05.07.1944 1667 HCU Halifax V DG414 Flt.Lt. Benjamin E. McLaughlin DFC
Operation: Dual instruction training
Date: 05th July 1944 (Wednesday)
Unit: No. 1667 HCU (Heavy Conversion Unit)
Type: Halifax V
Base: RAF Sandtoft, Lincolnshire.
Location: Alkborough, Lincolnshire.
Pilot (Inst): Flt.Lt. Benjamin Edward McLaughlin DFC. 127223 RAFVR Age 30 Killed
Pilot (U/T): Plt.Off. Edward Barley 176232 RAFVR Age 22. Killed
Flt.Eng (Inst): Sgt. Patrick. Morissey DFM. 1661466 RAFVR Age 27. Survived/injured.
Flt.Eng (U/T): Sgt. Thomas Edward Carr 1590301 RAFVR Survived/Injured
Flt.Eng (U/T): Sgt. Ivor Herbert Simmonds 1836668 RAFVR Age 25. Survived/Died
Flt.Eng (U/T): Sgt. George Beedle 1594241 RAFVR Age 32. Killed
Air Bmr: Sgt. Hubert Fryer 1623205 RAFVR Age 21. Killed
WOp/Air Gnr: Flt.Sgt. John Norman Bond 424080 RAAF Age 25. Killed
Air Gnr: Flt.Sgt. Robert Anthony Wixted 434555 RAAF Age 20. Killed
Sgt. Tracy Watson, currently serving in the Royal Air Force, places a wreath every anniversary of the death of the pilot, which coincides with the date of the loss of her own mother.
REASON FOR LOSS:
DG414 took off at 12.50 hrs from RAF Sandtoft, Lincolnshire on a dual instruction training exercise with 1 trainee pilot and 3 trainee flight engineers.
Whilst flying at 200 ft on three engines control was lost and the aircraft crashed at Alkborough, Lincolnshire on the south bank of the Humber.
Emergency crews arrived within 30 minutes with the unit's medical officer. Sgt. Carr were taken to RAF Elsham Wolds sick quarters with the other two taken to Scunthorpe War Memorial Hospital. Shortly after admission to hospital, Sgt Simmonds died of his injuries. Sgt. Thomas Carr made a full recovery and joined 166 Sqn.
Sgt. Carr was killed on the 16th January 1945 on an operation to Zeitz in Lancaster ME296 AS:V. The pilot, Flt.Lt. Ernest Patrick Burke 426303, RAAF was also killed. The remaining 5 crew were taken as PoW.
Flt.Lt. Benjamin Edward McLaughlin DFC. Porchester Churchyard Row 5. Grave 12. Son of George Thomas McLaughlin and Ivy Love McLaughlin of Paulsgrove, Hampshire.
Benjamin Edward McLaughlin was born 5 March 1914 and joined the Portsmouth Police force 25th March 1935 and served until 28th May 1936 when he went to Palestine to serve with the Palestine Police force. He returned to Portsmouth and was reappointed to the Portsmouth force 7 December 1937.
5th August 1942 Benjamin Edward McLaughlin was commissioned as Pilot Officer and on the 5th February Flying Officer B. E. McLaughlin was promoted to the rank of Flight Lieutenant. Awarded the DFC while serving with 12 Squadron, Gazetted 12th November 1943. At the time of his death his address was given as Jubilee Avenue, Paulsgrove.
Police officer Benjamin E. McLaughin and announcement for his DFC
Grave marker for Flt.Lt. Benjamin Edward McLaughlin DFC; left 2013, right 2014 (Courtesy Sgt Tracy Watson)
Plt.Off. Edward Barley. Hull Western Cemetery Compt. 267. Grave 25884. Son of Edward and Mary Frances Barley, of Hull, England.
Sgt. Patrick Morissey DFM. Died the following day and is buried in Kensal Green (St. Mary's) Roman Catholic Cemetery. Sec.X.P. Grave 3165. Son of Michael and Margaret Morissey, husband of Elizabeth Morissey, of Kingsbury, England.
Sgt. Patrick Morrissey was awarded the DFM while serving with 101 Squadron, Gazetted 19th September 1944
Grave marker for Sgt. Patrick Morissey DFM
Sgt. Ivor Herbert Simmonds. Fleur-De-Lis Church Cemetery. Block 4. Row 1. Grave 9. Son of William and Lettia L. Simmonds, of South Harrow, Middlesex, England.
Sgt. George Beedle. Fylingdales Churchyard. Son of George and Ellen Arm Beedle, of Fylingdales, husband of Elizabeth Ann Ross Beedle, of Robin Hoods Bay, England.
Sgt. Hubert Fryer. West Tanfield Churchyard. Son of Doris Harrison, of West Tanfield, England.
Flt.Sgt. John Norman Bond. Harrogate Cemetery Sec. B. Row H. Grave 6. Born on the 13th September 1918 in Kempsey NSW and enlisted in Sydney. Son of Richard Armstrong Bond and Florence Maude Bond, of Glen Innes, New South Wales, Australia.
Flt.Sgt. Robert Anthony Wixted. Harrogate Cemetery Sec. B. Row H. Grave 7. Born on the 13th June 1924 in Brisbane, Queensland.Son of Thomas Michael and Margaret Wixted, of Coorparoo, Queensland, Australia.
Grave markers left to right: Sgt. Fryer (Courtesy of Jacob Salter); Flt.Sgt. Bond; Flt.Sgt. Wixted
Researched by Aircrew Remembered, researcher and specialist genealogist Kate Tame for relatives of this crew. Thanks to Rob Davis for additional detail of Sgt. Carr's loss. Thanks to Jacob Salter for the image of the grave marker for Sgt. Fryer (Aug 2020).