Date: 23rd June 1941 (Monday)
Unit: No. 13 Operational Training Unit. 7 Group
Type: Blenheim IV
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
REASON FOR LOSS:
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.
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.
Next of kin details not available - are you able to assist?
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:
At the going down of the sun, and in the morning we will remember
them. - Laurence
All site material (except as noted elsewhere) is owned or managed by Aircrew Remembered and should not be used without prior permission.
© Aircrew Remembered 2012 - 2023 Last Modified: 19 June 2021, 17:27