|410828 - Unaccounted airmen - 28-8-1941||A visit to Kew has given the answer to two of the deaths on the list. The following is the entry from the RAF Valley station ORB for the 28th August.
August 28th 1941, “Botha Disaster, 28/8/41.
About 11.00 hours on the morning of the 28th August, 1941 a Botha aircraft No.L6417 from No.4 Air Observers’ School, West Freugh, crashed into the sea, about 1,200 yards from the Coast at Rhosneigr Grid Reference 1” O.S. Map, Sheet 41, VH 7695. The weather was very stormy, with wind gusting to 50 – 60 m.p.h., and a tremendous sea running. The sea was too heavy for any of the numerous rescue launches and lifeboats to attempt a rescue of the crew, but repeated individual attempts to effect rescues were made by a large number of both service and civilian personnel who had gathered on the beach. Many individual acts of heroism were performed, but unfortunately the three members of the crew of the Botha were all drowned.
These were:- Sgt Rosiewicz, K.S., No.782028 (Polish) L.A.C. Dixon T.A. No.1119294, L.A.C. Glockler F.C. No.1376289.
In addition, no less than eleven others lost their lives in rescue attempts, as follows:-
L.A.C. Bannister D.W. No.819139
L.A.C. Ford L.A. No.845761
2nd Lieut P.T. Whysall, No.145327
Gunner S. Willkins, No.1832511
Gunner C.H. Thornton, No.1332450
Gunner R.K. Simons, No.1832431
Gunner R. Eaton, No.1832747
Sgt Major, Moger A.W. No.1832450
Mr C.G. Evan Jones, Coastguard
Mr A.H. Owen
P.C.14, George Arthur
L.A.C. Bannister and L.A.C. Ford were from No.615 Squadron, RAF Valley, attached for duty in the Aerodrome Control Section. The six army casualties were all from the 226th L.A.A. Trg Regt, Stationed at Rhosneigr.
From many individual examples of bravery and courage, the following have been specially singled out for their gallant effects at rescue:-
Sgt J.J. Plunkett, No.456 Squadron R.A.A.F. (Australian)
Derek Hubert Baynham, “Woodside”, Burwood Park Road, Walton-on-Thames
James Leslie Stuart Wood, 20, Glan Aber Park, Chester.
These have been recommended for Awards (immediate) and the following brief extracts from their individual recommendations tell the story of their services:-
“…. Sergeant Plunkett, seeing several people struggling in the water swam out and was instrumental in bringing ashore one of the crew of the aircraft who was unconscious and later died. He again swam out and brought three other people to shore, thus saving their lives. His skill, courage and determination were of the very highest order, and in view of the very heavy sea which was running, and the strong wind prevailing, he showed complete disregard of his own safety”.
Derek Hubert Beynham )
John Leslie Stuart Wood ) “….The above named put off in a small rowing boat in a very heavy sea and strong wind. Just before reaching the aeroplane the boat was swamped. With great difficulty and with the aid of any [an] oar they got one airman (Sgt Rosiewicz) and between them endeavoured to get him to land. Th ....Read More.||alclark on 20th May 2009 02:55:49|