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
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)
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.