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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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RAF Crest
10.02.1942 No. 11 OTU Wellington Ic X9905 Sgt. William Mance

Operation: Training

Date: 10th February 1942 (Tuesday)

Unit: No. 11 OTU (Operational Training Unit - 6 Group)

Type: Wellington Ic

Serial: X9905

Code: No known

Base: RAF Steeple Morden

Location: Corn Way, London

Pilot: Sgt. William Mance 1265410 RAFVR Age 28. Killed

Pilot: Sgt. John Shamrock Taylor 1024292 RAFVR Age 28. Killed

Obs: Fl/Sgt. Harold Ernest Jowett R/64869 RCAF Age 20. Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Allen Charles Elliot Rogers 964849 RAFVR Age 26. Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Arthur Wilfred Ford 1310041 RAFVR Age 29. Killed

Air/Gnr: Sgt. Arthur James Foote AUS/407557 RAAF Age 26. Killed


Details to carry out a night cross country exercise the crew took off from RAF Steeple Morden at 18:27 hrs.

Weather conditions were described as poor with patchy fog and rain. At around 20:35 hrs the Aellingon came down on the Harrow Green School in Corn Way, London - killing all the crew and 5 civilian Air Raid Precaution Rescue staff that were based in the building (details listed below).

A Blue Plaque erected by the Waltham Forest Heritage Group has been placed on buildings where the school once stood.

Burial details:

Sgt. William Mance. Brookwood Military Cemetery. Grave 21.B.2. Son of William and Emma Mance, husband of Kathleen Janet Mance, of Eastcote, Pinner, Middlesex, England.

Sgt. John Shamrock Taylor. Haigh Churchyard (St. David). Grave 340. Son of Annie Taylor, of Whelley, husband of Harriet Taylor, of Whelley, England.

Fl/Sgt. Harold Ernest Jowett. Bassingbourn Cum Kneesworth Cemetery. Row FF. Grave 13. Son of Alfred Rayner Jowett and Maud Aletta Jowett, of River Hebert, Cumberland Co., Nova Scotia, Canada.

Sgt. Allen Charles Elliot Rogers. Bassingbourn Cum Kneesworth Cemetery. Row EE. Grave 10. Son of William and Ethel Frances Rogers, husband of Florence Olive Rogers, of Welling, Kent, England.

Sgt. Arthur Wilfred Ford. Bassingbourn Cum Kneesworth Cemetery. Row EE. Grave 9. Son of Thomas and Elsie M. Ford, husband of Muriel Rosalind Ford, of Witham, Essex, England.

Sgt. Arthur James Foote. Bassingbourn Cum Kneesworth Cemetery. Row EE. Grave 11. Born on the 15th October 1915 at Adelaide, the son of William Buchanan Foote and Fanny Foote, of Adelaide, South Australia.

Civilians from the ARP Rescue Service:

Henry Arthur Edwards Age 46. Leyton Municipal Cemetery. Husband of Florence Edwards, of 37 Holloway Road, Leytonstone, London, England.

Joseph George Smith Age 34. Leyton Municipal Cemetery. Husband of Louisa Smith, of 33 Avenue Road, Leytonstone, London, England.

James Edwin Goreham Age 37. Leyton Municipal Cemetery. Son of the late James Ernest (injured at this address and died later that day on the 17th September 1940 at Whipps Hospital) and Hannah Gorham, of 78 Woodhouse Road, Leytonstone, husband of Elsie Kate Gorham of 49 Beechcroft, Leytonstone, London, England. Leytonstone, London, England.

Walter George Black Age 21. Leyton Municipal Cemetery. Son of Frederick James and Ivy Gladys Vera Black, of 26 Nutfield Road, Leytonstone, London, England. Leytonstone, London, England.

Albert Edward Stanion Age 29. Leyton Municipal Cemetery. Son of E.L. Stanion, of 55 Addison Road, Wanstead, London, England and of the late Thomas Stanion.

With thanks to Geoffrey Gillon for photographs and for bringing this loss to our attention. For further details our thanks to the following sources shown below.

KTY 22.04.2018

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