Wellington X3305

 

On 24th April 1942 crew of the Wellington Bomber X3305, 150 Squadron based at RAF Snaith near Goole were preparing for a mission to Rostock, Germany.

In the evening of the 24th the bomber took off from RAF Snaith but shortly after take-off something went horribly wrong and control of the aircraft was lost and the bomber dived into the ground approximately a mile out of Snaith.

An investigation into the crash took place where all the crew perished but due to the detonation of its payload when the aircraft hit the ground the investigation was limited due to the damage, accident of this nature rarely found the cause due to payload exploding.   

Three of the crew are buried at St James Churchyard in Rawcliffe.

 

 

The Crew of X3305

Pilot - Sgt Herbert John Thorogood RAFVR (1375386), aged 23, of Romford, Essex.

Buried Romford Cemetery, Essex.

(Herbert Thorogood had a total of 96 hours night flying when this accident occured with all but five being on the Wellington type.)

 

Second Pilot - P/O Norman Curtis Lerwill RAFVR (108541), aged 30, of (unknown)

Buried POLLINGTON (ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST) CHURCHYARD, Yorkshire.

 

Observer - P/O Alan Frederick James RCAF (J/7214), aged 29, of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Buried POLLINGTON (ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST) CHURCHYARD, Yorkshire.

 

Wireless Operator / Air Gunner - Sgt George Herbert Jordan RAFVR (1311122), aged 27, of New Southgate.

Buried Southgate Cemetery, Middlesex.

 

Wireless Operator / Air Gunner - Sgt Thomas William Chaston RAFVR (1181834), aged 21, of Rochester.

Buried Rochester Cemetery, Kent.

 

Air Gunner - F/Sgt Norman Kenneth MacLeod RCAF (R/64474), aged 21, of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

Buried POLLINGTON (ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST) CHURCHYARD, Yorkshire.