07.11.1942 224 Squadron Liberator III FK245 XB:C Flt.Sgt. Crabtree
Date: 7th November 1942 (Saturday)
Unit: 224 Squadron (Coastal Command)
Type: Liberator III
Base: RAF Beaulieu
Location 1 mile short of RAF Beaulieu
Pilot: Flt.Sgt. Kenneth Crabtree 1378372 RAFVR Age 31. Killed
Pilot: Sgt. Ronald Sydney Horsley 1377433 RAFVR Age 31. Killed
Flt.Eng: Sgt. Kenneth Edward Hunt 1274114 RAFVR Age 20. Killed
Nav: Sgt. Arthur William Colston 925920 RAFVR Age 20. Killed
WOp/Air Gnr: Flt.Sgt Eric Simonds Bayley 1057894 RAFVR Age 32. Killed
WOp/Air Gnr: Sgt. Roland William James Harrison 1124085 RAFVR Age 22. Killed
WOp/Air Gnr: Sgt. Henry Rupert Jennings 920231 RAFVR Age 24. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Taking off 08:49 hrs on an Anti-Shipping patrol.
On final approach to RAF Beaulieu the aircraft crashed one mile short from the runway at 19:30 hrs. The Squadron ORB provides no information other than the aircraft crashed on landing and subsequently exploded. No further details as to the cause - are you able to assist?
A interesting and informative video entitled "Discovering WW2 Relics at RAF Beaulieu" has been filmed by Marc Heighway which speaks of Flt.Sgt. Crabtree and Sgt. Hunt along with the history of RAF Beaulieu and what remains today. The video time stamps for the mentions are:
- 5 mins 17 seconds
- 7 mins 45 seconds
- 15 mins 46 seconds
Left and middle: Images of grave markers for Flt.Sgt. Crabtree and Sgt. Hunt courtesy of Marc Heighway; right: marker for Sgt Jennings courtesy Steve Hunnisett.
Flt.Sgt. Kenneth Crabtree. Boldre Churchyard (St John). Row 1, Grave 4. Son of Frank Crabtree and Rose Olive Crabtree of Bingley, Yorkshire. Husband of Ida Crabtree of Bingley, Yorkshire, England. Grave inscription reads: "Rest In Peace".
Sgt. Ronald Sydney Horsley. Coulsdon Churchyard (St John). Grave 538. Husband of Ethel Horsley and father of Malcolm and Anne of Tollers Lane, Old Coulsdon, Surrey, England.
Sgt. Kenneth Edward Hunt. Boldre Churchyard (St John). Row 1, Grave 2. Born in the 2nd quarter of 1922 in Camberwell, Greater London. Son of Edward and Dorothy Lilian olive (née Jury) Hunt of Camberwell, Greater London, England. His mother predeceased him in 1935. Brother to Pamela Dorothy (née Grady) Hunt (1925-1997).
Sgt. Arthur William Colston. Bristol Cemetery (Arnos Vale). Plot RR, Grave 760. Son of William and Clara Colston of Southville, Bristol, England.
Flt.Sgt Eric Simonds Bayley. Manchester Southern Cemetery, Section S. C of E, Grave 5973. Son of George Henry and Martha Florence Bayley of Manchester. Husband of Ida Bayley of Higher Crumpsall, Manchester, England.
Sgt. Roland William James Harrison. Burnley Cemetery, Grave A 10305. Born on the 18th September 1920 in Burnley, Lancashire. Son of William Harold and Clara (née Pilkington) Harrison and husband to Doris (née Thornber) Harrison from Burnley, Lancashire, England.
Sgt. Henry Rupert Jennings. Charlton Cemetery, Greenwich. Section S (2nd Cons.) Grave 599. Son of Henry Hough Jennings and Eva Florence Jennings of Greenwich, London, England.
Researched by Steve Hunnisett for Aircrew Remembered - April 2019 and dedicated to the relatives of this crew. Thanks to Marc Heighway for the grave marker images for Flt.Sgt. Crabtree, Sgt. Hunt and for the link to his RAF Beaulieu video. (Oct 2020).