02.04.1942 No. 20 O.T.U. Wellington 1C R1168 JM-G F/O. Jeffery
Date: 2nd April 1942 (Thursday)
Unit: No. 20 O.T.U.
Type: Wellington IC
Base: RAF Lossiemouth, Morayshire, Scotland
Location: Sinsharnie, Aberdeenshire
1st Pilot: F/O. David Hamilton Jeffery 85659 RAFVR Age 26. Killed
2nd Pilot: Sgt. Raymond James Coates 655734 RAFVR Age 23. Killed
Obs: Sgt. Edward Hunter 1006782 RAFVR Age ? Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. George Cant 1063357 RAFVR Age 21. Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. Berry Arthur Neill NZ/404088 RNZAF Age 24. Killed
Air/Gnr: Sgt. Alexander Scott Moggach 1059394 RAFVR Age 26. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Took off from RAF Lossiemouth for a night training exercise, but while heading for base, assisted by QDMs (1) the aircraft crashed into a hillside at 01.13hrs near the village of Sinsharnie, 3 miles NW of Huntley, Aberdeenshire.
An eye witness confirmed that the weather at the time of the accident was slight rain with strong winds and that visibility was quite good with the cloud level being higher than the hills.
The reason for this accident has never been fully established, but it is believed that a misunderstanding in respect of the QDM (1) instruction may have led to this accident
Fl/Sgt. Berry Arthur Neil and grave
(1) QDM = Magnetic heading to a station
F/O. David Hamilton Jeffery. Sanderstead (All Saints) Churchyard Extention, Surrey. Row H. Grave 57. Son of William Harold and Mabel Jeffery of Sanderstead, England.
Sgt. Raymond James Coates. Cinderford (St John) Churchyard, Gloucestershire. Row 11. Grave 27. Son of John Henry Dancey Coates and Bessie Emily Coates of Cinderford, England.
Sgt. Edward Hunter. Glasgow (Sandymount) Cemetery. Compt. C. Grave 770. Son of Daniel and Sophia Hunter of Glasgow, Scotland.
Sgt. George Cant. Medomsley (St. Mary Magdalane) Churchyard, Durham. Block 1. Row 2. Grave 16. Son of Thomas and Hannah E. Cant, of Leadgate, England.
F/Sgt. Berry Arthur Neill. Lossiemouth Burial Ground, Morayshire. Grave 1143. Son of George Alban Neill and Margaret Neill (nee Glennie) of Auckland City, New Zealand.
Sgt. Alexander Scott Moggach. Banff Cemetery, Banffshire. 2nd Compt. Sec. Q. Grave 23. Son of Alexander and Mary Chalmers Moggach and husband of Margaret Moggach of Banff, Scotland.
Researched by Aircrew Remembered, researcher and specialist genealogist Kate Tame for relatives of this crew. With thanks to Alex Glennie for photographs and information. For further details thanks to Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vols. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Commonwealth Graves Commission.