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 (6 Group)
Type: Wellington I
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 22. 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 with weather conditions described as clear, with broken cloud. 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.
Sgt. Anthony Richard McCoy rear row, 2nd from right. Thought to have been taken during training. (Courtesy Louise Rennie)
Crash site today - if you visit, "take nothing" and remember that people died here, leave a thought to the crew (courtesy Gary Nelson)
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. Born in Birkenhead, Liverpool, England, the son of Alfred and Edith McCoy, thought to be from Dublin, Eire. His father Alfred was a merchant seaman during the war serving mainly on the Queen Elizabeth but also the Queen Mary.
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. A total of 46 flying hours logged.
Researched for relatives/friends of the crew. With thanks to the following: Gary Nelson ‘Crash Sites Visited, Gordon Lyons - 'Air Crash sites, Scotland’. Also thanks to Paul Curtis and Louis Rennie for information and photographs of his mothers brother, Sgt. Anthony Richard McCoy. Other sources as quoted below.