Aviation Research
Vickers Wellington
17 OTU Silverstone 1944
Aviation Research - Documenting the roles and losses of Bomber during WWII in
South Northamptonshire, North East Oxfordshire and North West Buckinghamshire.

HE437  19 May 1943

OS: SP 61377 36055
(Please note that this memorial is on private property,
but can be viewed from an adjacent field with a Public Footpath.)

 
Date:  19 May 1943
Unit:  310 FTU
Type:  Wellington
Serial No.:  HZ437
Operation:  Training
Take Off:  RAF Harwell
Crew (Rank/Name/Number/Buried):
Sgt Sydney Roy Barnes  1317678  Pilot  Bicester Cemetery
P/O Harold Geoffrey Allen Thompson  138393  Nav  Bicester Cemetery
P/O Raymond Kenneth Van Cleaf RCAF  J/17409  W.Op/Air Gnr  Bicester Cemetery
Sgt Robert Allan  555479  Bomb Aimer  Bicester Cemetery
Sgt Edward James Roberts  1292360  Air Gnr    Higham (St Mary) Churchyard
Description: Wellington HZ437 of 310 Ferry Training Unit RAF Harwell suffered a port engine failure during the Training Flight.  After an attempt to line up and land at RAF Turweston, the aircraft overshot, lost height, spun in and crashed near Westbury, Bucks.

 
P/O Raymond Kenneth Van Cleaf RCAF
J/17409  W.Op/Air Gnr 
Aged 21 Remembered with Honour at Bicester Cemetery

Images kindly supplied by Stuart Harlow