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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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RAF Crest
28.04.1942 No. 22 OTU Wellington Ic R3198 Fl/Sgt. Jacob A. Schweitzer

Operation: Circuits and Landings

Date: 28th April 1942

Unit: No. 22 OTU (Operational Training Unit)

Type: Wellington Ic

Serial: R3198

Code: -

Base: RAF Wellesbourne Mountford

Location: Lowe Farm, Wellesbourne

Pilot: Fl/Sgt. Jacob Adam Schweitzer R/85216 RCAF Age 20. Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Herbert Charles Crouch NZ/41638 RNZAF Age 24. Killed

Air/Gnr: Sgt. John Patrick Williams R/77403 RCAF Age 23. Killed

Relatives of the crew, in particular, Sgt. Crouch contacted us in January 2016 hoping that someone, somewhere may have a photo of the crew or Sgt. Crouch? Can you assist - contact us in the first instance.


Taking off from RAF Wellesbourne Mountford in Warwickshire on a circuits and landings practice. At about 05:00 hrs whilst in a steep turn control was lost with the aircraft crashing to the left of the airfield at Lowe Farm. No further details available.

Burial details:

Fl/Sgt. Jacob Adam Schweitzer. Stratford-On-Avon Cemetery. Grave 4182. Son of Jacob and Phylliss Schweitzer, of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Sgt. Herbert Charles Crouch. Stratford-On-Avon Cemetery. Grave 4183. Son of Blanche Lillian Crouch and stepson of Charles Hansen Skjoth, of Petone, Wellington, New Zealand.

Sgt. John Patrick Williams. Stratford-On-Avon Cemetery. Grave 4153. Son of Mr. and Mrs. James A. Williams, of Labadie Street, Montreal, Province of Quebec, Canada.

Researched for Walter Bunker, relative of Sgt. Herbert Crouch and dedicated to all the other relatives of the crew. For further details our thanks to the following sources shown below.

KTY 12.01.2016

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