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29th June 1941 9 Service Flying Training School Master I T8445 P/O. Parker

Operation: Training

Date: 29th June 1941 (Sunday)

Unit: No. 9 Service Flying Training School

Type: Miles Master I

Serial: T8445

Code: -

Base: RAF Hullavington, Cheppenham

Location: Thought to be over or near base.

Pilot: P/O. Douglas Rodwell Parker 45433 RAF Age 26. Killed

Pilot: P/O. Michael Frederick Sydney Laughton 33513 Age 20. Killed


Very few details on cause of loss bur collided with Master I T8448 flown solo by 20 year old, P/O. John Frank Saward 45342 RAF from the same unit.

All three crew members lost their lives.

Interesting in that both pilots had recently transferred from the British Army - P/0. Parker from the Royal Sussex Regiment and P/O. Saward from the Royal Artillery.

Burial details:

P/O. Douglas Rodwell Parker. Chippenham Cemetery (London Road). Sec. 1. Row H. Grave 3. Son of Edward and Alice H. Parker, of Cosham, Portsmouth. Grave inscription: 'He Died That Others May Live'.

P/O. Michael Frederick Sydney Laughton. Chippenham Cemetery (London Road). Sec. 1. Row H. Grave 2. Son of George Christian and Annie Ruth Laughton, of Elvetham, Hampshire. Grave inscription: 'Dearly Loved Son Of George Christian And Annie Ruth Laughton'.

P/O. John Frank Saward. Ipswich New Cemetery. Sec. X.E. Div. 3.Grave 51. Also remembered on the Ipswich Memorial and the Chapel Memorial at Ipswich School Worked at Marriage's Millers prior to service. Son of Albert Reginald and Ethel May Saward (nee Borman), of 53 Henry Road, Ipswich. Family grave.

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of these crew members, with thanks to Portsmouth Grammar School, Ipswich War Memorial, Ipswich School, other sources as quoted below:

KTY 17-06-2021

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