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R.A.F. Crest
05.07.1942 No. 1 F.F.T.U. Beaufort I DE121 P/O. Colin Barton

Operation: Ferry flight

Date: 25th July 1942 (Saturday)

Unit: No. 1 RAF. Flight Ferry Training Unit

Type: Beaufort I

Serial: DE121

Base: RAF Lyneham, Wiltshire.

Location: Mousehold Heath, Norwich

Pilot: P/O. Colin William Bidwell Barton NZ/412187 RNZAF Age 25. Killed

Obs: Sgt. Donald Edmund Carpenter 931393 RAFVR Age 22. Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. James Edward Lemon R/92096 RCAF Age 22. Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. Robert George Ephraim Kater R/87959 RCAF Age 21. Killed


No further details are available on this loss and we welcome research from interested parties and or fiends and relatives of the aircrew.

From Eastern Daily Press:

During the first world war Mousehold was used as an aerodrome. The Norwich based company Boulton Paul produced aircraft such as the Sopwith Camel at its Riverside factory and the Royal Norfolk Regiments cavalry training ground was taken over by the Royal Flying Corps.

During the second world war the site was used as a dummy airfield with decoy aircraft to fool German aircraft attacking Norwich. A Beaufort DE121 plane crashed on Mousehold in July, 1942 and another bomber came down in Long Valley in the same year.

Crew graves at Norwich Cemetery - any relative who would like a higher resolution of these we would be happy to send you them free of charge.

Wandsworth Cemetery (courtesy C.W.G.C.)

Burial details:

P/O. Colin William Bidwell Barton. Norwich Cemetery. Sec. 54. Grave 674. Son of Roy Nathaniel and Florence Majory Barton, of Featherston, Wellington, New Zealand.

Sgt. Donald Edmund Carpenter. Wandsworth Cemetery Block 17. Grave 67. Son of Edward and Edith Carpenter, of Tooting, Surrey, England.

Fl/Sgt. James Edward Lemon. Norwich Cemetery. Sec. 54. Grave 26. Son of Arthur Edward and Daisy Gertrude Lemon, of Duncan, British Columbia, Canada.

Fl/Sgt. Robert George Ephraim Kater. Norwich Cemetery. Sec. 54. Grave 25. Son of Robert Kater and of Annie Kater, of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

Researched for relatives / friends of the crew. With thanks to the following: Moominpapa from Norwich, the Eastern Daily Press Norwich, the Commonwealth Graves Commission.

Acknowledgements: Sources used by us in compiling Archive Reports include: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vols. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vols. 1 and 2', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Tom Kracker - Kracker Luftwaffe Archives and Fred Paradie - Paradie Archive (both on this site), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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