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10 OTU Abingdon
17.04.1941 No. 10 O.T.U. Whitley V N1494 F/O. Doggett

Operation: Night bombing training

Date: 17th January 1941 (Friday)

Unit: No. 10 OTU (Operational Training Unit)

Type: Whitley V

Serial: N1494

Base: RAF Abingdon, Oxfordshire

Location: Wootton Road, Abingdon, Oxfordshire

Pilot: F/O. Charles William Doggett 42207 RAF Age 28. Killed

Pilot U/T: P/O. William Fullerton 87416 RAFVR Age 27. Killed

Obs U/T: Sgt. Richard Harry Freeman 742673 RAFVR Age 20. Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. H. Jolly RAFVR Survived.

W/Op/Air/Gnr U/T: Sgt. Clifford Roy Kemp 943287 RAFVR Age 23. Killed

Air/Gnr U/T: Sgt. Peter William Reynolds Emmett 909056 RAFVR Age 23. Survived (1)

REASON FOR LOSS:

Taking off from RAF Abingdon, Oxfordshire on a night bombing exercise.

As the evening moved on a snowstorm erupted ad the aircraft crashed at 01:31 hrs at the location stated. The two who survived stated that the aircraft had lost the use of one engine due to icing and that they had jumped from the aircraft escaping with parachutes.

                    

                   

The funeral for F/O. Doggett was held in the Roman Catholic Chursh in Epping and conducted by Father Burgess.

(1) 20 Year old Sgt. Lawrence Thorpe of 78 Squadron piloting a Whitley V T4147 EY-D on an operation to Bremen. Flying out of RAF Middleton St. George, on the 08/09th May 1941. Sgt. Peter Emmett was a member of the 5 crew killed.

           

The grave of the pilot was visited by Aircrew Remembered in June 2013. The words on his gravestone are those from Mozart's Requiem:

Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat eis.
(Grant them eternal rest, Lord, and let perpetual light shine on them)

Burial details:

F/O. Charles William Doggett. Epping Cemetery. R.C. Sec. Grave 26. Son of Frank Hewitt Doggett and Charlotte Doggett, of Epping, husband of Winifred Jane Doggett, of Epping, England.

P/O. William Fullerton. Glasgow Cemetery. Sec H. Grave 747. Son of Alexander and Jane Fullerton, of Newlands, Glasgow, Scotland.

Sgt. Richard Harry Freeman. Islington Cemetery. Sec. Z. Grave 17647. Son of William Arthur and Alice Louise Freeman, of Upper Holloway, London, England.

Sgt. Clifford Roy Kemp. Reepham Cemetery. Row B. Grave 25. Son of Arthur A. Kemp and Agnes F. Kemp, of Gorleston, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England.

(1) Killed at a later date:

Air/Gnr: Sgt. Peter William Reynolds Emmett. Sage War Cemetery. Coll. Grave 5.E. 5-7. Son of William Thomas Jonothan and Ivy Constance Emmett, of Brighton, Sussex, England.

Researched for relatives of the crew with thanks to further information from Pat Minns at 10 OTU website, Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses' Vol. 7, Commonwealth War 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, Michel Beckers, Major Fred Paradie (RCAF) and MWO François Dutil (RCAF) - Paradie Archive (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', Franek Grabowski, 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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