26.04.1941 No. 54 O.T.U. Defiant I N1568 Sgt. Crozier
Operation: Night flying exercise.
Date: 26th April 1941
Unit: No. 54 O.T.U. (Operational Training Unit)
Type: Boulton Paul Defiant I
Base: R.A.F. Church Fenton
Location: Thorp Arch, near Wetherby, Yorkshire.
Pilot: Sgt. Frederick Charles Eric Crozier 908262R.A.F.V.R. Age 20. Killed
Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. George Bell 802438 R.A.F. Age 29. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Taking off from R.A.F. Church Fenton at 01.00 hrs. Shortly afterwards at 02.00 hrs they were involved in combat with a Ju 88 night fighter flown by Lt Pfeiffer of NJG2.
During evasive action at low level, the Defiant hit a tree, crashed and exploded killing both airmen instantly.
Fl/Sgt George Bell with letter to his family (reproduced for web page)
A memorial plaque dedicated to the two fallen on the 29.04.2007 can be found at Thorp Arch Church. It was erected by the brother of the pilot and the family of Fl/Sgt. Bell on April 29th 2007.
Sgt.Frederick Charles Eric Crozier. Standon (St.Mary) Churchyard. Son of Frederick William and Adelaide Bertha Crozier, of Standon, England.
Fl/Sgt. George Bell. Paisley (Hawkshead) Cemetery. Sec. S. Grave 1222. Son of Daniel and Charlotte Bell, of Paisley; husband of Mary Bell (nee Lawe), of Paisley, Scotland.
With thanks to the C.W.G.C.