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06.06.1942 No 20 OTU Wellington IC DV713 ZT-W Fl/Sgt. Palmer

Operation: Navigation Exercise

Date: 6th June 1942 (Saturday)

Unit: No. 20 OTU (Operational Training Unit) 'D' Flight

Type: Wellington IC

Serial: DV713

Code: ZT-W

Base: RAF Lossimouth, Scotland

Location: 8 miles South East Peterhead, Scotland

Pilot: Fl/Sgt. Herbert James Palmer R/75611 RCAF Age 27. Missing

Fl/Eng: Fl/Sgt. Arthur Charles Campbell Peircey R/82350 RCAF Age 20. Missing

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Frederick Henry Mitchell 959845 RAFVR Age 29. Missing

W/Op/Air/Gnr: P/O. John Richard Walker 118969 RAF Age 31. Missing

Air/Gnr: Sgt. John Sinden 519693 RAF Age 26. Missing


According to Bomber Command Losses Volume 7 this Wellington IC left RAF Lossimouth, Scotland on a navigational exercise.

The weather detiorated during the exercise and on return to the base the crew tried to drop down beneath the clouds but sadly hit the sea some 8 miles South East of Peterhead.

Sgt. John Sinden (courtesy of Jill Clayton French and family)Portions of wreckage and perished clothing found by High speed Launch from Aberdeen, however, the bodies of the crew were never recovered and consequently they are all remembered on the Runnymede Memorial.

Left: Runnymede Memorial as photographed by Aircrew Remembered in April 2013

Burial details:

Fl/Sgt. Herbert James Palmer. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 106. Son of Herbert James Palmer and Agnes Edna Palmer, of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

Fl/Sgt. Arthur Charles Campbell Peircey. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 106. Son of Charles George and Elizabeth Peircey, of Cornwall, Ontario, Canada

Sgt. Frederick Henry Mitchell. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 89. Son of John William and Lucy Louisa Mitchell - No details of address.

P/O. John Richard Walker. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 72. Husband of Margaret E. Walker, of Southgate, Middlesex, England.

Sgt. John Sinden. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 93. Son of George and Amy Sinden, husband of Mary Sinden, of Southwark, London, England.

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this crew with thanks to Jill Clayton French, (her husbands is the great nephew of Sgt Sinden) Les Allison and Harry Hayward - 'They Shall Grow Not Old', Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses' Vol. 7, Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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