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R.A.F. Crest
07/08.12.1942 No.21 (O.T.U.) Wellington IC DV425 Sgt. Vincent T. Drew

Operation: Training - night circuits and landings.

Date: 7/8th December 1942 (Monday/Tuesday).

Unit: No. 21 (OTU) Operational Training Unit.

Type: Vickers Armstrong Wellington IC

Base: RAF Moreton-in-Marsh.

Serial No: DV425

Location: High Furze, Tidmington, 1 mile W of Burmington, Warwickshire.

Pilot: Sgt. Vincent Thomas Drew 1219728 RAFVR Age 28. Killed.

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Cyril Edward Raggett 1332125 RAFVR Age 20. Killed.

Air/Gnr: Sgt. Laurie Arthur McGuire AUS/412070 RAAF Age 23. Killed.


This aircraft took off from its base at Moreton-in-Marsh for night circuits and landings. While so engaged it began to rain quite heavily and the crew were advised to hold off until the storm had passed. 

Unfortunately, control of the aircraft was lost and the bomber came down four miles downwind of the flare path at 00.05 hours, hitting the high ground at High Furze, which lies approximately two miles SSW of Shipston-on-Stour, Warwickshire. Sadly all three crew members perished in the crash.

High Furze on right, behind trees (courtesy Michael Dibb - see credits)

Left: Grave of Sgt. Vincent Thomas Drew (courtesy Graeme Clarke)

Burial details:

Sgt. Drews lies in the Walsall (Ryecroft) Cemetery. Sec 14. Grave. 317. Son of George and Sarah Jane Drew, of Walsall, husband of Elsie Drew, of Great Barr, Birmingham, England.

Sgt. Raggett rests in Hoo St. Werburgh Churchyard, Kent. Son of Cecil Edward and Clara Blanche Raggett, of Hoo, Kent, England.

Sgt. McGuire was buried locally at Moreton-in-Marsh New Cemetery. Sec.K Grave.32. Son of Albert John and Eliza McGuire, of Kingstown New South Wales, Australia.

Researched with thanks to Graeme Clarke for sending the grave photograph. With thanks to Michael Dibb for area photograph.

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