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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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08/09.09.1943 No. 15 AFU Oxford I BG270 Sgt. Jones

Operation: Training

Date: 08/09th September 1942 (Tuesday/Wednesday)

Unit: No. 15 Pilots Advanced Flying Unit - 21 Group

Type: Oxford I

Serial: BG270

Code: None issued

Base: RAF Leconsfield, Yorkshire

Location: RAF Kirmington

Pilot Inst: Sgt. Charles Glynn Jones NZ/413083 RNZAF Age 20. Killed

Pilot UT: Sgt. Morris Randolph Mitchell 605448 RAF Age 22. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

Taking off on a dual check flight at about 03:00 hrs when it failed to climb away and crashed a few minutes later into high ground South South East of airfield.


Both pilots were killed. Reports state that the pilot instructor, Sgt. Jones, was suffering fatigue after being overworked as the contributing factor into the cause of the accident.

Burial details:

Sgt. Charles Glynn Jones. Brigg Cemetery. Plot C. Grave 375. Son of Oscar Jones, and of Phyllis Gertrude Jones, of Papatoetoe, Auckland, New Zealand. A total of 450 flying hours logged with 309 of these solo and 266 on the Oxford.

Sgt. Morris Randolph Mitchell. Brigg Cemetery. Plot B. Uncons. Grave 186. Son of Dr. Morris Randolph Mitchell and Grace Lucille Mitchell (née Gates), of Van Nuys, California, USA. Grave inscription reads: 'That Freedom Might Live'.

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot with thanks to the research by Errol Martyn and his publications: “For Your Tomorrow Vols. 1-3”, Auckland War Memorial Museum, Weekly News of New Zealand, other sources as quoted below:

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Acknowledgements: Sources used by us in compiling Archive Reports include: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vols. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vols. 1 and 2', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Tom Kracker - Kracker Luftwaffe Archives, Michel Beckers, Major Fred Paradie (RCAF) and MWO François Dutil (RCAF) - Paradie Archive (on this site), Jean Schadskaje, Major Jack O'Connor USAF (Retd.), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Franek Grabowski, Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of CWGC, UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, New Zealand National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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