Born: 13th July 1923, Bosmere, Suffolk.
Died: 8th February 1944; age: 20; at Chichester, West Sussex.
Rank: Sergeant/Pilot; Service Number: 1801882; Regiment: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 18 Operational Training Unit.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Frederick Ramsey & Hilda S. Ramsey, of Ipswich.
Father: Fred Ramsey, born August 1892, Ipswich – died June 1927, Ipswich.
Mother: Hilda Sybil Ramsey (nee Osborne), born September 1895, Ipswich.
8th February 1944
Aircraft: Vickers Wellington X; Serial number: LN185; of 18 Operational Training Unit; Based at Finningley, Yorkshire. The crew were all newly qualified. At 20:00hrs on the 8th February 1944, LN185 collided with a de Havilland Mosquito, near Emsworth, Hampshire. The Wellington was making a ‘training bombing run’ using Portsmouth as a make-believe German coastal target. The Mosquito’s role was to intercept the Wellington using a new radar device. The Mosquito successfully identified and intercepted the Wellington as it approached Portsmouth. The exercise then went terribly wrong when both aircraft collided, the Wellington was cut into two in front of the rear gunner’s turret. The front section, containing five of the crew, fell in flames into a field at Southbourne. The rear turret containing Sgt Varley “fluttered down into Prinsted Harbour like a sycamore leaf”, according to the account of two Sea Scouts who were standing outside their hut at the time.The Mosquito came down at Lumley Pond. The crews from both aircraft’s were killed.
Reginald Gordon Graves; Sergeant/Bomb Aimer; age 21; R.A.F.V.R.
John Lomax Harrison; Sergeant/Wireless Operator/Air Gunner; age 19; R.A.F.V.R.
Stanley Gordon Johnson; Sergeant/Air Gunner; age 22; R.A.F.V.R.
Alfred Cecil Jones; Sergeant/Navigator; age 21; R.A.F.V.R.
William Varley; Sergeant/Air Gunner; age 21; R.A.F.V.R.
Crew of Mosquito Mk XIII Serial number HK374:
Arthur Bickerstaffe Woods AFC; Flight Lieutenant; age 39; R.A.F.V.R.
Jan Otto Richard Bugge; Lieutenant; age 22; R.N.A.F.
Arthur Bickerstaffe Woods, was a Film Director. He was the youngest film director for the British International Pictures, with 27 credits between 1933 – 1940.