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10 Squadron Crest
30.11.1942 No. 10 Squadron Halifax II W7871 ZA-C Sq/Ldr. Barrett

Operation: Training flight

Date: 30th November 1942 (Monday)

Unit: No. 10 Squadron

Type: Halifax II

Serial: W7871

Code: ZA-C

Base: RAF Melbourne, Yorkshire

Location: Laytham Grange Farm, Yorkshire

Fl/Instr: Sq/Ldr. Gerald Spencer Barrett. 29001. RAF Age 31. Killed

Pilot: Fl/Sgt. Edward John Willmott. 1380070. RAFVR Age 21. Killed (1)

Fl/Eng: Sgt. Derick Arthur Dudley Soggee. 571587. RAF Age 22. Killed (1)

Obs: Sgt. Alan Frederick Flower. 1187916. RAFVR Age 22. Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Edward Arthur Marchant. 1377000. RAFVR Age 30. Killed

Air/Gnr: Sgt. Douglas Arnold Bellerby. 1459372. RAFVR Age 19. Killed

Air/Gnr: Sgt. Frederick Charles Clarke. 1333700. RAFVR Age 19. Killed

Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. Alfred Brewer. 1165987. RAFVR Age ? Killed (1)

Took off from RAF Melbourne at 14:28hrs for a cross country training exercise. It has never been fully established what caused this fatal accident. The aircraft dived from 300 feet and crashed 1 mile SW of the airfield and burst into flames

(1) Fl/Sgt. Edward John Willmott, Sgt. Derick Arthur Dudley Soggee and Fl/Sgt. Alfred Brewer had survived the crash of Halifax R9383 on 19th September 1942.

Sgt. Flower - Sgt. Marchant - Mayfield School Memorial Plaque

Sgt. Soggee arms folded back row

Gerald Barrett De Havilland Flying Training School

Burial details:

Sq/Ldr. Gerald Spencer Barrett. Barmby-on-the-Moor (St. Catherine) Churchyard. Row C. Grave 1. Son of Edward Ernest and Edith Geraldine Barrett. Husband of Anna Wilhelmina Barrett of Pembury, Kent. Gerald was born on the 27 June 1911 in London and had gained a flying certificate in a Tigar Moth -Gipsy-130h.p. at the De Havilland Flying Training School on the 22nd November 1938. At this time Gerald's address was 36 Wendover Court, Western Avenue, Park Royal, W3, England.

Fl/Sgt. Edward John Willmott. Binfield Cemetery, Berkshire. Grave A. 119. Son of Edward Willmott and of Margaret Willmott of Binfield, Berkshire, England.

Sgt. Derick Arthur Dudley Soggee. Barmby-on-the-Moor (St. Catherine) Churchyard. Row C. Grave 5. Son of Richard Harry and Edna Louise Soggee of Jhansi, India

Sgt. Alan Frederick Flower. Portsmouth (Kingston) Cemetery, Portsmouth, Hampshire. Plot 107 (Palin) Row 4. Grave 61. Son of Frederick Thomas Flower and Eleanor Catherine Flower of Cosham, Portsmouth. Alan was born on the 24th May 1920 and is remembered on the memorial plague of the old Northern Grammar School now Mayfield School, Portsmouth and in King's College Chapel, London. The Alan Flower Memorial Prize is awarded yearly at King's College as he attended the college from 1938 to 1940 in the Faculty of Science

Sgt. Edward Arthur Marchant. Hastings Cemetery, Sussex. Div. O. Sec. A. Grave 96. Son of Edward Arthur and Mercy Marchant. of Hastings. Husband of Betty Marjorie Marchant of Hastings, England.

Sgt. Douglas Arnold Bellerby. Barmby-on-the-Moor (St. Catherine) Churchyard. Row C. Grave 2. Son of William and Beatrice Bellerby of Eccles, Lancashire, England.

Sgt. Frederick Charles Clarke. Tottenham Cemetery, Greater London. Park Sec. Grave 2363. Don of Alfred William and Edith Florence Clarke of Cricklewood, England.

Fl/Sgt. Alfred Brewer. Ringwood cemetery, Hampshire Plot Z. Grave 283. No further information as yet

Researched by Aircrew Remembered, researcher and specialist genealogist Kate Tame for relatives of this crew. Special thanks to Jill Grey for the picture of Derick Arthur Dudley Soggee, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, W R Chorley Bomber Command Losses 1942, Find a Grave.

KTY Updated 14.11.2019

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