HE688, 17 OTU

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Date: 23 Mar 1944 to 23 Mar 1944
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On the evening of the 23rd of March 1944, a 17 OTU Wellington took off from Silverstone airfield for an evening cross country training exercise at 1915hrs. Whilst over the Northallerton area, control of the aircraft was lost after the port engine failed and the aircraft went into a dive. While trying the pull the aircraft out of the dive the aircraft proceeded to break up and crashed into the ground around 2105hrs near Little Beech Hill, west of Osmotherley. Tragically, all six airmen were killed in the crash[1]

Role Name Branch Service Number Age Place of Origin Grave Location
Pilot F/O Edward Nigel Jeffreys ThomsonRNZAF 416552 21Titirangi, Auckland, New ZealandHarrogate Stonefall Cemetery, Yorkshire.
Navigator F/Sgt Bertram James JonesRAAF 424299 21Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Harrogate Stonefall Cemetery, Yorkshire.
Air Gunner Sgt David Lancaster Watson RAAF 43007620 East St. Kilda, Victoria, AustraliaHarrogate Stonefall Cemetery, Yorkshire.
Wireless Operator / Air Gunner Sgt Ernest Percy Moore RAFVR158610120 Portslade, SussexPortslade Cemetery, Sussex.
Air Gunner Sgt Dennis Gwylin Stephens RAFVR3011102 19Stand, Lancashire. Stand Churchyard, Lancashire
Air GunnerSgt Benjamin Woodhead RAFVR168594721Lower Broughton, Salford, LancashireAgecroft Cemetery, Salford, Lancashire


  1. http://www.yorkshire-aircraft.co.uk/aircraft/yorkshire/york44/he688.html

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Wellington HE688
Wellington HE688

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