Flight Sgt Charles Richard Carlton Hoddinott

Thread: Flight Sgt Charles Richard Carlton Hoddinott

  1. Dyan said:

    Default Flight Sgt Charles Richard Carlton Hoddinott

    Flight Sergeant
    Service No:940008
    Date of Death:16/03/1944
    Age:26Regiment/Service:Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 142 Sqdn.
    Grave ReferenceXV. D. 40.CemeteryBARI WAR CEMETERY.

    Anyone have any info about this accident in Italy please.

  2. AlanW said:


    Wellington HF764, Detailed to bomb marshalling yards at Sofia, crashed 20 miles West of Foggia. Three killed, two baled out slightly injured.
    F/Sgt R. O'Malley, Pilot.
    F/Sgt J. Fisher, Nav, killed.
    Sgt C. Hoddinott, B/Aimer, killed. ORB has him listed throughout, as Bomb Aimer, not Nav, but further investigation puts his trade as Nav/B/Aimer.
    Sgt J. Morton, Wop, killed.
    Sgt W Tite, A/G.
    Last edited by AlanW; 20th October 2012 at 11:53.
  3. COL BRUGGY said:



    A little more:

    No.142 Sdn.
    Wellington III HF764

    Took off Foggia, detailed to bomb the Marshalling Yards at Sofia, Bulgaria. The aircraft was returning from the mission and at 0458 asked for landing instructions . This was given and the reception was weak. No reply was received from the aircraft. At approx 0515, at dawn, the aircraft crashed into a hillside 20 miles due west of Foggia. Three of the crew were killed and two injured.

    AUS35255 F/Sgt (Pilot) Roy William O'MALLEY RAAF -Injured (Admitted to No.25 MFH)
    AUS422477 F/Sgt (Nav.) James Wharton Severn FISHER RAAF +
    940008 F/Sgt (Nav./B) Charles Richard Carlton HODDINOTT RAFVR +
    1322416 Sgt (W.Op./Air Gnr.) James Butler MORTON RAFVR +
    1454291 Sgt (Air Gnr.) W H S TITE RAFVR - Injured (Shock, no physical inj., back at unit)

    The dead are buried in Bari War Cemetery.

    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 20th October 2012 at 13:02.
  4. Resmoroh said:


    Very slight problem here. 20 (statute) miles EAST of Foggia is The Sea - i.e. no hills! 20 (statute) miles WEST of Foggia are the foothills of the Central Apennines - definitely the chocolate box problem - i.e. the cloud with the hard centre!! Looks as if he had overshot the airfield on return and was letting down hoping to find it. The charts do not seem to indicate strong winds at flying height. The situation was a fairly slack anticyclonic one - but in the vicinity of a significant mountain range there is always the risk of local winds (surface and aloft) of some force!
    Peter Davies

    Just seen Col's correction!!
    Last edited by Resmoroh; 20th October 2012 at 12:33. Reason: Corrected update
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  5. Dyan said:

    Default Thank you

    For all the information seems like the 1st qtr of 1944 was not a good one for our family - that makes 10 lost missing or POW's over that period.

    Once again many thanks for filling in the gaps.