18.11.1941 No. 4 Air Observer school Botha I L6195 Sgt. Hobby
Date: 18th November 1941 (Tuesday)
Unit: No: 4 AOS (Air Observer school)
Type: Blackburn Botha I
Base: RAF West Freugh, Wigtownshire, Scotland.
Location: East Galdenoch Farm, West Freugh, Wigtownshire
Pilot: Sgt. Walter Francis Godfrey Hobby 748138 RAFVR Age 21. Killed
Obs: LAC. Robert Charles Sharp 1166717 RAFVR Age ? Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: AC1. William Charles Ellis 1263000 RAFVR Age 32. Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: AC1. George William King 1385285 RAFVR Age ? Killed
Air/Gnr: LAC. Ciaran Anzlony Clarke 1377842 RAFVR Age 33. Killed
We welcome corrections or further information regarding this loss.
REASON FOR LOSS:
Took off at approximately 10.10 hrs in the morning of Tuesday 18th November on a training exercise, during this the Botha crashed at East Galdenoch Farm, West Freugh killing all the crew.
The subsequent court of enquiry recorded that the aircraft stalled following loss of power on the starboard engine. This is described as probably caused by throttle creeping back when the pilot removed his hand to select the undercarriage. The aircraft crashed into trees after a vertical dive on the Stranraer / Dunragit road.
AC1. William Charles Ellis (courtesy Nick Ellis)
Botha (courtesy Kate Tame collection)
Crash card for L6195 (courtesy Nick Ellis)
Sgt. Walter Francis Godfrey Hobby. Gloucester Old Cemetery Plot NG. Grave 4799. Son of Frederick Godfrey and Mary Ann Hobby, of Gloucester, England.
LAC. Robert Charles Sharp. Radlett Church, Aldenham. Grave 80. Next of kin details currently not available - are you able to assist completion of these and any other information?
AC1. William Charles Ellis. Manor Park Cemetert. Coll. Grave 8. Son of William Charles and Anne Ellis; husband of Minnie Florence Ellis, of Stoke Newington, London, England.
AC1. George William King. East London Cemetery, Plaistow. Next of kin details currently not available - are you able to assist completion of these and any other information?
LAC. Ciaran Anzlony Clarke. Little Bray Catholic Cemetery. Grave O.42. Son of Joseph A. and Frances Clarke (nee Doyle), of Bray, Co. Wicklow Ireland.
Researched with information supplied by Nick Ellis (Grandson of AC1. Ellis) and for relatives/friends of the crew.