06/07.04.1943 No. 9 Squadron Lancaster III ED662 WS-P Sgt. Arthur Ingram
Date: 06/07th April 1943 (Tuesday/Wednesday)
Unit: No. 9 Squadron
Type: Lancaster III
Base: RAF Mildenhall, Suffolk.
Location: Kennyhill, Suffolk.
Pilot: Sgt. Arthur England Ingram 1127598 RAFVR Age 22. Killed
Fl/Eng: Sgt. Alan James McCoy 570381 RAF Age 22. Killed
Nav: Sgt. Frank Worrall 1138238 RAFVR Age 22. Killed
Air/Bmr: Sgt Gordon Boyd Walker 1551590 RAFVR Age 19. Killed (1)
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Alfred Henry Page 1135765 RAFVR Age 21. Killed
Air/Gnr: Sgt. Henry Wells 1413221 RAFVR Age 20. Killed
Air/Gnr: P/O. James Frederick Leleu 132410 RAFVR Age 33. Killed
Attached: Lt. George Philip Johnson 228198 105 HAA Regt. - 9 Sqd. Age 29. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
During a training exercise ‘Bullseye’ (1) the Lancaster crashed at 03.30 hrs in the village of Kennyhill - no exact location available.
The cause of the accident is described as total engine failure. No further details are available at time of page creation.
1) His brother Sub/Lt. John Ian Russell Walker was also killed - just a couple of weeks previously on the 27th March 1943 on board the Aircraft Carrier HMS Dasher. (see above)
A very sad series of events that occurred in the Clyde, then an apparent government ‘cover up’ took over. A great deal has been written about this and information available on the internet and other sources. Buried at the same Cemetery in Scotland.
(2) A training flight over towns in England, to learn evasion techniques for search lights and night fighters.
Sgt. Arthur England Ingram. Bilton (St. Peter) Churchyard. Sec. 1. Grave 12. Son of William and Lilian Ingram, of Bilton, Hull, England
Sgt. Alan James McCoy. Beck Row Churchyard. Row D. Grave 3. Son of Albert James McCoy and Edith Gertrude McCoy, of Biggin Hill, Kent, England
Sgt. Frank Worrall. Barnsley Cemetery. Sec. P. Grave 217. Son of Robert and Zilpha Worrall, of Barnsley, England.
Sgt Gordon Boyd Walker. Mearns Cemetery. Sec. D. Joint grave 181. Son of Ernest Gordon Walker and Margaret Boyd Walker, of ‘Dunolly’, Kilmarnock Road, Newton Mearns, Scotland. Born 19th May 1923.
Sgt. Alfred Henry Page. Stockton-on-Tess (Oxbridge Lane) Cemetery. Sec. E. C. of E. Row W. Grave 19.G B. Son of Alfred William and Helen Elizabeth Page, of Stockton-on-Tees, England.
Sgt. Henry Wells. Cardiff Cemetery. Sec. E.Q. Grave 69. Son of John and Catherine Wells, of Roath, Cardiff, Wales.
P/O. James Frederick Leleu. Beck Row Churchyard. Row D. Grave 2. Son of James Frederick and Maud Leleu, husband of Adele Leleu, of Cuffley, Hertfordshire, England.
Lt. George Philip Johnson. East Finchley Cemetery. Sec. S5. Grave 65. Son of Samuel Johnson, M.C. and Mary Elizabeth Johnson, of Finchley, husband of Nancy Johnson, of Finchley, England.
Researched for Rosemary Gordon - a ‘very special friend’ to the family of Sgt. Alfred Henry Page and dedicated to all relatives of this crew and the Army officer attached. Also to William G. Duncan for information on the pilot. With thanks for further information to Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vol's. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Commonwealth War Graves Commission.