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21.09.1943 No. 13 OTU B25 Mitchell FL193 F/O. John Ledgerwood

Operation: Training

Date: 21st September 1943

Unit: No. 13 OTU (Operational Training Unit)

Type: B25 Mitchell

Serial: FL193

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


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

Burial Details:

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.

Acknowledgements: Sources used by us in compiling Archive Reports include: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vols. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vols. 1 and 2', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Tom Kracker - Kracker Luftwaffe Archives and Fred Paradie - Paradie Archive (both on this site), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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