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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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LAC Berry
07.02.1942 No 1 BFTS AT6A Harvard tragic collision

Operation: Training

Date: 7th February 1942 (Saturday)

Unit: 1 B.F.T.S. (British Forces Training School

Type: AT6A (Advanced trainer Harvard/Texan)

Serial: Not known (1)

Coded: Not known (1)

Location: Willis Point, Texas, U.S.A.

Pilot: L.A.C. Raymond Alan Berry 1332118 R.A.F.V.R. Age 19. Killed

Pilot (2) L.A.C. Leonard George Blower 657849 R.A.F. Age 21. Killed


Killed whilst on L.G. No. 4 course whilst formation flying. The leader of the formation L.A.C. Baguley was placed under arrest on charges of flying outside the prescribed flying area and leading a formation in flying low and unauthorised manoeuvres. However, a summary of evidence was taken and forwarded to Moncton (Canadian Personnel depot) - no details of disciplinary proceedings are available. The last information was that he was commissioned and was an instructor in Canada.


                 L.A.C. Berry and Havard trainer



(1) The Dallas Aviation School hangar where the records were held was destroyed in a fire in 1947 following an aircraft crash and the information that we have managed to collate for this report was very kindly supplied to us from Henry Madgwick, Carolyn Allen Long, Lynnette Nadeau of the City of Tyrell B.F.T.S. Museum. The information supplied to us has, of course, been passed onto the relatives who requested the research.


Grave at Terrell (Oakland) Memorial Park

Burial Details:

L.A.C. Raymond Alan Berry. Terrell (Oakland) Memorial Park R.A.F. Grave No. 5 (2)

Son of John William and Beatrice May Berry, of Norwich, Norfolk, England.

L.A.C. Leonard George Blower. Terrell (Oakland) Memorial Park R.A.F. Grave No. 6

Son of Mr. and Mrs. George T. Blower, of Redfield, Bristol, Gloucestershire, England.

(2) The Commonwealth War Graves Commission have his grave numbered as No. 1 - we have contacted them to advise of the correction and await their findings. This page will be updated as soon as we have heard from them.

With thanks to the B.F.T.S. Museum in Dallas, Texas for supplying a great deal of information for this loss.

Additional research by Kelvin T. Youngs - for a work colleague of his, a relative of L.A.C. Berry

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, Michel Beckers, Major Fred Paradie (RCAF) and MWO François Dutil (RCAF) - Paradie Archive (both on this site), Jean Schadskaje, Major Jack O'Connor USAF (Retd.), 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 CWGC, UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, New Zealand National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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