Airspeed Oxford Mk.I

LB415

1521 Flight

Crashed 14:04:44

 

The aircraft, belonging to 1521 Beam Approach Training Flight,  had taken off from Wymeswold at 15:35 for beam approach training.  At approximately 16:30, the aircraft collided in the air with Lancaster W4103 from 5 Lancaster Finishing School, both machines falling to earth a few hundred yards apart near the village of Screveton, Nottinghamshire. The Instructor, F/Lt. Hawkins, was thrown from the Oxford on impact, and parachuted.

He was taken to the RAF Hospital at Quarrington near Sleaford, where sadly, he succumbed to his injuries a few hours later.

 

 

The crew were:

 

 

120119             Flight Lieutenant         J A   HAWKINS          Pilot  (Instructor)           Aged 22       (DoI)

 

160921             Pilot Officer                 B H  DENNIS              Pilot  (Pupil)                 Aged 21         (K)

 

The Memorial Stone,  which commemorates both aircraft.  

It is situated on Flintham Lane, just outside Screveton Village.

A close-up of the inscription.

Flight Lieutenant James Addison Hawkins.  

(Image copyright:  Mrs J E Hawkins)

Copy of Flt Lt J A Hawkins LB415 Hawkins

  Flight Lieutenant  Hawkins's  grave at Burton-on-the-Wolds Cemetery.

James was known as "Boy" to his family; he was the only son of  Reginald Thomas Hawkins, C.B.E, who later became the Under Secretary of State for Education in Scotland in the 1950s.

 

Thanks to Mrs J E Hawkins for the additional information.

Screveton 005CROPa LB415 - 01 Screveton 1109

Crash site of Oxford LB415;  the main impact area is in the centre of the photo (bare patches).