22/23.01.1942 No. 50 Squadron Hampden I AT142 P/O. Peace
Date: 22/23rd January 1942 (Thursday/Friday)
Unit: No. 50 Squadron
Type: Hampden I
Base: RAF Skellingthorpe, Lincolnshire (Skelly)
Location: Exton, Oakham
Pilot: P/O. David Brian Peace 89609 RAFVR Age 22. Killed
Pilot 2: Sgt. John Wilson Adey 934201 RAFVR Age 19. Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Francis Haydn Brooke 942640 RAFVR Age 21. Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Archibald Donald Jory 932941 RAFVR Age ? Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Very few details are available regarding this loss. 47 aircraft took part in the bombing of Munster - the first raid on inland Germany since 27/28th December 1941. Crews reported large fires in the railway station area - however the only report from Munster is that 5 people were killed.
We do know that AT142 took off from Skellingthorpe for this operation and crashed on the return trip at 22.20 hrs at Exton (4) which is 4 miles East North East of Oakham, Rutland whilst trying to land at Cottesmore. All crew killed and bodies returned to various cemeteries.
This crew is believed to have earlier taken part in bombing a seaplane base at Hornum on the island of Sylt in March 1940, it then attacked many other targets including Berlin. In December 1940 it took part in the bombing of Mannheim and in December 1941 operating from a base in Northern Scotland it bombed a gun battery and dropped smoke bombs on the island of Vaagso (German occupied Norway) in preparation for the landing of troops.
P/O. David Brian Peace. Cottesmore (St. Nicholas) Churchyard Ext. Compt. 7. Grave 42. Born in Bridlington in the June 1919 Qtr, the son of Walter and Phyllis (née Henshall) Peace.
Sgt. John Wilson Adey. South Ealing Cemetery. Sec K. Row H. Grave 6. Son of William Stanley and Grace Annie Adey (nee Kay), of Ealing, England. Born 29th June 1922 at 19 Boileau Road Ealing.
Sgt. Francis Haydn Brooke. Hepworth Methodist Chapelyard. Sec B. Grave 219. Son of Francis and Helena Brooke, of New Mill, Huddersfield, England.
Sgt. Archibald Donald Jory. Camborne (St Martin) Churchyard. Block E. Grave 37. Next of Kin details currently not available.
Researched for Nigel Brooke and relatives of all the crew. With thanks to Dave Champion for additional details - July 2018.