19.12.1943 138 Squadron Halifax II BB364 NF-R Sgt. Hubert G. Williams
Date: 19th December 1943 (Sunday)
Unit: No. 138 Squadron (Special Duties)
Type: Halifax II
Base: RAF Tempsford, Bedfordshire
Location: Arlesey, Bedfordshire
Pilot: Sgt. Hubert Gwyn Williams 1394323 RAFVR Age 21. Killed
Fl/Eng: Sgt. Stanley Higham 1523110 RAFVR Age 23. Killed
Nav: Sgt. Harold Maitland Houghton 1543667 RAFVR Age 22. Killed
Nav 2: P/O. Cyril Arthur Woolldridge 155858 RAFVR Age 32. Killed
Air/Bmr: Sgt. Joseph Norman Polland 1485923 RAFVR Age 31. Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Frank Henry Adams 1395215 RAFVR Age 22. Killed
Air/Gnr: Sgt. John Edward Mooney 1032093 RAFVR Age 28. Killed
Air/Gnr: Sgt. Cyril Addison Kidd 2210121 RAFVR Age ? Killed
PX: Sgt. Alexander John MacIntyre 873863 RAF Age 36. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
During a container dropping exercise over RAF Henlow airfield the Halifax struck one of the tall chimneys at the Arlesey Brickworks south east of the target area at 19:25 hrs. The aircraft crashed in flames - killing all the crew.
We welcome any further information on this.
Sgt. Hubert Gwyn Williams. Holy Trinity churchyard, Taliaris, Carmarthenshire. South West part. The son of Joseph and Sarah Williams, of Manordilo, Carmarthenshire, Wales.
Sgt. Stanley Higham. St Peters church, Mawdesley. Grave 35. The son of James and Margaret Higham, of Mawdesley, Lancashire, England.
Sgt. Harold Maitland Houghton. Ridgmont Cemetery, Horwich. C of E Section 2, grave 0.25. The son of Ernest and Annie Houghton, of Horwich, Lancashire, England.
Sgt. Joseph Norman Polland. Dundonald Cemetery, Belfast, Co. Antrim. Grave E.2.766. The son of Samuel and Sara Polland, of Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Sgt. Frank Henry Adams. Islington Cemetery and Crematorium, London. Sec. O. Block 9. Grave 21184P. The son of Frank Henry and Violet Elizabeth Adams and husband of Elizabeth May Adams, of Islington, London, England.
P/O. Cyril Arthur Woolldridge. Brookwood Military Cemetery, Surrey. Grave 21.C.19. The son of Laurence Cyril and Marie Elizabeth Woolldridge and husband of Lena Marguerite Woolldridge, of Bromley, Kent, England.
Sgt. John Edward Mooney. Ford Cemetery, Liverpool. Grave AE88. The son of William and Johanna Mooney, of Liverpool and husband of Robina Josephine Mooney, of Kensington, Liverpool, England.
Sgt. Cyril Addison Kidd. Kirkdale cemetery, Liverpool. C of E section 20. Grave 422. The son of Frederick Robert and May Kidd and husband of Jane Elizabeth Kidd, of Liverpool, England.
Sgt. Alexander John MacIntyre. Brookwood Military Cemetery, Surrey. Grave 21. Son of Malcolm and Cecilia Macintyre, of Glasgow and husband of Gertrude Macintyre, of Glasgow, Scotland.
Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this crew with thanks to Mike McQuaid for grave photos and information. Also to wertypop for Brookwood Cemetery photos. Other sources as shown below.