20.01.1944 No. 18 OTU Wellington III BK273 F/O. Richard H.B. Jennings
Date: 20th January 1944 (Thursday)
Unit: No. 18 OTU (Operational Training Unit)
Type: Wellington III
Base: RAF Worksop, Nottinghamshire
Location: Worksop College, Nottinghamshire
Pilot: F/O. Richard Harvey Brooke Jennings 118399 RAFVR Age 30. killed
Nav: P/O. Robert Frederick Wade 152946 RAFVR Age 21. Killed
Air/Bmr: P/O. Colin William Owen Sears 152995 RAFVR Age ? Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Patrick Downes 1671293 RAFVR Age 20. Killed
Air/Gnr: Sgt. Kenneth Ernest Dudley Sillatoe 1216021 RAFVR Age 22. Killed
Relatives of the crew are invited to send us any information / photographs that can be added to this page of remembrance.
REASON FOR LOSS:
Took off at 20.25 hrs from RAF Worksop on a night conversion training exercise for this crew on this type of aircraft.
Later, at around 20.50 hrs after overshooting the runway towards the West then climbing to around 400 ft. a blade sheared from the starboard propeller and very shortly afterwards the nose dropped with the aircraft diving into the grounds of Worksop College.
Right: Sgt. Patrick Downes (courtesy Dave Walsh)
The aircraft hit the ground and burst into flames - scattering debris over a large area, killing all the 5 man crew. The bodies were claimed by relatives and buried in their various home towns.
If anyone has further information on this, we would welcome it, passing onto the relatives.
Another crew lost during training - just one of thousands (yes - thousands!) that are perhaps not thought of as much as the other operational crews.
Aircrew Remembered hope, with the assistance of relatives and volunteers, to address this.
Help us - to remember them.
Worksop College today - with insert dated 1936 (archives)
F/O. Richard Harvey Brooke Jennings. Southend-On-Sea (Sutton Road) Cemetery. Sec C. Grave 433. Son of George and Elizabeth Marie Jennings, of Charlton Horethorne, Somerset. M.Inst. M.T. England.
P/O. Robert Frederick Wade. Islington Cemetery and Crematorium. Sec. O. Block 10. Grave 21257P. Son of Frederick James Wade and Lucy Edith Wade, of Upper Holloway, London, England.
P/O. Colin William Owen Sears. Beckenham Crematorium and Cemetery. Sec H1. Grave 19397. NoK details currently not available - are you able to assist completion of these and any other information?
Sgt. Patrick Downes. Great Crosby (SS. Peter and Paul) Roman Catholic Churchyard Sec D. Grave 473-474. Son of James and Ellen Downes, of Liverpool, England.
Sgt. Kenneth Ernest Dudley Sillatoe. Harrogate (Stonefall) Cemetery Sec C. Row J. Grave 13. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Walter Sillatoe, of Holloway, London, England.
Researched for Dave Walsh, relative of Sgt. Patrick Downes and all the relatives of the crew.