04.01.1944 No. 11 OTU Wellington IC Z8793 W/O. Thomas K. Paul
Operation: Night cross-country training.
Date: 4th January 1944 (Tuesday)
Unit: No. 11 OTU (Operational Training Unit)
Type: Wellington IC
Base: RAF Westcott. Buckinghamshire.
Location: Brockhurst Wood, Farnham Common
Pilot (Instructor): W/O. Thomas Keith Paul NZ/41525 RNZAF Age 26. Killed (1)
Pilot 2: Fl/Sgt. Arthur Lawson Coulter 421358 RNZAF Age 23. Killed
Nav: Sgt. Ernest Clayton 1602352 RAFVR Age 21. Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. Jack O'Callaghan 426153 RNZAF Age 21. Killed
Air/Gnr: Sgt. Clive W. Estcourt RNZAF Survived
Air/Gnr: Sgt. Victor Edmond Payne 1627385 RAFVR Age 19. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Took off on a night cross-country training exercise although other reports state that it was a practice high level bombing run on a range.
Above L-R: W/O. Thomas Paul, Fl/Sgt. Arthur Coulter, Fl/Sgt. Jack O'Callaghan, Sgt. Clive Estcourt (courtesy Charles Gray, K. Beauchamp and Kate Tame)
At around 02.00 hrs the aircraft hit barrage balloon cables and crashed into trees at Brockhurst Wood on Farnham Common.
Sgt. Clive W. Estcourt survived baling out, landing in trees uninjured.
Mrs Florence Payne visiting the stained glass window in remembrance to the crew. Newspaper cutting. (courtesy Slough Express and Kate Tame)
(1) 24/25th May 1942 W/O. Thomas Keith Paul whilst serving with 207 Squadron, escaped injured from a Lancaster I R5617 that he was piloting. Four of his crew were killed, the rear gunner, Fl/Sgt. T.A.M. Whiteman also survived.
Fl/Sgt. O'Callaghan and hIs grave at Northwood Cemetery (courtesy Kate Tame)
W/O. Thomas Keith Paul. Durham (St. Oswald's) Burial Ground. Row K. Grave 56. Son of Thomas Paul and of Margaret Isobelle Paul (née Savage), of Normandale, Wellington, New Zealand.
Fl/Sgt. Arthur Lawson Coulter. Northwood Cemetery. Sec. H. Grave 430. Son of Joseph Lawson Coulter and of Florence Ruby Coulter (née Williamson), of Auckland City, New Zealand.
Sgt. Ernest Clayton. Northwood Cemetery. Sec. H. Grave 408. Son of Ernest and Beatrice Clayton, of Southampton, England.
Fl/Sgt. Jack O'Callaghan. Northwood Cemetery. Sec. H. Grave 430. Son of Patrick O'Callaghan and of Annie O'Callaghan (née Quinn), of Lumsden Southland, New Zealand.
Sgt. Victor Edmond Payne. Northwood Cemetery. Sec. H. Grave 452. Son of Robert Victor and Florence Ivy Emily Payne, of Harrow Weald, England.
Researched by Aircrew Remembered, researcher and specialist genealogist Kate Tame (relative of Fl/Sgt. Jack O'Callaghan), dedicated to other relatives and friends of the crew.