01.02.1942 No. 220 Squadron Hudson AM615 Fl/Sgt. George Ireland
Operation: Training exercise
Date: 01st February 1942 (Sunday)
Unit: No. 220 Squadron
Base: RAF Nutts Corner, Northern Ireland
Location: Near base?
Pilot: Fl/Sgt. George Ireland 622635 RAFVR Age ? Killed
Pilot 2: Fl/Sgt. Colin Robert Morley 1170683 RAFVR Age 23. Killed
Nav: Sgt. Falkner Cotton Young AUS/404354 RAAF Age 24. Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Ronald Charles Walker 751141 RAFVR Age 21. Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Wallace Harold Mace Watts 1209099 RAFVR Age 20. Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Kenneth Horton 1260890 RAFVR Age 25. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Hudson AM615 took off on 1st February 1942 from RAF Nutt’s Corner in County Antrim with the Pilot instructed to carry out low level attack exercises against troops. The aircraft crashed at 11:20 hrs - all the crew were killed. At the time the weather was poor with low cloud and rain.
A report on the flying accident later reported : The accident was caused by dangerous flying due to the pilot carrying out the instructions to the extreme. The two pilots were the normal crew.
The CO of RAF Station Nutt's Corner stated “ The accident was due to over keenness and to take full advantage of the opportunity to fly low.”
The AVM Group Commander stated : “I concur in the CO’s remarks. I am satisfied the crew were adequately briefed for the exercise and the accident was the result of over keenness rather than lack of flying discipline. The deceased pilot was the only individual who could be considered to blame for the accident.”
Fl/Sgt. George Ireland. Paisley Cemetery (Hawkhead) Scotland. Sec. P. Grave 102. Son of George Sinclair Ireland and Margaret Ireland, husband of Janet Braidwood Weir Ireland, of Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland.
Fl/Sgt. Colin Robert Morley. Brookwood Military Cemetery. Grave 24.A.3. Son of Alfred W. Morley and Mabel E. Morley, of Kempley, Gloucestershire, England (Bsc - honours, Reading University). A commemorative stained glass window in St Mary’s church, Kempley was installed in 1950 as a memorial to those lost in World War II. Left Reading University and joined the RAF
Sgt. Falkner Cotton Young. Killead Church of Ireland Churchyard (St. Catherine) Sec. 24. Grave 18. Son of William Vivian and Grace May Young, of Condamine, Queensland, Australia.
Sgt. Ronald Charles Walker. Long Eaton Cemetery. Sec. B7. Grave 41. Son of Charles William and Maud Walker, of Long Eaton Derbyshire, England.
Sgt. Wallace Harold Mace Watts. Wigston Cemetery. Sec. H. Grave 34. Son of Walter and Gladys Edith Watts, husband of Mary Watts, of Wigston Magna, Leicestershire, England.
Sgt. Kenneth Horton. Killead Presbyterian Churchyard. Grave 24. Son of Arthur George and Annie Horton, husband of Kathleen Horton, of Isleworth, Middlesex, England.
Researched for Andy Watts, nephew of Sgt. Wallace Watts and family. With thanks to Geoff Swallow, Alan Storr and Melvyn Fletcher for detailed information. For further details our thanks to the following sources shown below.