Aviation Research
Vickers Wellington
17 OTU Silverstone 1944
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HE324  17-18 Sept1943

OS: SS 51187 27544
Date:  17-18 Sept 1943
Unit:  17 OTU
Type:  Wellington X
Serial No.:  HE324
Operation:  Training
Take Off:  RAF Silverstone
Crew (Rank/Name/Number/Buried):
F/S N N Dunn RAAF  415315    Heanton Punchardon Cemetery
Sgt J Donnachie 1554638    Cambusnethan Cemetery
P/O H Farrer  RCAF  J/24533    Heanton Puncharndon Cemetery
Sgt R E Dolling  133786    Llanelli Cemetery
Sgt J H Hallam  1819415    Beeston & Stapleford Cemetery
Sgt H A Newnham  RAAF  424305    Heanton Puncharndon Cemetery
Description:  Took off at 23:25 from RAF Silverstone for a night cross-country ('Bullseye') exercise where they would conduct a 'special T.I. (Target Indicator) demonstration'.  1hr 49mins into the exercise control was lost of the aircraft while in cloud, and crashed at 00:54 at East Burton Farm near Horwood, 5 miles SW from Barnstaple, Devon.  
Funeral arrangements for the three Commonwealth members of the crew were handled by RAF Chivenor and their graves are located in Heaton Punchardon (St Augustine) Churchyard.  Sgt Donnarchie was taken to Scotland and Cambusnethan Cemetery, Motherwell and Wishaw, while Welsh born Sgt Dolling rests in LLanelli Church Cemetery.  Sgt Hallam is buried in Beeston and Stapleford (Beeston) Cemetery.