30.08.1943 No. 29 OTU Wellington III BJ967 'F' Sgt. Wilder
Operation: Special Task (Foret d'Eperlecques)
Date: 30th August 1943 (Monday)
Unit: No. 29 OTU (Operational Training Unit)
Type: Wellington III
Base: RAF Bruntingthorpe, Leicestershire
Location: English Channel
Pilot: Sgt. Terrence Archie Wilder 1338963 RAF Rescued. (1)
Fl/Eng: Sgt. Alexander Denholm Trotter 1546300 RAFVR Age 22. Missing - believed killed
Nav: Sgt. John (Johnny) Scott 1550748 RAFVR Age 21. Missing - believed killed
Air/Bmr: Sgt. Albert William Raggett 1391333 RAFVR Age 19. Missing - believed killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. Albert Joseph Oakes 1040150 RAFVR Age 21. Missing - believed killed
Air/Gnr: Sgt. William Harold McDonald AUS/418760 RAAF Age 20. Missing - believed killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Wellington BJ967 took off from RAF Bruntingthorpe to bomb an ammunition dump in the Foret d'Eperlecques north of St. Omer, France. The aircraft was returning home when a fire broke out in the starboard engine.
It is believed that the aircraft ditched at 22:30hrs off Newhaven. This was the first time during 1943 that OTU's had supplied crews for bombing operations, but these crews were confined to targets in Northern France. This was a successful operation and large explosions were seen
(1) Sgt. Wilder was rescued the following day at 10:30hrs having managed to get into the aircraft's dingy
Third row from the back LAC William Harold McDonald at No. 4 Initial Training School RAAF, at Victor Harbour, South Australia. Sgt. John (Jonny) Scott
Construction work at the Watten site 1944. Aerial view of the V-2 site near Watten, France.
Runnymede Memorial. Sgt. John Scott is remembered on the Lossiemouth War Memorial
Sgt. Alexander Denholm Trotter. Runnymede Memorial, Surrey. Panel 167. Son of Alexander Denholm Trotter and Christina Trotter of Felton, Northumberland. Alexander is remembered in the Duke's Middle School Book of Remembrance, Alnwic, England.
Sgt. John (Johnny) Scott. Runnymede Memorial, Surrey. Panel 164. Stepson of John and Margaret Scott of Lossiemouth, Morayshire. Born in 1921 Johnny had lived at 9 Kinneddar Street and is remembered on the Lossiemouth War Memorial, Scotland.
Sgt. Albert William Raggett. Runnymede Memorial, Surrey. Panel 162. Son of Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Raggett of Tottenham, Middlesex, England.
Fl/Sgt. Albert Joseph Oakes. Runnymede Memorial, Surrey. Panel 138. Son of John and Alice G. Oakes of Hanley, Staffordshire, England.
Sgt. William Harold McDonald. Runnymede Memorial, Surrey. Panel 196. Son of Jonathan and Annie May McDonald of St. Arnaud, Victoria, Australia. William was born on the 26 September 1922 in St.Arnaud and enlisted in Melbourne. William did part of his training at No. 4 Initial Training School RAAF, Victoria Harbour, South Australia/
Researched by: Kate Tame for Aircrew Remembered and for all the relatives and friends of the crew
Acknowledgements: With special thanks to Commonwealth War Graves Commission, W. R. Chorley - Bomber Command Losses Operational Training Units 1940-1947, Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - Bomber Command War Diaries 1939-1945, Donald Stewart - Lossiemouth Book of Remembrance, Australian National Archives, Australian War Memorial.