Operation: Ground accident
Date: 31st October 1942 (Saturday)
Unit: No. 88 Squadron
Type: Boston III
Base: RAF Oulton, Norfolk
Location: At base - Norfolk
Ground crew lost:
LAC. Francis Frederick Packard 1403000 RAFVR Age 21. Killed
LAC. Archibald Torrance 1365831 RAFVR Age 24. Killed
AC1. Edward John Bone 1449150 RAFVR Age 31. Killed
AC2. Harry Bramham 1217973 RAFVR Age 21. Killed
AC2. Arnold Clifford Emery 1313486 RAFVR Age 29. Killed
AC2. Kenneth Frederick Fowler 1450295 RAFVR Age 19. Killed
Thousands of both aircrew and ground crew were killed during WW2 - most are never commemorated anywhere. We aim to address this and invite relatives of airman/women killed during such tragedies to contact us.
REASON FOR LOSS:
During, what has been classed as the worst accident on a RAF base in Norfolk of WW2, the ground crew were unloading 250 lb bombs that had been brought back from an operation from a Boston of 88 Squadron.
No further details, but a massive explosion took place - killing 6 ground crew and destroying the Boston.
LAC. Francis Frederick Packard. Erith (Brook Street) Cemetery. Sec L. Grave 388. Son of Joseph and Rose Packard, of Belvedere, London, England.
LAC. Archibald Torrance. Rutherglen Cemetery. Div. S. Grave 267. Son of Daniel Stevenson Torrance and Annie Bell Torrance, of Glasgow, husband of Helen Jane Milligan Torrance, of Glasgow, Scotland.
AC1. Edward John Bone. Norton-In-The-Moors (St. Bartholomew) Churchyard. Grave 117. Husband of Frieda May Bone, of Norton-In-The-Moors, Staffordshire, England.
AC2. Harry Bramham. Rotherham (Moorgate) Cemetery. Sec.K. 3rd New. Grave 287. Son of Leonard James Bramham and Doris Abigail Bramham, of Rotherham, Yorkshire, England.
AC2. Arnold Clifford Emery. Romsey Cemetery. Sec. U. Grave 56. Son of Harry and Susan Emery, of Romsey, husband of Ivy M. Emery, of West Wellow, Wiltshire, England.
AC2. Kenneth Frederick Fowler. Wymondham Cemetery. Sec 3. Grave 465. Son of Frederick Alomis Fowler and Rose Gwendoline Fowler, of Wymondham, Norfolk, England.
Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this crew with thanks to Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vol's. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Aircrew Remembered own Archives.