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24.07.1944 No. 13 OTU B-25 Mitchell II FV986 F/O. Alan M. Montgomery

Operation: Training

Date: 24th July 1944 (Monday)

Unit: No. 13 OTU (Operational Training Unit)

Type: B-25 Mitchell II

Serial: FV986

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

Burial details:

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'.

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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