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04/05.07.1941 No. 10 O.T.U. Whitley V Z6667 Fl/Sgt. Lynch

Operation: Training

Date: 04/05th July 1941 (Saturday/Sunday)

Unit: No. 10 OTU (Operational Training Unit)

Type: Whitley V

Serial: Z6667

Base: RAF Abingdon, Oxfordshire.

Location: Chislehampton hill, near Stadhampton, Oxfordshire.

Pilot: Fl/Sgt. Arthur Edward Walter Lynch 550334 RAF Age ? Killed

Pilot 2: Sgt. Frederick Coulson Adams R/54373 RCAF Age 24. Killed (1)

Pilot 3: Sgt. Ronald Grant Stratton R/59586 RCAF Age ? Killed (2)

Obs: Sgt. William Archibald Bartleman R/60887 RCAF Age 20. Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Peter Haselden Morris 1001152 RAFVR Age 26. Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. George Charles Peter Sanderson 959645 RAFVR Age 21. Killed (3)

We would like any relative of the crew to contact us as Ian Allison (and ourselves), would like to place a small memorial plaque at the crash site and to add information on this page of remembrance


Several reports place this Whitley as shot down by a Luftwaffe Night fighter, others report it as hit by our own A/A units (for sure, not the first time this had happened).

Bill Chorley writes from the Unit's ORB.'s that after taking off from RAF Abingdon for a night bombing training operation the Whitley broke up in the air and crashed at Garsington, Oxfordshire at around 02:40 hrs killing all the crew. The aircraft wreckage caught fire on impact.

Further investigation by Ian Allison reveals that it crashed at Chislehampton hill near Stadhampton, Oxfordshire, where he laid a memorial wreath. He hopes to place a plaque at the spot if he is able to make contact with other relatives of the crew. After his visit to the crash site he has taken some photographs and also discovered a small piece of wreckage from the aircraft - photographs follow.


(1) The family of Sgt. Adams also lost his younger brother, F/O. John Charles Adams on the 6th January 1945. Killed whilst a pilot of a 550 Squadron Lancaster NG331, over Hannover, Germany.

(2) The family of Sgt. Stratton also lost his other brother. Fl/Sgt. Keith Robinson Stratton, a navigator, killed whilst training on Anson I N5379  of 3 (O) AFU - flew into high ground at night Old Lodge Farm, Clee Hill, 5 miles E of Ludlow, Shropshire - killing all 5 crew.

(3) The father of Sgt. Sanderson was killed when the ship, S.S. Warlaby from the Merchant Navy was attacked and sunk just 5 months earlier on 12th February 1941. At the time Percy George Sanderson was serving as the Chief Engineer. Aged 55 a former Lieut-Cmdr. of the Royal Navy, he had retired.


Above left: Sgt. George Sanderson and right: wreath laid at the crash site by Ian Allison

Burial details:

Fl/Sgt. Arthur Edward Walter Lynch. Heston (St. Leonard) Churchyard. Old ground. Grave 00E. N.o.K. details not currently available.

Sgt. Frederick Coulson Adams. Brookwood Military Cemetery. Grave 30.G.7. Son of Dr. F. Adams and Essie Adams, of Windsor, Ontario, Canada

Sgt. Ronald Grant Stratton. Brookwood Military Cemetery. Grave 30.G.8. From, Stonewall, Manitoba, Canada. N.o.K. details not currently available.

Sgt. William Archibald Bartleman. Inverness (Tomnahurich) Cemetery. Sec. D. Class 6. Grave 19. Son of John and Catherine Lily Bartleman, of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Sgt. Peter Haselden Morris. Cottingham Cemetery. Sec. A. Grave 216. Son of Charles Agustus and Ada Holland Morris, of Cottingham, Nr. Hull, Yorkshire, England. 

Sgt. George Charles Peter Sanderson. Middlesbrough (Acklam) Cemetery. Sec. A. Grave 498. Son of Lieut.-Comdr. Percy George Sanderson, R.N. (Retd.), and of Annie Sanderson, of Linthorpe, Middlesbrough, England.

Others burials to persons described on this page of remembrance:

F/O. John Charles Adams. Hanover War Cemetery. Grave 2F.13. Son of Dr Fred and Essie (nee Watson) Adams of Toronto, Ontario.

Fl/Sgt. Keith Robinson Stratton. Bridgnorth Cemetery, Shropshire. Plot S. Grave 1033. Stonewall, Manitoba, Canada. N.o.K. details not currently available.

Left: The S.S. Warlaby - sunk on the 12th February 1941 at 08.30 hrs. 37 sailors lost.

Percy George Sanderson. Tower Hill Memorial. Panel 116. Son of John and Sarah Sanderson, husband of Annie Sanderson, of Linthorpe, Middlesbrough, Yorkshire, England.

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this crew with thanks to Ian Allison (relative of Sgt. Sanderson), Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses' Vol. 7, Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vol's. 1 and  2', Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Tom Kracker - 'Kracker Luftwaffe Archives'. Aircrew Remembered own Archives.

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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