03.11.1942 No. 1484 Flight Oxford I DF536 W/O.2 John J.W. Forster
Operation: Bombing and Gunnery practice
Date: 03rd November 1942
Unit: 1484 Flight
Type: Airspeed Oxford I
Base: RAF Driffield, Yorkshire
Location: At base, RAF Driffield, Yorkshire.
Pilot: W/O 2. John Joseph William Forster R/92075 RCAF Age 29. Killed
Obs: Sgt. Hedley Walter Carter 926380 RAFVR Age 20. Killed
Obs: Sgt. Francis John Faye 1529983 RAFVR Age 22. Killed (1)
REASON FOR LOSS:
Almost immediately after taking off from RAF Driffield at 19.59 hrs on an night Bombing and Gunnery practice the Oxford (2) dived into the ground, killing all those on board.
Although the air accident investigations could not determine the cause of the crash, speculation is that either the practice 'flash' bombs on board exploded or that the starboard engine exploded severing the wing.
Left: Flash Bombs - in this case loaded onto a Mosquito. Right: Oxford
(1) Sgt. Francis John Faye was on detachment from 408 RCAF Squadron.
(2) Anson I DF536 was manufactured by the Standard Motor Co. td and delivered between January and September 1942.
W/O 2. John Joseph William Forster. Driffield Cemetery. Grave 6191. Born on the 26th January 1913. Son of John Charles and Alice Candlish Forster, husband of Theresa Mary Forster, of New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada
Sgt. Hedley Walter Carter. Talbot Village Churchyard (St. Mark). Grave 989. Born in Epsom, Surrey in 1922. Son of Hedley Vicars Carter and Edith Lily Carter, of Wallisdown, Bournemouth, England.
Sgt. Francis John Faye. Brotton Cemetery. Sec.G. Line N. Grave 15. Born in Guisborough district, Yorkshire in 1920. Son of John and Mary Jane Faye, husband of Dorothie Nancie Faye, of Rugby, Warwickshire, England.
Researched and dedicated to Adam Faye, relative of Sgt. Francis Faye and all the relatives of this crew with thanks to Les Allison and Harry Hayward - 'They Shall Grow Not Old’, Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vol's. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Commonwealth War Graves Commission.