Born: 29th June 1922, Ipswich.

Died: 28th December 1942; age: 20; Woodhall Spa, when a photoflash exploded inside aircraft.

Rank: Aircraftman Second Class; Service Number: 1457016.

Regiment: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 97 Squadron.


Grave Reference:


Ipswich Old Cemetery,




Father: Horace Henry Taylor, born January, 1888, Debach, Suffolk.

Mother: Ethel Eliza Taylor (nee Beck), born November 1893, born Letheringham, Suffolk.


On the 18th August 1942, Ipswich, Aubrey married Winifred E.P. Pell, born September 1922, Ipswich.

They had 1 daughter.


Aubrey is also remembered on the war memorial at St. Augustine of Hippo Church, Ipswich.


28th December 1942

The Lancaster R5548 bore the signature of HM Queen Elizabeth in a card on the nose section. Hence the aircraft being known as Q-Queenie despite bearing the call sign A-Alpha. Aubrey served as an armourer when he was working inside Queenie on the ground at Woodhall Spa. Tragically a photoflash accidentally ignited in the fuselage. The aircraft was carrying a full bomb load, and had petrol ready for operations, exploded and was destroyed The fuselage from the wings to the tail was completely destroyed. Although other airmen were near the aircraft and one on the starboard wing, no one else was injured. This was due to the explosion blasting out to port.



Photographs courtesy of Kevin Bending, Hon Historian of the 97 Squadron Association

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