24.07.1944 No. 13 OTU B-25 Mitchell II FV986 F/O. Alan M. Montgomery
Date: 24th July 1944 (Monday)
Unit: No. 13 OTU (Operational Training Unit)
Type: B-25 Mitchell II
Base: RAF Bicester, Nottinghamshire
Location: Hallams Lane, Chilwell Nottinghamshire
Pilot: F/O. Alan Martin Montgomery AUS/430040 RAAF Age 23. Killed
Nav: F/O. Ronald Frederick Stephens AUS/423634 RAAF Age 25. Killed
W/Op: W/O. Allan Alfred Cook AUS/414907 RAAF Age 22. Missing
Air/Gnr: Sgt. Norman Angus Hartrick R/224413 RCAF Age 20. Killed
Relatives would like anyone who has further knowledge of this accident or photographs to hear from you.
REASON FOR LOSS:
Taking off from RAF Bicester at 01.25 hrs for a night cross country training exercise.
Due to the damage caused and resulting explosion no exact cause for the crash has been determined although likely a major structural failure is likely. The aircraft crashed at Hallams Lane in Chilwell a suburb South West of Nottingham at 02.30 hrs.
The RAF B-25 Mitchell
Oxford (Botley) Cemetery
F/O. Alan Martin Montgomery. Oxford (Botley) Cemetery. Plot 1/2. Grave 248. Son of William John and Maud Ellen Montgomery, of Tatura, Victoria, Australia.
F/O. Ronald Frederick Stephens. Oxford (Botley) Cemetery. Plot 1/2. Grave 249. Son of Harold William and Dorothy Stephens, husband of Esma May Stephens, of 8 Brierley Street Cremorne, New South Wales, Australia.
W/O. Allan Alfred Cook. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 259. Son of Maurice Alfred and Hannah Stacey Cook, of Sarina, Queensland, Australia.
Sgt. Norman Angus Hartrick. Harrogate (Stonefall) Cemetery. Sec. B. Row K. Grave 11. Son of Kenneth Roderick Hartrick and Sarah Cameron Hartrick, of Dunvegan, Ontario, Canada.
Note: Prior to entering RAF service the aircraft carried the USAAF serial number 42-87140.
Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this crew with thanks to a relative of W/O. Allan Cook. The Australian Archives, Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Runnymede Memorial Database. Fred Paradie - 'Paradie Archive'.