13.03.1943 No. 199 Squadron Wellington III BK158 EX-G Fl/Sgt. Terence F. Hockley
Operation: Air Test over England
Date: 13th March 1943
Unit: No.199 Squadron
Type: Wellington III
Base: RAF Ingham
Location: Skellingthorpe 2 miles W.N.W of Lincoln
Pilot: Fl/Sgt. Terence Frederick Hockley 655423 RAFVR Age 26. Killed
Nav/Air/Bmr: Sgt. Leonard George Vaughan 1381736 RAFVR Age 29. Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Leslie Joisce 567921 RAF Age 24. Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: W/O. Albert George Shorten R/102169 RCAF Age 20. Killed
Air/Gnr: Sgt. Archibald Mckay Cormack 1123977 RAFVR Age ? Killed
Reason for Loss:
Broke up and crashed at 16.00 hrs at location shown below. It is thought that the dinghy broke from its harness and fouled the elevators.
This was the last accident involving a wellington III from 199 Squadron.
(1) Shorten Lake in Saskatchewan is named after W/O. Shorten
Left: W/O. Albert George Shorten (courtesy Bill Barry - see links)
Burial Details -
Fl/Sgt. Terence Frederick Hockley. Barkingside Cemetery, (1) Grave 1753. Son of Arthur Edward and Kate Hockley of Ilford, England.
Sgt. Leonard George Vaughan. Barking (Rippleside) Cemetery (2) Sec. K. Grave 343. Son of Josiah and Clara Vaughan (née Bennett) Husband of Eleanor Mabel Vaughan (nee Monteath) Essex, England. Shown left (courtesy Mike Harrison)
Sgt. Archibald Mckay Cormack. Glasgow (Sandymount) Cemetery (3) Compt.T Grave 2513. Son of Mr and Mrs William Drummond Cormack of Glasgow, Scotland.
Sgt. Leslie Joisce. Bedlington (Netherton Lane) Cemetery (5) Sec.F Grave 1614C. Son of George and Mary Jane Joisce of Guidepost, Northumberland, England.
W/O. Albert George Shorten. Lincoln (Newport) Cemetery (4) Sec.H Grave 293 South. Son of Joseph William and Victoria Marie Clementine Shorten of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. Born in Norwich, Norfolk, England.
Researched by Emma Scott (Volunteer Aircrew Remembered) for relatives of the crew. With thanks to the following, Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vol's. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Commonwealth War Graves Commission. With thanks to Bill Barry for photograph of W/O. Albert Shorten.