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    In todays RAF News is a request for information about the above Sgt Gordon Leonard Rabbetts. He was apparently a WOAG on 630 Sqn and died on 17 May 1945 aged 21. He is buried in Mangotsfield Cemetary, Bristol. Martin, the enquirer has become curious about this young man and how/why he died. Martin says that when he visits his grandparents graves he puts flowers on Sgt Rabbetts too so I wonder if you guys will put some info on here. I am going to write and give him the link so he can check up on this.
    Heres his cwgc page: http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=2451450
    Hope you can help.
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    Some googling: See link below
    http://630forum.websitetoolbox.com/post?id=5248385

    Lancaster RF124
    Dennis Burke
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    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
    www.ww2irishaviation.com

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    Lancaster RF124 crashed at 1715 and exploded with tremendous force off the Wednesfield/Willenhall Road at Short Heath in the Eastern Suburbs of Wolverhampton. The force of the explosion left a crater 25-30 feet across with debris impacted to a depth of 15 - 20 feet. (Chorley 1945 pg 175)

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    I knew I could rely on you gentlemen. He didnt give an email addy so I have sent him a letter pointing him towards this link (someone he knows will have a computer!) and given him the details of the 57/630 Sqn Assn contact so hopefully he will get this...
    Dennis thanks for the link to that forum. I am sure Martin will love it!
    Dee

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    The members of the Wednesfield History Society have done a lot of research on the accident and details of the crew. The crew members who died in the crash were:

    Pilot: Flying Officer Bernard Hall, aged 24.
    Flight Engineer: Flying Officer Ronald James O’Donnell, aged 21.
    Navigator: Sergeant Reginald (Reggie) Henry Smith aged, 21.
    Air bomber: Flying Officer Victor Francis Dobell Meade, aged 23.
    W-Op: Sergeant Gordon Leonard Rabbetts, aged 21.
    Air Gunner: Sergeant Vincent Reginald Woodburn Southworth, aged unknown.
    Air Gunner: Sergeant John Alfred Sills, aged 21.
    This year marks the 70th anniversary of the crash and the Wolverhampton History Society are organising a larger memorial service at the site on the 17th May at 5pm. The service will be conducted by Rev’d Nick Watson of St Thomas Church. To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the crash we feel that it would be fitting to have a permanent memorial on this site
    We have applied to the council for permission to use the land for this purpose and told them that we would arrange the erection of a memorial or memorial garden and cover the costs by seeking out possible sponsors, donations or by voluntary means.

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    The crash of Lancaster RF124 of 230 Squadron happened on Thursday 17th May 1945 at approx. 5.15 pm. The location of the crash was on Lichfield Road, Wednesfield, Wolverhampton, WV11 3BN near the junction of Moathouse Lane East.
    The Lancaster was on a training exercise from its base in East Kirkby, Lincolnshire when it experienced engine trouble over Wolverhampton. Reports at the time state that the Lancaster was descending rapidly with smoke coming from its engines. It is thought that the pilot attempted to make an emergency landing on a large field to avoid nearby houses. It then hit overhead cables and crashed onto the road next to the field causing a 5 foot deep crater and scattering wreckage over the field. All seven crew perished in the crash. The R.A.F attended the scene and removed some of the larger sections of wreckage and the body parts that they could find. However the severity of the crash made it impossible to find all of the remains of the crew so the remaining wreckage and remains were bulldozed into the crater and filled in. A local minister performed a simple funeral ceremony and there it has remained an unmarked war grave ever since. It was a tragedy that they died just after VE Day but they were still on active duty and remained in training for possible action with Japan.
    The members of the Wednesfield History Society have done a lot of research on the accident and details of the crew. The crew members who died in the crash were:

    Pilot: Flying Officer Bernard Hall, aged 24.
    Flight Engineer: Flying Officer Ronald James O’Donnell, aged 21.
    Navigator: Sergeant Reginald (Reggie) Henry Smith aged, 21.
    Air bomber: Flying Officer Victor Francis Dobell Meade, aged 23.
    W-Op: Sergeant Gordon Leonard Rabbetts, aged 21.
    Air Gunner: Sergeant Vincent Reginald Woodburn Southworth, aged unknown.
    Air Gunner: Sergeant John Alfred Sills, aged 21.
    This year marks the 70th anniversary of the crash and the Wolverhampton History Society are organising a larger memorial service at the site on the 17th May 2015 at 5pm. The service will be conducted by Rev’d Nick Watson of St Thomas Church. To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the crash we feel that it would be fitting to have a permanent memorial on this site
    We have applied to the council for permission to use the land for this purpose and told them that we would arrange the erection of a memorial or memorial garden and cover the costs by seeking out possible sponsors, donations or by voluntary means.

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