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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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RAF Crest
OTU Blenheim IV V5751 Sgt. Taylor

Operation: Training

Date: 23rd June 1941 (Monday)

Unit: No. 13 Operational Training Unit. 7 Group

Type: Blenheim IV

Serial: V5751

Code: -

Base: RAF Bicester. Oxfordshire

Location: Ambrosden, Oxfordshire

Pilot: Sgt. Leslie Morley Taylor 1180052 RAFVR Age 19. Killed

Obs: Sgt. Lesley Charles Botterman 929256 RAFVR Age 28. Killed

Air/Gnr: Sgt. William Harvey Kenneth Annetts 922597 RAFVR Age 21. Killed


During a training exercise the Blenheim crashed at 12:50 hrs north of Ambrosden and then caught fire.

All three crew following what was thought to have been engine failure.

Burial details:

Sgt. Leslie Morley Taylor. South Stoneham Cemetery. Sec. M. 3. Grave 142. Son of William Morley Taylor and Ivy Taylor, of 45 Blenheim Gardens Highfield, Southampton. Grave inscription: 'We Thank God For His Life: It Was So Short But It Was Of The Greatest Beauty'.

Sgt. Lesley Charles Botterman. Potters Bar Church Cemetery (St. Mary). Grave 739.

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Sgt. William Harvey Kenneth Annetts. South Tidworth Church Cemetery (St. Mary). S.E. Corner. Attended Portsmouth Grammar School 1930-1935. Son of William Harvey Annetts and Marian Wells Annetts, of Hindhead, Surrey. Private family grave.

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of these crew members, with thanks to Portsmouth Grammar School, Sussex History Forum, other sources as quoted below:

KTY 19-06-2021

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