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Coastal Command Crest
30.08.1941 No. 5 OTU Beaufort I N1160 F/0. Little

Operation: Training

Date: 30th August 1941 (Saturday)

Unit: No. 5 Operational Training Unit. 19 Group. Coastal Command

Type: Beaufort I

Serial: N1160

Code: Not known

Base: RAF Chivenor, Devon

Location: Bristol Channel off Saunton Sands

Pilot: F/O. Kenneth Treloar Little AUS/400149 RAAF Age 24. Killed

Obs: P/O. David Giffin Doole NZ/403833 RNZAF Age 29. Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Douglas Robert Reader 1261741 RAFVR Age 25. Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Francis Philip Pilkington 1283171 RAFVR Age 19. Killed


During a low level attack on tower target the Beaufort sideslipped after making a turn at 15:35 hrs.

The aircraft, out of control, then crashed into the channel about half a mile off Saunton Sands. At first they were all classified as missing, believed killed but 3 bodies were later recovered.

The investigation into the accident noted that it was an extremely bright day and difficult to judge the height from the water in certain conditions.

Burial details:

F/O. Kenneth Treloar Little. Heanton Punchardon (St. Augustine) Churchyard. Row K Grave 15. Born on the 12th November 1916 at Camberwell, Victoria, the son of Edgar T. Little and Fanny W. Little, of Camberwell, Victoria, Australia. A merchant by trade prior to service. Grave inscription: "Greatly Loved".

P/O. David Giffin Doole. Heanton Punchardon (St. Augustine) Churchyard. Row L Grave 13. Born on the 14th April 1912 at Frasertown, the son of Dennis Giffin Doole and Mary Jane Doole (nee Charters), of Hastings, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand. A teacher at Hawkes Bay Education Board prior to service.

Sgt. Douglas Robert Reader. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 51. Son of Mr. and Mrs. H. Reader, of Gillingham, Kent, England.

Sgt. Francis Philip Pilkington. Rainham Churchyard (St. Margaret). Grave 417. Son of Alfred Robert and Edith Rachel Pilkington, of Rainham, Gillingham, Kent, England. Grave inscription: "The Memory Of The Past Will Stay".

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this crew with thanks to the research by Errol Martyn and his publications: “For Your Tomorrow Vols. 1-3”, Auckland Library Heritage Collection, National Archives of Australia, other sources as quoted below:

KTY 12.09.2019

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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