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RAF Crest

Operation: Training

Date: 17th July 1942 (Friday)

Unit: No. Staff Pilots Training Unit

Type: Anson I

Serial: R9640

Code: -

Base: RAF Cark, Lancashire (now Cumbria)

Location: North Barrule, Isle of Man

Pilot: Fl/Sgt. Alexander Cameron Gibson R/102011 RCAF Age 21. Killed

Obs: Sgt. Peter Anselm Dorman 1269608 RAFVR Age 22. Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Stanley James Parsons 1124488 RAFVR Age 21. Killed


The aircraft with a crew of three was on a navigational exercise when weather conditions deteriorated as they were over the north of the Isle of Man.

At about 11:30 hrs, flying in low cloud, they hit the lower slopes of North Barrule, the second highest peak on the island, close to Park Llewellyn farm.

Two of the crew were killed and one was found alive when the farmer, Mr Elliot Jackson, reached the scene. Sadly, the survivor died a short time later.

Burial details:

Fl/Sgt. Alexander Cameron Gibson. St. Patrick’s Churchyard, Jurby. Grave 342. The son of Alexander Cameron Gibson and Bertha (nee Bohrson) Gibson of Dunville, Ontario, Canada. He had previously served as a Rifleman with the Regina Rifle Regiment from July 1939 until April 1941 when he transferred to the RCAF. Grave inscription reads: "One Who Held. We Fall To Rise, Are Baffled To Fight Better, Sleep To Wake".

Sgt. Peter Anselm Dorman. Downham Market Cemetery. Row 3, grave 41. The son of the Rev. Wilfrid Bertram Salisbury Dorman, and Alice Marguerite (née Cregoe) Dorman, of The Rectory, Downham Market, Norfolk, England. Grave inscription reads: "In Dear Memory. Killed On Active Service. May Light Perpetual Shine Upon Him".

Sgt. Stanley James Parsons. Anfield Cemetery, Liverpool. C of E Sec. 12, Grave 140. The son of Michael J. and Elizabeth (née Wilson) Parsons of 39 Skipton Road, Liverpool, England.

Researched by Michael McQuaid and HamishK for Aircrew Remembered - November 2018 and dedicated to the relatives of this crew with thanks to sources indicated below.

KTY - 27.11.2018

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