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    Default Loss of Hudson V9032 of No.6 (C)OTU RAF Thornaby

    Ingleby Barwick is a large private residential housing estate and civil parish built on what was the southern perimeter of Thornaby airfield in the borough of Stockton-on-Tees.

    During the Second World War a number of aircraft crashed where the modern Ingleby Barwick housing estate now stands.

    Working with the local Town Council I am helping to create a fitting memorial to remember the 18 aircrew and 4 civilians who lost their lives as a result of these tragic incidents.

    I am trying to find any relatives and descendants of any of those who lost their lives so any help would be appreciated.

    The information on the casualties is from http://www.yorkshire-aircraft.co.uk/aircraft/yorkshire

    I have found further information from CWGC.

    I am putting a separate post for each of the 5 incidents.

    On 18 December 1941 a Lockheed Hudson V9032 of No.6 (C)OTU stalled soon after takeoff and crashed into Quarry Farm killing the five crew and four civilians.

    Pilot - F/Sgt Albert George Graves RAF (536190), aged 23, of Ashford, Kent. Buried Thornaby Cemetery, Yorkshire.
    Pilot - Sgt Richard Henry Dampier Palmer RAFVR (778436), aged 27, of ? Buried Enfield Cemetery, Middlesex.
    Observer - P/O Michael Bolleurs Van Heerden RAFVR (110124), aged 23, of Pretoria, Transvaal, South Africa. Buried Thornaby Cemetery, Yorkshire.
    Wireless Operator / Air Gunner - Sgt Leslie Hogg RAFVR (1325760), aged 27, of West Croydon, Surrey. Buried Thornaby Cemetery, Yorkshire.
    Wireless Operator / Air Gunner - Sgt Harry William George Hewitt RAFVR (1325793), aged 21, of Teddington. Buried Teddington Cemetery, Middlesex.

    Mr James Raymond Garbutt, aged 39, Of Quarry Farm, Ingleby Barwick. Buried Stainton-in-Cleveland Churchyard.
    Mrs Violet Mary Garbutt, aged 41, Of Quarry Farm, Ingleby Barwick. Buried Stainton-in-Cleveland Churchyard.
    Master Alick Raymond Garbutt, aged 8, Of Quarry Farm, Ingleby Barwick. Buried Stainton-in-Cleveland Churchyard.
    Master Charles Richard Garbutt, aged 6, Of Quarry Farm, Ingleby Barwick. Buried Stainton-in-Cleveland Churchyard.
    Master James Arthur Garbutt, aged 9. Survived.
    Master John Hawthorn Garbutt, aged 11. Survived.
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    Peter, welcome to the forum.

    Found this by one of the surviving sons: https://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ww2peo...a4485152.shtml

    Robert

    Forum members: Peter originally posted five posts with the same subject line and someone deleted four of them. I changed the subject line of this remaining post so it was aircraft-specific and suggested to Peter he re-post the other four with unique subject lines. Robert
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    Hello,

    Re: your 778436 Sgt Richard Henry Dampier PALMER RAFVR (of Rhodesia*).

    Number: 778436
    Rank/Name/Initials/Awards: T/Sgt PALMER, Richard Henry Demipier [sic] (R H D)
    Date of death: 18/12/1941
    Sqn/Unit/Crew Position: 6 OTU/Pilot
    A/C Type & Number: U/K
    Raid on Target: England
    Other Information: KOAS flying accident at Stockton-on-Tees while night -flying training. Buried Enfield (Lavender Hill) Cemetery, Middlesex, UK, Sec C. Cons Grave 6123. Born:17/7/1914 Pietermantzburg, Natal, South Africa.

    *
    Palmer enlisted in the RAF in Rhodesia in June 1940.

    See:
    A Pride of Eagles The Definitive History of the Rhodesian Air Force 1920-1980
    Salt,Beryl
    Weltevredenpark (SA):Covos Day Books,2001.
    p.778

    See also: http://www.yorkshire-aircraft.co.uk/...k41/v9032.html

    and: http://samilitaryhistory.org/vol014pd.html

    Col

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