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Bomber Command Crest
11.10.1941 No. 11 OTU Wellington Ic T2556 K Sgt. McGill-Nutt

Operation: Training

Date: 15th October 1941 (Wednesday)

Unit: No. 11 Operational Training Unit. 6 Group

Type: Wellington Ic

Serial: T2556

Code: 'K'

Base: RAF Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire

Location: At airfield

Pilot: Sgt. Gordon James McGill-Nutt 391665 RNZAF Age 20. Killed

Pilot 2: Sgt. John Greener Nubley 1375467 RAFVR Age 26. Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. John Arthur Taylor 1355410 RAFVR Age 25. Killed

Air/Gnr: Sgt. E.P. Smith RAFVR Survived - injured


Weather conditions during the day were poor which prevented flying. During early evening the crew took off on a night flying practice exercise.

The aircraft overshot the runway, stalled and then crashed - immediately the aircraft caught fire. Amazing that the rear gunner survived with only slight injuries. We have no information as to if he survived the war or not.

Burial details:

Sgt. Gordon James McGill-Nutt. Bassingbourn Cum Kneesworth Cemetery. Row CC. Grave 7. Born on the 17th October 1920 at Marton, the son of Mr. John Charles and Louise Margaret McGill-Nutt (née Donnelly), of Ngaio, Wellington, New Zealand. Prior to service worked as a photographer for A.W. Blake of Wellington. 159 flying hours logged - 86 solo with 2 on the Wellington.

Sgt. John Greener Nubley. Benwell Churchyard (St. James). Sec. F. Grave 37. Son of George Renshaw Nubley and Eliza Jane Nubley, of Newcastle-on-Tyne, England. Grave inscription: "Time May Pass And Fade Away But Memories Of You Will Always Stay".

Sgt. John Arthur Taylor. City Of London Cemetery And Crematorium, Manor Park. Square 240. Grave 109839. Son of Arthur Samuel and Beatrice Ada Taylor, of Leytonstone, England.

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:

KTY 22.08.2019

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