27.10.1943 No. 11 OTU Wellington Ic R1790 Fl/Sgt. S.C. Corby
Date: 27th October 1943 (Wednesday)
Unit: No. 11 OTU (Operational Training Unit)
Type: Wellington IC
Base: RAF Westcott, Buckinghamshire
Location: Parrots Field ,Wotton House, Wotton Underwood
Pilot: Fl/Sgt. Sidney Charles Corby NZ/424429 RNZAF Age 23. Killed
Obs: Sgt. Thomas Bayly Tanner NZ/425446 RNZAF Age 24. Killed
Air/Bmr: Sgt. Ronald Leslie Warren 1586065 RAFVR Age 19. Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. John Sydney Buchan 1565131 RAFVR Age 21. Killed
Air/Gnr: Sgt. Blount RAFVR Survived - injured.
REASON FOR LOSS:
Taking off from RAF Westcott tat 19:42 hrs to practise night circuits and landings, after one or two circuits and landings the pilot made another take off at 19:55 hrs but the aircraft was observed to swing 20 degrees to starboard on its climb out, just moments later it crashed into the top of 100 ft. trees at Parrots field, Wotton House about a mile from the airfield and burst into flames.
Units from the Pioneer Corps attended the crash, but little could be done. The rear gunner, Sgt. Blount survived and was treated at Halton hospital.
Fl/Sgt. Sidney Charles Corby. Botley Cemetery (Oxford) Plot I/2. Grave 97. Son of Florence Corby, of Naenae, Wellington, New Zealand. 336 Hours of which 11 were solo on a Wellington.
Sgt. Thomas Bayly Tanner. Botley Cemetery (Oxford) Plot I/2. Grave 96. Son of Jonathan and A. E. Tanner, of Tauranga, Auckland, New Zealand.
Sgt. Ronald Leslie Warren. Twickenham Cemetery. Plot N. Row E. Class B. Grave 33. Son of Charles Alfred and Florence Ada Warren, of Twickenham, England.
Sgt. John Sydney Buchan. Colinton Parish Churchyard (Southern Ext) Sec. P. Grave 25. Son of Gavin Struthers Buchan and Sarah Davidson Buchan, of Edinburgh, Scotland.
For further details our thanks to the following sources shown below. Also to Mrs. S. Game who’s father attended the scene as a member of the Pioneer Corps.