 11 miles NE of Bala, Merioneth.  It is thought likely that the pilot head froze overleading to loss of control.  F/S Kinnair of St John’s Wood, London, was taken to Harrogate (Stonefall) Cemetary, while others were buried in their home towns.  
 
 
Date:  19 Mar 1946
Unit:  16 OTU
Type:  Wellington X
Serial No.:  NC444
Operation:  Training
Take Off:  RAF Silverstone
Crew:
F/O J Oldam  Injured
P/O R C Cripps  Injured
F/O E D Beaumont  Injured
P/O A F Rigby  Injured
Sgt F E Bunning  Injured
Description:  Took off from RAF Silverstone for circuit training, combined with single-engined flying practice.  The aircraft lost power from the starboard engine and while trying to complete the circuit, crashed at 14:14 and caught fire.  This was the last serious incident reported from the unit, which, a year later, was redesignated No.201 Advanced Flying School.