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19.05.1942 No. 15 Squadron Stirling I W7523 LS-C Sgt. Albert Douglass

Operation: Air test

Date: 19th May 1942 (Tuesday)

Unit: No: 15 Squadron

Type: Stirling 1

Serial: W7523

Code: LS-C

Base: RAF Wyton, Cambridgeshire

Location: Graveley, Cambridgeshire

Pilot: Sgt. Albert Douglass 1172873 RAFVR Age 31. Killed

Obs: Sgt. Reginald James Sharp 615021 RAF Age 22. Killed

Fl/Eng: Sgt. David Winston Lewis 526313 RAF Age ? Killed

Air/Bmr: P/O. Lionel Adrian B. Hack RAFVR Age 25. Injured

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. Norman Frank Payne 747828 RAFVR. Age 26. Killed

Air/Gnr: Norman Frank Payne 747828 RAFVR Age 26. Killed

Air/Gnr: Sgt. Harold Vincent Edmonds 905875 RAFVR Age 28. Killed

Air/Gnr: Sgt. Noel Cash 1058309 RAFVR. Age ? Killed

Air/Gnr: A.C.2. Thomas Arthur Edwards 1429094 RAFVR Age ? Killed

Elect: EL2C. Charles Evans Woodhouse USAAF Injured (1)


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REASON FOR LOSS:

This Stirling took off from RAF Wyton, Cambridgeshire on an air test and very shortly afterwards crashed at 12.15 hrs. north east of Graveley, Cambridgeshire apparently due to engine failure.

The aircraft collided with trees bordering a road. The aircraft rolled onto it's back shortly afterwards.

Left: Sgt. Albert Douglass (courtesy Jasmin Reeve)

P.O. Hack recovered from his injuries (died in Cuckfield Sussex, December 1973) but the American aircraft electrician, EL2C. Woodhouse attached to the RAF died the following day at RAF Hospital Wyton, Huntingdonshire.

Air Gunner for Stirling W7523 Sgt. Harold Vincent Edmonds and under inspection by 'Mum' - Grandma also looking out?

Sgt. Harold Vincent Edmonds with 'Mum and Dad'.

Sq/Ldr Wilson, shown forth from the left and his crew. Sgt. Noel ‘Ginger’ Cash is second from the right, P/O. Shivdiv Singh his co-pilot shown fifth from left. Sq/Ldr. Wilson was killed returning from an operation a few weeks earlier on the 11th April 1942. Stirling I N3703 LS-Q.

P/O. Shivdiv Singh returned to India as a fighter pilot flying Hurricanes. He survived the war, later becoming Air Vice Marshal of the Indian Air Force - involved with the 1971 Indian Pakistan war. He died in January 1994.

Sgt. Noel Cash 1058309 trained at 11 OTU in Bassingbourn as an Air Gunner. We have shown him during his training, together with the surnames of others who trained with him in order that other relatives of these trainees may like a higher definition of this photograph. He is shown rear row, first left.

Front row: Sgt’s. Penman, Rogers, Wing, Clarke, Burridge, Smith, Forgan, Whibley, Butler, Hammond, Smith, Woods, Olrod, Willis, Maple.
2nd Row: Sgt’s. Bretherton, Mahoney, Leggett, Davis, Burns, Currie, Downe, P/O. Weeks, Sgt’s. Smith, Cleary, Ross, Foote, Rains, Davey, Wiles.
3rd Row: Sgt’s. Bridger, Wood, Jenner, Orr, Richards, McGovern, Smith, Hengman, McAllen, Goulding, Galland, Allen, Thomas, Evans, Goodines
4th Row: Sgt’s. Balchin, Arnold, Taylor, Proctor, Hamlyn-Harris, Vinnicombe, Staib, Mogg, Clark, Jones, Lee, Myles, Flint, Elliot, Kilner.
Rear Row: Sgt’s. Cash, Hibberd, Harvey, Knight, Cooke, Chedd, Florence, Scott, Burdon, Abson, Smith, Hewart, Bradbury.

Left and above, Exeter Higher Cemetery, Sgt. Harold V. Edmonds

Burial details:

Sgt. Albert Douglass. Arnold Cemetery Class A. Cons. Grave 1054. Son of Joseph James Douglass and Edith Mary Douglass, husband of Lilian M. Douglass, of West Bridgford, Nottingham, England.

Sgt. Reginald James Sharp. Carshalton Churchyard Sec. S. Grave 174. Son of George and Ethel Sharp. of Carshalton, England.

Sgt. David Winston Lewis. Llanfabon Cemetery Row 27. Grave 16. From Glamorganshire, Wales. Next of Kin details currently not available - are you able to assist completion of these and any other information?

Fl/Sgt. Norman Frank Payne. Southampton Cemetery. Sec.B.6. Grave 157. Son of Frank Norman and Helen Edith Payne, of Shirley, Southampton, England.

Sgt. Harold Vincent Edmonds. Exeter Higher Cemetery Sec.Z.G. Grave 210. Son of Harold Vincent and Annie Edmonds, husband of Violet Joyce Edmonds, Exeter, England.

Sgt. Noel Cash. Broughton Cemetery Sec.A. Row 1. Grave 3. From Broughton, Wales. Next of Kin details currently not available - are you able to assist completion of these and any other information?


Above: Charles Woodhouse (courtesy Linda Fullerton)

(1) EL2C. Charles Evans Woodhouse. Cambridge American Cemetery. Plot F. Row 1. Grave 89. Son of Mrs Viola Fay Woodhouse (née Spitler - died 1983) of 1101 A Avenue, Lawton Comanche County, Oklahoma, USA. Husband of Rose Sarah (née Wesler - died 1997) Born June 17th, 1914. Father of Lawrence Byrne born December 27th 1938 (Killed in car accident in Florida - 28th March 1981). Family originates from Womborne, Staffordshire, England. A civilian attached to 15 Squadron which is why he has no service number.

For Adena Haffecker, niece of Sgt. Harold Vincent Edmonds and dedicated to all the relatives of this crew. With thanks to the following: Adena Haffecker for photo's used, Info from Aircrew Remembered own archives with additional details from Linda Fullerton and Sally Winegar Flaherty for information on Charles Woodhouse. Thanks to Geoffrey Gillon for grave photo of Charles Woodhouse. With thanks also to Jasmin Reeve who contacted us in May 2017 with photo of her Great Grandfather, the pilot, Sgt. Albert Douglass.

KTY 03.06.2015 Additional details added on Charles Woodhouse

KTY 19.05.2017 Pilot photo added

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 and Fred Paradie - Paradie Archive (both on this site), 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', Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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