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RAF Crest
14.10.1941 No. 15 OTU. Wellington IC R1783 Sgt. Beverley

Operation: Nickel (Dropping Leaflets)

Date: 14th October 1941 (Tuesday)

Unit: No. 15 Operational Training Unit

Type: Wellington IC

Serial: R1783

Base: RAF Mount Farm, Oxfordshire

Location: Barville, Eure, France

Pilot: Sgt. Albert Edward Rathbone Beverley 532443 RAF Age 23. Killed

2nd Pilot: Sgt. Wallace Howell Box 613172 RAF Age 21. Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Donald Archibald Cameron R/65210 RCAF Age ? Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. William Scott Barclay R/69651 RCAF Age 28. Killed

Air/Gnr: Sgt. William Michael McGarry 1379359 RAFVR Age ? Killed

Air Obs: Sgt. Douglas Alexander Rutherford R/71664 RCAF Age 31. Killed

Took off at 19:05 hrs. from RAF Mount Farm on a leaflet dropping mission to Orleans and then Dreux, France. The aircraft was also carrying 2 x 250lb delayed action bombs.

The aircraft was claimed by a Flak Unit and crashed at Barville, Eure, France.

Sgt. D.A. Cameron. (Courtesy of Veterans Affairs Canada - Glace Bay High School Year Book 1947) and Sgt. D.A. Rutherford (Courtesy of Veterans Affairs Canada - Globe & Mail October 18th 1941)

Burial details:

The graves are in the south-eastern corner of the churchyard. Visited by Aircrew Remembered 2013.

Sgt. Albert Edward Rathbone Beverley. Barville Churchyard. Grave 2. Son of Albert and Emma Beverley of Weaste, Salford, Lancashire. Husband of Dorothy May Beverley of Weaste. Albert and Dorothy were married in 1940. Albert is remembered on the St. Luke's, Weaste, War Memorial

Sgt. Wallace Howell Box. Barville Churchyard. Grave 3. Son of William T. Box and Catherine Box of Yrysddu, Monmouthshire

Sgt. Donald (Donnie) Archibald Cameron. Barville Churchyard. Grave 4. Son of Mr. and Mrs. John H. Cameron. Donald was born in Glace Bay and enlisted in June 1940. He trained at Toronto, Calgary and Mossbank, Sask.

Grave photographs courtesy of the author, Kate Tame - available in a higher resolution to any of the relatives.

Sgt. William Scott Barclay. Barville Churchyard. Grave 1. Son of James Alexander Barclay and Clara Barclay of Toronto, Ontario. William was born on the 21st November 1912 in Brantford, Ontario

Sgt. William Michael McGarry. Barville Churchyard. Grave 5. No further information as yet, are you able to assist?

Sgt. Douglas Alexander Rutherford. Barville Churchyard. Grave 6. Son of William Alexander Rutherford and Janet Rutherford of Toronto, Canada. Douglas was born on 9th September 1910 in Toronto and enlisted in August 1940.

Researched by: Kate Tame for Aircrew Remembered and dedicated to 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, Veterans Affairs Canada website for the copy of material - Globe and Mail October 18, 1941 and the Glace Bay High School 1947 Year Book.

KTY Updated 21.11.2019

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