21.09.1943 No. 13 OTU B25 Mitchell FL193 F/O. John Ledgerwood
Date: 21st September 1943
Unit: No. 13 OTU (Operational Training Unit)
Type: B25 Mitchell
Base: RAF Finmere
Location: Steeple Claydon, Buckinghamshire
Pilot: F/O. John Ledgerwood AUS/421863 RAAF Age 21. Killed
Nav: P/O. Andrew Goodwin Olson J/25058 RCAF Age 20. Killed (1)
Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. Eric George Bailey AUS/422375 RAAF Age 25. Killed
Air/Gnr: Sgt. Michael Justin Tymms AUS/422324 RAAF Age 19. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
This aircraft took off from its base at RAF Finmere on a Training Flight.
Exact details unknown, believed to of lost power on take-off and travelled some 5 miles south east of the airfield at tree top height, before crashing in fields near Steeple Claydon.
Left: F/O. John Ledgerwood Right: Fl/Sgt. Eric George Bailey
Left to right, P/O. Olson, Flt/Sgt. Bailey, F/O. Ledgerwood, Sgt. Tymms. Right photograph: Fl/Sgt. Eric George Bailey
Crews funeral at Botley Cemetery
The webmaster for Aircrew Remembered, designed and made a ceramic plaque (2) that was presented to the relatives, a replica was also placed at the crash site in September 2008. (see Trish Masters page
B25 - Sister aircraft FL684
(1) Olson Lake in Saskatchewan is named after P/O Olson
F/O. John Ledgerwood. Oxford (Botley) Cemetery. Plot I/2. Grave 70. Son of James Francis and Constance Irene Ledgerwood, of Griffith, New South Wales, Australia.
P/O. Andrew Goodwin Olson. Oxford (Botley) Cemetery. Plot I/2. Grave 71. Son of Andrew and Selma Victoria Olson, of Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Fl/Sgt. Eric George Bailey. Oxford (Botley) Cemetery. Plot I/2. Grave 72. Son of William and Sarah Bailey, of Grafton, New South Wales, husband of Merlin Jean Bailey of Maclean, New South Wales, Australia.
Sgt. Michael Justin Tymms. Oxford (Botley) Cemetery. Plot I/2. Grave 73. Son of Dr. Albert Oscar Vincent Tymms and Henrietta Eyre Maunsell Tymms, of Neutral Bay, New South Wales, Australia.
With thanks to Jane Mcgrath, niece of F/O. John Ledgerwood, Trish Masters (née Bailey), daughter of Fl/Sgt. Eric George Bailey, John Beswick for his kind assistance.
(2) This was during the time that he managed and generated most of the content for a website for another association.