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RAF Bomber Command Crest
05.07.1944 No. 1667 HCU Halifax V DG414 Fl/Lt. Benjamin E. McLaughlin DFC

Operation: Dual instruction training

Date: 05th July 1944 (Wednesday)

Unit: No. 1667 HCU (Heavy Conversion Unit)

Type: Halifax V

Serial: DG414

Base: RAF Sandtoft, Lincolnshire.

Location: Alkborough, Lincolnshire.

Pilot (Inst): Fl/Lt. Benjamin Edward McLaughlin DFC. 127223 RAFVR Age 30 Killed (1)

Pilot (U/T): P/O. Edward Barley 176232 RAFVR Age 22. Killed

Fl/Eng (Inst): Sgt. Patrick. Morissey DFM. 1661466 RAFVR Age 27. Survived/injured. (2)

Fl/Eng (U/T): Sgt. Thomas Edward Carr 1590301 RAFVR Survived/Injured (3)

Fl/Eng (U/T): Sgt. Ivor Herbert Simmonds 1836668 RAFVR Age 25. Survived/Injured (3)

Fl/Eng (U/T): Sgt. George Beedle 1594241 RAFVR Age 32. Killed

Air/Bmr: Sgt. Hubert Fryer 1623205 RAFVR Age 21. Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. John Norman Bond 424080 RAAF Age 25. Killed (4)

Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. Robert Anthony Wixted 434555 RAAF Age 20. Killed (5)

A serving RAF, Sgt. Tracy Watson places a wreath every anniversary of the death of the pilot, which coincides with the date of the loss of her own mother.


Took off at 12.50 hrs from RAF Sandtoft, Lincolnshire on a dual instruction training exercise with 1 trainee pilot and 3 trainee flight engineers.

Whilst flying at 200 ft on three engines control was lost and the aircraft crashed at Alkborough, Lincolnshire on the south bank of the Humber.

Emergency crews arrived within 30 minutes with the unit's medical officer. 1 of the 3 surviving crew Sgt. Carr were taken to RAF Elsham Wolds sick quarters with the other two taken to Scunthorpe War Memorial Hospital.

(3) Sgt. Thomas Carr made a full recovery and joined another crew. Sadly he was killed on the 16th January 1945 on an operation to Zeitz in Lancaster ME296 AS-V. The pilot, F/O. Burke RAAF was also killed. The remaining 5 crew were taken as PoW. Shortly after admission to hospital, Sgt Simmonds died of his injuries.

Grave of the pilot left: 2013 and right 2014 (courtesy Sgt. Tracy Watson) - click to enlarge.

Left: grave of Fl/Sgt. John Norman Bond - Centre: Fl/Sgt. Robert Anthony Wixted, both at Harrowgate Cemetery. - click to enlarge

Burial details:

Fl/Lt. Benjamin Edward McLaughlin DFC. Porchester Churchyard Row 5. Grave 12. Son of George Thomas McLaughlin and Ivy Love McLaughlin of Paulsgrove, Hampshire. (1) Benjamin Edward McLaughlin was born 5 March 1914 and joined the Portsmouth Police force 25th March 1935 and served until 28th May 1936 when he went to Palestine to serve with the Palestine Police force. He returned to Portsmouth and was reappointed to the Portsmouth force 7 December 1937

5th August 1942 Benjamin Edward McLaughlin was commissioned as Pilot Officer and on the 5th February Flying Officer B. E. McLaughlin was promoted to the rank of Flight Lieutenant. Awarded the DFC while serving with No 12 Squadron as per Supplement to the London Gazette 12 November 1943. At the time of his death his address was given as Jubilee Avenue, Paulsgrove

P/O. Edward Barley. Hull Western Cemetery Compt. 267. Grave 25884. Son of Edward and Mary Frances Barley, of Hull, England.

Sgt. Patrick Morissey DFM. Died the following day and is buried in Kensal Green (St. Mary's) Roman Catholic Cemetery. Sec.X.P. Grave 3165. Son of Michael and Margaret Morissey, husband of Elizabeth Morissey, of Kingsbury, England. (2) Sgt. Patrick Morrissey was awarded the DFM while serving with No 101 Squadron as per Supplement to the London Gazette 19 September 1944

Sgt. Thomas Edward Carr. Rheinberg War Cemetery. Grave 11. D. 21. NoK details currently not available - are you able to assist completion of these and any other information?

Sgt. Ivor Herbert Simmonds. Fleur-De-Lis Church Cemetery. Block 4. Row 1. Grave 9. Son of William and Lettia L. Simmonds, of South Harrow, Middlesex, England.

Left: Grave of Sgt. Patrick Morissey DFM - click to enlarge

Sgt. George Beedle. Fylingdales Churchyard. Son of George and Ellen Arm Beedle, of Fylingdales, husband of Elizabeth Ann Ross Beedle, of Robin Hoods Bay, England.

Sgt. Hubert Fryer. West Tanfield Churchyard. Son of Doris Harrison, of West Tanfield, England.

Fl/Sgt. John Norman Bond. Harrogate Cemetery Sec. B. Row H. Grave 6. Son of Richard Armstrong Bond and Florence Maude Bond, of Glen Innes, New South Wales, Australia.(4) John Norman Bond was born on the 13th September 1918 in Kempsey NSW and enlisted in Sydney

Fl/Sgt. Robert Anthony Wixted. Harrogate Cemetery Sec. B. Row H. Grave 7. Son of Thomas Michael and Margaret Wixted, of Coorparoo, Queensland, Australia. (5)Robert Anthony Wixted was born on the 13th June 1924 in Brisbane, Queensland

Researched by Aircrew Remembered, researcher and specialist genealogist Kate Tame for relatives of this crew. For further details our thanks to the following, Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vol's. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', ‘Bomber Command Database’, Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

KT. Page updated 15.04.2016. KT. Further update picture of B E McLaughlin and information about his service with Portsmouth Police force

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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