04.07.1942 No. 13 Operational Training Unit Blenheim IV R3912 Sgt. James F. Anderson
Operation: Cross country / low level bombing practice
Date: 4th July 1942 (Saturday)
Unit: No. 13 OTU (Operational Training Unit)
Type: Bristol Blenheim IV
Base: Bicester, Oxfordshire
Location: Pawlett Hams, Somerset
Pilot: Sgt. James Falconer Anderson 591536 RAF Age 20. Killed
Observer: Sgt. Adam Hogg 1552074 RAFVR Age 33. Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Gilbert Ingram McBoyle 1178919 RAFVR Age 21. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
This aircraft took off from Bicester at 09:50 hours on a training cross-country flight.
Shortly before 12:20, eyewitnesses saw the Blenheim in a near vertical dive, entering a large area of whitish cloud which was estimated to have its base at 3,000 to 5,000 feet.
On emerging from cloud, the Blenheim appeared to straighten out but then dived again and crashed resulting in the tragic loss of the three airmen at Pawlett Hams on the East bank of the River Parrett, 4 miles north of Bridgwater, Somerset, England.
Above: No. 13 OTU Blenheims
Above: Blenheim R3912 Crew
Sgt. James Anderson. Edinkillie Parish Churchyard. Plot A.8. Grave 71.5. Son of James and Jean Falconer Anderson, of Dunphail, Scotland.
Sgt. Adam Hogg. Hawick Cemetery (Wellogate) Burghal Portion. Grave 34. Son of Adam and Margaret Hogg, of Hawick, Scotland.
Sgt. Gilbert McBoyle. Bridgwater Cemetery (Quantock Road) . Sec. C. Grave 179. Son of George Ingram McBoyle and Hilda Kate McBoyle, of Fratton, Portsmouth, England.
Researched for relatives of the crew with thanks to sources as quoted. Grave photographs courtesy of Mike Ritchie, Steve Palmer.