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22.04.1940 No. 16 OTU Hampden I L4148 Fl/Lt. Jones

Operation: Air Test

Date: 22nd April 1940 (Monday)

Unit: No. 16 OTU (Operational Training Unit)

Type: Hampden I

Serial: L4148

Base: RAF Upper Heyford, Oxfordshire

Location: Between Souldern and Fritwell, South East of Banbury, Oxfordshire.

Pilot: Fl/Lt. B.P. Jones. RAF Survived.

Obs: L.A.C. Robert Holt 570723 RAF Age 20. Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: L.A.C. John Fisher Dobson 568823 RAF Age 20. Killed


Taking off from RAF Upper Heyford, Oxfordshire on an air test.

During the flight the ailerons failed to resound to the pilots controls and Fl/Lt. Jones gave the order to bale out of the aircraft.

Sadly at 16:20hrs. the Hamden I dived into the ground. No details if the two killed were still in the aircraft or that they had baled out and killed in the descent.

It is thought that the pilot Fl/Lt. B.P. Jones survived the war.

Burial details:

L.A.C. Robert Holt. Sheffield (Tinsley park) Cemetery. Sec. T.A. Grave 59. Son of Frederick and Grace Lilian Holt, of Sheffield, England.

L.A.C. John Fisher Dobson. Est Retford Cemetery. Sec. B.D. Grave 761. Son of John and Evelyn Annie Dobson, of Retford, England. Grave inscription reads; "Happy Memories Cherished Ever Of The Days When We Were All Together".

Researched for relatives of the crew with additional information from Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses' Vol. 7, The Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Thanks also to Stephen Farnell for bringing this loss to our attention.

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