The aircraft was engaged on a night cross-country navigation exercise from High Ercall when it developed engine trouble. While attempting a forced landing, the pilot lost control of the Mosquito, which spun and crashed in fields to the West of Bunny, Nottinghamshire.
Sadly, both crewmembers were killed.
126151 Flight Lieutenant J K de ROECK RAFVR Pilot Aged 24
1405407 Sergeant F W D HEARN Navigator Aged 23
P/O Joseph Kevin de Roeck was taken for burial at Nottingham Southern Cemetery, whilst his navigator,
Sergeant Finlay William David Hearn, is at rest at Oxford (Botley) Cemetery.
Crash site of HJ767. The aircraft burned-out in the immediate foreground.
Flight Leutenant Joseph Kevin de Roeck's grave in Nottingham (Wilford Hill) Cemetery.