Avro Lancaster Mk. III
The aircraft belonging to 1661 Heavy Conversion Unit took off from Winthorpe at 20:20 for a night navigation exercise. At 00:25, the aircraft flew into Oxton Hill, close to Hall Farm, and astride the Oxton - Southwell road. This crew had flown a similar exercise shortly before this one; therefore fatigue may have been a contributary factor in the accident.
The crew were:
1006035 Sergeant G A MARTIN Pilot Aged 27 (Injured)
1393077 Flight Sergeant F E HEARN Flight Engineer Aged 21 (Injured)
1678403 Sergeant P J FROGGATT Navigator Aged 20 (Killed)
647200 Flight Sergeant E A CRUTCHFIELD Bomb Aimer Aged 23 (Killed)
1899005 Sergeant P A DOGGETT Wireless Operator Aged 21 (Killed)
1236970 Sergeant E D DASH Air Gunner Aged ? (Injured)
939102 Sergeant S C BOILING * Air Gunner Aged ? (Injured)
Sadly, Sergeant Martin died of his injuries on the 28th April.
* In some sources, this airman's name is spelt ' BOWRING ' .
Crash site of Lancaster PB213; the aircraft slid across the field (travelling from left to right) breaking up as it went.
The main burn area is just visible in the centre of the nearest field, appearing slightly lighter in colour. The gap in the trees was caused by debris from the Lancaster.
Frank Edward Hearn, possibly taken at an early stage in his training.
(Image copyright: Mr Colin Hearn )
Sergeant Peter John Froggatt's grave at Oxford (Botley) Cemetery.
(Image copyright: Alan L Clark)