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Flight Sergeant Reginald Herbert EXON (1601071) of the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Air Gunner

Circumstances of Death: Lost in aircraft Mitchell II FW169
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Death of Death 1944-06-30 Age : 22 years.

Served in 180 Sqdn

Burial/Commemoration Details : Grave 1363. at Keynsham Cemetery, United Kingdom

More Details: SON OF HERBERT GEORGE AND MARY MAUDE EXON, OF KEYNSHAM.

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Aircraft Accident / Loss Entry

Aircraft Name: Mitchell II FW169 Date of Crash: 30 Jun 44 Unit 180 Sqdn Airfield /Crash Location , United Kingdom
Aircrew details
Rank Name, Number, Trade & Details DateUnit Country Cemetery/Memorial & Loc Ref
Flight SergeantReginald Herbert EXON (1601071) Air Gunner Mitchell II FW169  Forum Post 1944-06-30180 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomKeynsham Cemetery
Pilot OfficerIeuan HADDOCK (J/88238) Wireless Op Mitchell II FW169  Forum Post 1944-06-30180 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomBrookwood Military Cemetery
Flying OfficerAlexander Smith Baird McLACHLAN (141546) Navigator Mitchell II FW169  Forum Post 1944-06-30180 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomEdinburgh (Seafield) Cemetery
Flight SergeantThomas Percy ROOK (1177574) Radio Opera Mitchell II FW169  Forum Post 1944-06-30180 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomRadcliffe-On-Trent Cemetery
Flying OfficerGeorge Alexander Monckton STRUTHERS (421789) Mitchell II FW169  Forum Post 1944-06-30180 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomBrookwood Military Cemetery
Details
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F/sgt Reginald Exon 180 Sqr 30.6.44Hi, Fri 30 Jun 1944. Allied Expeditionary Air Force Bombing raid against a tank concentration at Thury-Harcourt, Normandy, France. 180 Squadron, RAF (Dunsfold, Surrey - 139 Wing, 2 Group, 2nd Tactical Air Force) Mitchell II FW169 - made a normal take-off at 0145 in patchy ground mist and slight haze, but began turning below safety height. Moments later crashed and burned on colliding with 35-foot high trees at Chiddingfold, 4 miles west of Dunsfold. All five crew died, the captain being buried at Brookwood, Woking, Surrey. Captain: NZ421789 Fg Off George Alexander Monckton STRUTHERS, DFC, RNZAF - Age 27. 438hrs (105 solo on Mitchell) 24th op. It will be recalled that a wounded Struthers was awarded the DFC for his actions on 9 February 1944, when he brought back to England his badly crippled Mitchell for an emergency landing, in which Wt Off D C Hammond RNZAF, lost his life. See: For Your Tomorrow:A Record of New Zealanders who have Died while Serving with the RNZAF and Allied Air Forces since 1915. Volume Two: Fates 1943-1998. Martyn,Errol W. Christchurch:Volplane Press,1999. p.245 NZ421789 F/O (Pilot) George Alexander Monckton STRUTHERS DFC RNZAF + J/88238 P/O (Pilot) Ieuan HADDOCK RCAF + (of New York City, USA) 141546 F/O (Nav.) Alexander Smith Baird McLACHLAN RAFVR + 1177574 F/Sgt (W.Op./Air Gnr.) Thomas Percy ROOK RAFVR + 161071 F/Sgt (Air Gnr.) Reginald Herbert EXON RAFVR + Col. ....Read More.COL BRUGGY on 20th July 2010 02:13:46
F/sgt Reginald Exon 180 Sqr 30.6.44Reggie Exon was part of Course No.9 (AGs) at No.34 Operational Training Unit, Pennfield Ridge, New Brunswick. Here is what information I have about him: "Reggie went to Bristol Grammar School but later joined the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. When war broke out he was, of course, directed into the R.A.F. and in March 1943 he was sent on Course No. 9 (Air Gunners) at No.34 Operational Training Unit, Pennfield Ridge, New Brunswick (Canada) and on his return to England he was posted to No.180 Squadron which was based at R.A.F. Dunsford. It was part of No.139 Airfield under the command of 2nd Tactical Air Force. Although initially part of Bomber Command the unit had been created to perform bombing missions in preparation for and after the D-Day invasion with night intruder raids over Normandy. A friend of his, Monty Veale, remembered meeting up with Reggie on one of his leaves in June 1944 and they started out from the Talbot to do a round of the local pubs where they spent an “unusually hectic evening”. As he said - “there was an intensity about it which is hard to explain but they were living for the day!” That was the last drink the friends had together as Flight Sergeant Reginald Herbert Exon, was killed a few days later on the 30th June 1944. On that particular night F/Sgt Exon was detailed to take part in bombing mission against an enemy tank concentration at Thury-Harcourt in a B-25 (Mitchell Bomber Mark II) serial no. FW169 and the 22 year old was to serve as the air gunner on this aircraft. The plane made a normal take off at 01:45 hrs in patchy ground mist and slight haze, but began turning below safety height. Moments later it crashed and burned on colliding with 35-foot high trees at Chiddingfold, 4 miles west of Dunsfold in Sussex and burst into flames. All of the five man crew, including the New Zealand pilot and Canadian wireless operator, were killed instantly. Reggie’s death must have come as a terrible shock to Herbert and his wife Mary and when was left of his incinerated body was returned to his grieving parents they buried him in Keynsham Cemetery on 5th July 1944. In the following month on 26th August following the crash of a Wellington Bomber on a hillside a mile south of Keynsham, between Chewton Keynsham and Burnett, Herbert, ironically, was the one to discover the body of another dying airman, wireless operator Sgt. William Hankin whose parachute had not opened, impaled on bean poles on the allotments at the rear of the High Street. " I also have a photograph of Reggie's gravestone. If you would like a copy send me a private message. Regards, G Christian Larsen President Pennfield Parish Military Historical Society http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nbpennfi/penn8bAirStation.htm ....Read More.PennfieldParish on 20th July 2010 05:35:57

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