Born: 1922, Ipswich.
Died: 22nd December 1942; age: 20; at Bangor, Anglesey, Wales.
Rank: Flying Officer/Air Gunner; Service Number: 127150.
Regiment: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 21 OTU.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Edward Frank & Emily Lilian Chatterton, of Ipswich.
Father: Edward Frank Chatterton, born 1889, Marylebone, London.
Mother: Emily Lilian Rebecca Chatterton (nee Farthing), born December 1889, Ipswich.
22nd December 1942
Aircraft: Vickers Armstrong Wellington; serial number: W5494; code: ED-X. Took off from R.A.F. Station Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire on a map reading exercise in the Welsh borders. Aircraft should not fly lower than 5,000ft for map reading. Eye witnesses saw the aircraft fly very low through Nant Ffrancon, between Carnedd y Filiast and Fronllwyd, and narrowly missing two mountains. It is believed that W5494 flew up the wrong valley and Pilot Ronald Grayson was desperately trying to turn and climb in the last few minutes. The aircraft flew above Braichmelyn before impacting in the centre of a field above Gerlan. The aircraft then slid along the ground, ploughing through three stone walls before coming to rest near a farm where it burnt out. Local people were on the scene very quickly but the five crew had all been killed.
Ronald Leake Grayson; Flying Officer/Pilot; age 20; R.A.F.V.R.
Robinson Stables; Flying Officer/Navigator; age 21; R.A.F.V.R.
Robert Noel Braithwaite; Sergeant/Wireless Operator/Air Gunner; age 22 (killed 2 days after his birthday); R.A.F.V.R.
Dennis Walter Hogg; Flying Officer/Navigator/Bomb Aimer; age 20; R.A.F.V.R.
Aircraft information courtesy of Rotherham war memorials – http://rotherhamwarmemorials.weebly.com/