23.12.1940 No. 11 O.T.U. Wellington IA N3014 P/O. Haviland
Date: 23rd December 1940 (Monday)
Unit: No. 11 O.T.U.
Type: Wellington IA
Base: RAF Bassingbourn
Location: Bassingbourn village
Pilot: P/O. David Reginald Ferrers Haviland 87045 RAFVR Age 23. Killed (1)
Pilot 2: Sgt. William Llewellen Jones 966020 RAFVR Age 21. Killed
Obs: P/O. Arthur Frederick Pennymore 87353 RAFVR Age ? Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Benjamin Quinney Sheppard 910413 RAFVR Age 20. Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. John Adrian Carroll 942329 RAFVR Age 26. Killed
Air/Gnr: Sgt. Errol James Peters 401519 RNZAF Age 20. Killed
The family of Sgt. Sheppard would be very interested in hearing from other relatives with any further information. Please contact us and we will forward your message onto them.
REASON FOR LOSS:
Took off during the evening of Monday 23rd December for night flying practice. The weather worsened and on return to the airfield at about 20.20 hrs N3014 crashed after over shooting the airfield for a second time into the village of Bassingbourn.
(1) His father, Captain Wilfred Pollen Haviland gained the rank of Captain in the service of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. He was invested as M.B.E.
Above: Newspaper article and photo regarding the loss of Sgt. Ben Sheppard Below: his grave (courtesy David Cockburn)
P/O. David Reginald Ferrers Haviland. Bassingbourn Cum Kneesworth Cemetery Row BB. Grave 13 ("C" in above photo selection) Son of Capt. Wilfred Pollen Haviland, M.B.E., and of Beryl Marion Haviland, of Paddington, London,England.
Sgt. William Llewellen Jones. Bassingbourn Cum Kneesworth Cemetery Row BB. Grave 12 ("C" in above photo selection) Son of Samuel Llewellyn Jones and Gladys Irene Jones, of Llanishen, Monmouthshire, Wales.
P/O. Arthur Frederick Pennymore. Norwich and Norfolk Crematorium. N.o.k. Details not currently available.
Sgt. Benjamin Quinney Sheppard. Bishop's Hatfield (St. Luke) Churchyard. Plot 3. Row 3. Grave 17 ("A" in above photo selection) Son of John and Amelia Isabelle Quinney Sheppard, of Hatfield, England.
Sgt. John Adrian Carroll, Church Stretton (Cunnery Road) Cemetery Grave X.35 ("B" in above photo selection) Son of John and Ann Carroll, of Church Stretton, England.
Sgt. Errol James Peters. Bassingbourn Cum Kneesworth Cemetery Row BB. Grave 11 ("C" in above photo selection) N.o.k. Details not currently available.
For David Cockburn nephew of Sgt. Sheppard and relatives of all the crew. With thanks to the following: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', the C.W.G.C.