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)

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

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The Memorial Stone, which commemorates both aircraft.
It is situated on Flintham Lane, just outside Screveton Village.

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A close-up of the inscription.

Copy of Flt Lt J A Hawkins

Flight Lieutenant James Addison Hawkins.
(Image copyright: Mrs J E Hawkins)

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  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.

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