01.12.1942 No. 12 OTU Wellington III BK250 Sgt. B.F. McMurchy
Date: 01st December 1942 (Tuesday)
Unit: No. 12 OTU (Operational Training Unit)
Type: Wellington III
Base: RAF Chipping Warden, Northamptonshire
Location: At base RAF Chipping Warden
Pilot: Sgt. B.F. McMurchy RCAF
Obs: Sgt. Harry Walters 1125354 RAFVR Age ? Injured
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt Eugene Thomas John O'Donoghue 913527 RAFVR Age 24. Injured
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. D.J. Phillips Injured
Air/Gnr: Sgt. G.A. Hutchinson Injured
Civilian worker: Mr. William Wooton Age 48. Killed
Civilian worker: Mr. William Francis Fitzgibbon Age 35. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Taking off from RAF Chipping Norden on a training exercise, when in strong cross winds the aircraft swung out of control and headed towards the fire tender bay. The pilot managed to avoid this and a group of civilians workers at the base.
The aircraft continued at high speed and struck the control tower, then swerved hitting a civilian car. Finally coming to rest against one of the hangers where it caught fire.
Many people on the camp including F/O. M.L. Gaudin the assistant medical orderly and later the Station Medical Officer tendered first aid to the many injured personnel.
Over 20 people required hospital treatment for injuries from shock to lacerations and burns. Two civilians killed within the hanger.
Sadly Sgt. Eugene O’Donoghue and Sgt. Harry Walters succumbed to their injuries and died the following day.
Researched for the Wimbledon College Roll Of Honour - Sgt. Eugene O’Donoghue having been a former student.
Sgt. Harry Walters. Middlesbrough Cemetery (Acklam) Sec. A. Grave 1369. Next of kin details not available, are you able to assist?
Sgt Eugene Thomas John O'Donoghue. Banbury Cemetery. Grave 11572. Son of Thomas Henry and Bridget Mary O'Donoghue; husband of Marjorie Holmes O'Donoghue, of West Kirby, Cheshire, England.
Mr. William Wooton. Son of Joseph Butlin and Catherine Elizabeth Wootton, of Sulgrave, husband of Dorothy Clara Wootton, of 6 Council Houses, Sulgrave, Northamptonshire, England.
Mr. William Francis Fitzgibbon. Son of Thomas Fitzgibbon, of Fort West, Charleville, Co. Cork, Irish Republic.
Researched for the Wimbledon College Roll Of Honour - Aircrew Remembered have offered to provide basic information for the school records. For further details our thanks to the sources shown below.