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03.05.1942 No. 13 OTU Blenheim IV L9206 Fl/Sgt. Young

Operation: Training

Date: 02nd May 1942 (Saturday)

Unit: No. 13 Operational Training Unit. 7 Group

Type: Blenheim IV

Serial: L9206

Code: Not known

Base: RAF Bicester, Oxfordshire

Location: East of Billesdon, Leicestershire

Pilot: Fl/Sgt. James Roslyn Young R/87403 RCAF Age 22. Killed

Obs: Sgt. Hugh Morrison NZ/404987 RNZAF Age 22. Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. George William Boggess 1063352 RAFVR Age 21. Killed


Taking off on a cross country exercise when the aircraft dived vertically into the ground.

All the crew were killed in the crash and subsequent fire located 3 miles east of Billesdon at 11:35 hrs. No reason for the accident was established.

Burial details:

Fl/Sgt. James Roslyn Young. (shown right) North Luffenham Churchyard (St. John The Baptist). Grave 10. Son of James Murdoch Young and Edith Young brother of Jack and Ella, of Viscount, Saskatchewan, Canada. Educated at Viscount Consolidated High School. Grave inscription: "God Saw The Road Was Getting Rough So He Called Him Home, Saying, "Peace Be Thine".

Sgt. Hugh Morrison. (shown left) North Luffenham Churchyard (St. John The Baptist). Grave 9. Born on the 27th June 1919 at Arrowtown, the son of Thomas and Jessie Yakomeni Morrison (née Allan), of Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand and husband of Margaret Fanny Morrison (née Mitchell), of Dunedin. A clerical clerk for NZR Workshops prior to service. A total of 213 flying hours logged.

Sgt. George William Boggess. Birkenhead Cemetery (Landican). C. of E. Sec. 2. Grave 615. Son of George William and Margaret Boggess, of Prenton, Birkenhead, England. Grave inscription: "Duty Nobly Done".

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot with thanks to Jennifer Lemaire and to 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 14.09.2019

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