03.05.1940 No. 53 Squadron Blenheim IV L9329 TE-L P/O. John L.G. Butterworth
Date: 03rd May 1940 (Friday)
Unit: No. 53 Squadron
Type: Blenheim IV
Base: Metz Airfield, France
Location: Hornisgrinde, Germany
Pilot: P/O. John Leslie Gilbert Butterworth 40798 RAF Age 21. Killed
Obs: Sgt. Maurice George Arthur Pearce 565936 RAF Age 24. Killed (1)
W/Op/Air/Gnr: AC2. Robert Arthur Wood 624992 RAF Age ? Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Took off from airfield at Metz at 20.30 hrs on a reconnaissance sortie over the Ruhr.
The Blenheim failed to return and is understood to have been shot down near Hornisgrinde, Germany at around 21:00 hrs killing all three crew.
We understand that German locals have erected a memorial to this crew in 2006 in the village of Seebach, where they were originally buried and also at the crash site on the hill at Hornisgrinde .
(1) The family of Sgt. Maurice Pearce lost another son, 22 year old Cpl. Ronald William Pearce 575901 RAF. Whilst with 461 Squadron Sunderland V PP116 During take off from Milford Haven aircraft started to swing and in the swell started to Porpoise and nosed into the sea. Only casualty.
Researched for the Wimbledon College Roll Of Honour - Aircrew Remembered have offered to provide basic information for the school records. P/O. John Butterworth had been a former pupil.
Originally buried in Seebach - reinterred after war end.
P/O. John Leslie Gilbert Butterworth. Durnbach War Cemetery. Grave 11.E.20. Son of Joseph Leonard and Cicely Ellen Butterworth, of Ewell, Surrey.
Sgt. Maurice George Arthur Pearce. Durnbach War Cemetery. Grave 11.E.21. Son of Arthur and Florence Ellen Pearce, of Botesdale, Suffolk, husband of Kathleen Marjorie Blackwell Pearce.
AC2. Robert Arthur Wood. Durnbach War Cemetery. Grave 11.E.19. No further details, are you able to assist?
Cpl. Ronald William Pearce. Redgrave Churchyard (St. Mary) Husband of Cavell Lorraine Pearce, of Black's Harbour, Charlotte Co., New Brunswick, Canada. Parents as shown above.
Researched for the Wimbledon College Roll Of Honour. For further details our thanks to the sources shown below.