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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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Bomber Command Crest
01.03.1943 No. 12 O.T.U. Wellington III BK467 JP-C Sgt. Thompson

Operation: Training

Date: 1st March 1943 (Monday)

Unit: No. 12 Operational Training Unit

Type: Wellington III

Serial: BK467

Code: JP-C

Base: RAF Turweston

Location: Turweston, Northamptonshire

Pilot: Sgt. Peter Angus Thompson AUS/415285 RAAF Injured

Air/Bmr: Sgt. Glanville Owen John 1498305 RAFVR Age 22. Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Ronald Crebbin 1090311 RAFVR Age 22. Killed

Air/Gnr: Sgt. A.J. Abrahams RAFVR Injured

Air/Gnr: Sgt. A. Crompton RAFVR Injured

REASON FOR LOSS:

Took off from RAF Turweston for a bombing practice flight.

When returning to base the aircraft came in off-line to the flare path and while going around again an engine failed.

The pilot was unable to bring the aircraft under control and crashed at 12:06hrs in the airfield circuit and on impact the aircraft burst into flames.

Burial details:

Sgt. Glanville Owen John. St. Fagan Churchyard, Aberdare. S. E. Corner Chancel. Son of James and Elizabeth John of Trecynon, Aberdare, Wales.

Sgt. Ronald Crebbin. Liverpool (Allerton) Cemetery. Sec. 29. C.of E. Grave 702. Son of Charles P. Crebbin and Betsy Crebbin of Liverpool, England. Grave inscription: 'He Lived To Give Happiness To Others And Died To Make It Secure'.

Researched by Aircrew Remembered, researcher and specialist genealogist Kate Tame for relatives of this crew. Acknowledgements, Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vol's. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

KTY Updated 22.11.2019

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, Michel Beckers, Major Fred Paradie (RCAF) and MWO François Dutil (RCAF) - Paradie Archive (on this site), Jean Schadskaje, Major Jack O'Connor USAF (Retd.), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Archiwum - Polish Air Force Archive (on this site), Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Franek Grabowski, Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of CWGC, UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, New Zealand National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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