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05.12.1941 No. 20 O.T.U. Wellington I L4348 Fl/Sgt. Goss

Operation: Training - navigation exercise

Date: 5th December 1941 (Friday)

Unit: No: 20 Operational Training Unit

Type: Wellington I

Serial: L4348

Base: RAF Lossiemouth, Scotland

Location: Strathy Point, Sutherland, Scotland.

Pilot: Fl/Sgt. Harold Sidney Douglas Goss 742058 RAFVR Age 22. Killed

Obs: Sgt. Anthony Richard McCoy 1166019 RAFVR Age ? Killed

Obs: Sgt. Alfred Flint 1163046 RAFVR Age 28. Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Malcolm Edward Kent AUS/404470 RAAF Age 23. Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Allan James Wilson NZ/404111 RNZAF Age 20. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

Wellington on a navigation training exercise when on the homeward bound trip the crew called at 15:14 hrs with no reported problem.

The aircraft was then seen by another 20 OTU Wellington in flames on the ground at 16:42 hrs. The time of the accident is recorded as 16:00 hrs and no reason for the accident was provided to the relatives.

Some sources state that icing was the cause of loss of control and accident, although no evidence has been found of this.

Crash site today - if you visit, take nothing and remember that people died here, leave a thought to the crew (courtesy Gary Nelson)

Burial details:

Fl/Sgt. Harold Sidney Douglas Goss. Watford Cemetery. Sec. K. Uncons. Row 2. Grave 801. Son of Sidney James Goss and Gladys Lilian Goss, of Watford, England. Husband of Denise Doreen Goss.

Sgt. Anthony Richard McCoy. Wick Cemetery. Sec O. Grave 417. N.o.K details not currently available.

Sgt. Alfred Flint. Braunstone Church. Leicestershire. Son of Harry and Lilla Evelyn Flint, of Bushby, England.

Sgt. Malcolm Edward Kent. Wick Cemetery. Sec O. Grave 436. Son of Edward George and Ann Kent, of Gregg street, Roma, Queensland, Australia. Miss Z.E. Hammett 22 Staple Street West End Townsville Queensland.

Sgt. Allan James Wilson. Wick Cemetery. Sec O. Grave 439. Son of Herbert and Jean Geraldine Wilson, of Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand.

Researched for relatives/friends of the crew. With thanks to the following: Gary Nelson ‘Crash Sites Visited, Gordon Lyons - 'Air Crash sites, Scotland’. Other sources as quoted below.

We welcome contact from relatives of the crew on this loss with further information

KTY 02.03.2016 New photos added courtesy Gary Nelson

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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