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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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148 Squadron Wellesley I K7732 Sgt. Ronald Ashley Cowan

Operation: Training

Date: 29th September 1938 (Thursday)

Unit: No. 148 Squadron (motto: 'Trusty')

Type: Vickers Wellesley I

Serial: K7732

Code: T48

Base: RAF Stradishall, Suffolk

Location: Kedington, Suffolk

Pilot: Sgt. Ronald Ashley Cowan 562459 RAF Age 26. Killed

Pilot: Sgt. Harry Newby 564941 RAF Age 23. Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: AC2. Peter Asquith Corp 550723 Age 18. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

Flying on a navigation exercise when the aircraft dived through cloud. The port wing became detached. It appeared that one crew member attempted to bail out but not at sufficient height for his parachute to deploy.

Two of the crew were killed in the crash after it exploded in flames on impact.

The subsequent board of enquiry found that the Wellesley was not fitted with instruments that permitted the pilots to fly in cloud.

Above: The memorial and plaque on the wall inside Kedington Community Centre. Unveiled on the 17th September 2022.

Above K7732 at RAF Stradishall.

Burial details:

Sgt. Ronald Ashley Cowan. No burial details. Husband of Mrs. Miriam Edith Cowan of The Dell, Great Milton, Oxfordshire, England. Wings awarded on the 20th February 1936 whilst with No. 6 Flying Training School at Netheravon, Wiltshire.

Sgt. Harry Newby. Barrow Cemetery and Crematorium. Son of George (died 20th March 1958, age 81) and Kate Newby (died 26th April 1944, age 66) of Barrow in Furnace, England. Wings awarded on the 26th March 1936 whilst with No. 3 Flying Training School at South Cerney, Gloucestershire.

AC2. Peter Asquith Corp, Northern Cemetery/Crematorium. Son of Artie Corp (died 04th June 1949, age 61) and Edith Corp (died 06th September 1980) of Hull, England

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this crew with thanks to the sources shown below, National Archive, Kew, Furness Stories behind the stones, Kevin Betts of the Kedington air memorial group.

Other sources as quoted below:

KTY 11-08-2023

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