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Bomber Command
12.04.1944 No. 11 (Pilot) Advanced Flying Unit Oxford Mk1 LX745 B F/O. Wood

Operation: Training Exercise

Date: 12th March 1944 (Sunday)

Unit: No. 11 (Pilot) Advanced Flying Unit

Type: Airspeed Oxford Mk.1

Serial: LX745

Code: B

Base: RAF Calveley, Cheshire

Location: Shining Tor, Peak District, England

Pilot: F/O. Charles Stewart Grant Wood 155765. RAFVR Age 33. Killed

Pilot U/T: F/O. Gerald Campbell Liggett J/35331. RCAF Age 22. Killed

Nav: Sgt. Joseph George (Joe) Hall 1338841. RAFVR Age 21. KilledREASON FOR LOSS:

This aircraft was on a training flight from RAF Calveley and may have crashed due to bad weather. Oxford LX745 crashed on Shining Tor in the Peak District.

F/O. Gerald Campbell Liggett

The funeral ceremony for F/O. Wood, F/O. Liggett and Sgt. Hall - Mayfield School Memorial Sgt. Hall

Burial details:

F/O. Charles Stewart Grant Wood. Chester (Blacon) Cemetery, Cheshire. Sec. A. Grave 542. Son of James Wood, M.A., B.Sc., F.C.I.S. and Jessie Gordon Wood (nee Grant) Husband of Doris Joyce Wood of Prestwich, Lancashire, England.

F/O. Gerald Campbell Liggett. Chester (Blacon) Cemetery, Cheshire. Sec. A. Grave 1106. Son of John Campbell Liggett and Anna Josephine Liggett of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Gerald was born on 23rd October 1921 in Ontario.

Sgt. Joseph George (Joe) Hall. Chester (Blacon) Cemetery, Cheshire. Sec. A. Grave 630. Son of Percy Arthur and Winifred Constance Hall of North End, Portsmouth, England.

Researched by: Kate Tame for Aircrew Remembered and for all the relatives of the crew. Acknowledgements: With special thanks to David Fuller for the picture of F/O. Liggett and the funeral ceremony, The Commonwealth War Graves Commission

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