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RAF Crest
17.01.1942 No. 12 OTU Wellington Ic R1340 Sgt. Wilson

Operation: Training

Date: 17th January 1942 (Saturday)

Unit: No. 12 Operational Training Unit 6 Group

Type: Wellington Ic

Serial: R1340

Code: -

Base: RAF Chipping Warden, Northamptonshire

Location: At base

Pilot: Sgt. Arthur Roy Wilson NZ/411963 RNZAF Age 24. Killed (note)

Pilot: Sgt. Kenneth Stanley Rogers NZ/411939 RNZAF Age 26. Killed

Pilot: F/O. John Clarke Huston 89837 RAFVR Age 27. Killed


At 11:15 hrs the crew took off on a landing practice exercise.

During take off the aircraft swung to the right after the starboard engine cut out. The Wellington then struck a tree killing all the 3 crew members.

The two New Zealand pilots (courtesy Jenifer Lemaire)

NOTE: The brother of Arthur Wilson lost his life on the 21st May 1941. 27 year old, Sgt. John Colin Wilson NZ/40746 RNZAF flying as an observer with 107 Squadron. On an anti-shipping strike in a Blenheim IV when the aircraft was hit by flak killing John. The pilot managed to return to base.

Burial details:

Sgt. Arthur Roy Wilson. Brookwood Military Cemetery. Grave 2.A.8. Born on the 22nd September 1917 at Wellington, the son of John Francis Wilson and of Eva Kathleen Wilson (née Madden), of Epsom, Auckland, New Zealand. Prior to service worked as an assistant accountant for the Radio Corporation of New Zealand. A total of 190 flying hours logged with 103 solo on the Wellington.

Sgt. Kenneth Stanley Rogers. Brookwood Military Cemetery. Grave 2.A.7. Born on the 16th August 1915 at Hawera, the son of Arthur and Mercy Emily Rogers (née Tucker), of Claudelands, Auckland, New Zealand. Branch Manager for Marriot Stores Ltd prior to service. A total of 185 flying hours logged.

F/O. John Clarke Huston. Brookwood Military Cemetery. Grave 24.A.5. Son of Noble and Jessie Huston and husband of Joy Huston, of Hampstead, London, England. Grave inscription: 'Absent From The Body At Home With The Lord'.


Sgt. John Colin Wilson. Little Massingham Churchyard (St. Andrew), Norfolk. Born on the 10th January 1914 at Wellington. Prior to service worked as a Marine Insurance Clerk for Royal Exchange Assurance. 177 Flying hours logged and having completed 13 operational sorties.

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this crew with thanks to Jenifer Lemaire and the research by Errol Martyn and his publications: “For Your Tomorrow Vols. 1-3”, Auckland Library Heritage Collection, Weekly News of New Zealand, other sources as quoted below:

KTY 04.11.2019

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