06.06.1942 No 20 OTU Wellington IC DV713 ZT-W Fl/Sgt. Palmer
Operation: Navigation Exercise
Date: 6th June 1942 (Saturday)
Unit: No. 20 OTU (Operational Training Unit) 'D' Flight
Type: Wellington IC
Base: RAF Lossimouth, Scotland
Location: 8 miles South East Peterhead, Scotland
Pilot: Fl/Sgt. Herbert James Palmer R/75611 RCAF Age 27. Missing
Fl/Eng: Fl/Sgt. Arthur Charles Campbell Peircey R/82350 RCAF Age 20. Missing
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Frederick Henry Mitchell 959845 RAFVR Age 29. Missing
W/Op/Air/Gnr: P/O. John Richard Walker 118969 RAF Age 31. Missing
Air/Gnr: Sgt. John Sinden 519693 RAF Age 26. Missing
REASON FOR LOSS:
According to Bomber Command Losses Volume 7 this Wellington IC left RAF Lossimouth, Scotland on a navigational exercise.
The weather detiorated during the exercise and on return to the base the crew tried to drop down beneath the clouds but sadly hit the sea some 8 miles South East of Peterhead.
Sgt. John Sinden (courtesy of Jill Clayton French and family)
Portions of wreckage and perished clothing found by High speed Launch from Aberdeen, however, the bodies of the crew were never recovered and consequently they are all remembered on the Runnymede Memorial.
Left: Runnymede Memorial as photographed by Aircrew Remembered in April 2013
Fl/Sgt. Herbert James Palmer. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 106. Son of Herbert James Palmer and Agnes Edna Palmer, of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
Fl/Sgt. Arthur Charles Campbell Peircey. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 106. Son of Charles George and Elizabeth Peircey, of Cornwall, Ontario, Canada
Sgt. Frederick Henry Mitchell. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 89. Son of John William and Lucy Louisa Mitchell - No details of address.
P/O. John Richard Walker. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 72. Husband of Margaret E. Walker, of Southgate, Middlesex, England.
Sgt. John Sinden. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 93. Son of George and Amy Sinden, husband of Mary Sinden, of Southwark, London, England.
Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this crew with thanks to Jill Clayton French, (her husbands is the great nephew of Sgt Sinden) Les Allison and Harry Hayward - 'They Shall Grow Not Old', Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses' Vol. 7, Commonwealth War Graves Commission.