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    Default 22 OTU Wellington crash near Compton Verney - 28-1-1942

    I am looking for details on this crash, which claimed the life of the pilot Sgt. R.H. Vearncombe, RCAF R/78273. The other five crew members, three RCAF and two RAF, were all injured.

    I don't have the serial no. or names of the other crew members.
    David

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    Hello Dave,

    28-1-42
    Training
    22 OTU 'C' Flight.
    Wellington IC X9935

    Took off Wellesbourne Mountford for a night cross-country. Lost engine power and came down at around 2220 on high ground near Compton Verney some 3 miles SE of the airfield. A fire broke out soon after impact. Sgt Vearncombe RCAF is buried in Fulham New Cemetery, Richmond. It seems likely that his funeral was arranged by relatives.

    Sgt R H VEARNCOMBE RCAF +
    Sgt HAINES Inj.
    P/O ROBSON Inj.
    P/O ROBINSON Inj.
    Sgt FLETCHER Inj.
    Sgt DAWE Inj.
    Sgt EDWARDS Inj.

    See:
    Royal Air Force Bomber Command Losses Vol.7: Operational Training Units 1940-1947.
    Chorley,W.R.
    Hinckley:Midland Publishing,2002.
    p.96.

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 14th April 2009 at 04:03. Reason: Minor correction

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    Thanks again Col. My main reference library here in Toronto has all Chorley's volumes but it is very difficult for me to get down there.

    And by the way, this is the OTU my father trained at two years later.
    David

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