Born: 1920, Ipswich.
Died: 20th August 1940; Age: 20; killed in a flying accident at Cranfield, Bedfordshire.
Residence: 15, Gerald’s Avenue, Ipswich.
Employed: at Ransomes, Sims & Jefferies, Ipswich.
Rank: Leading Aircraftman/Trainee Pilot; Service Number: 903690;
Regiment: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, No 14 Flying Training School.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Herbert Arthur & Rosa Victoria Haines, of Ipswich.
Father: Herbert Arthur Haines, born January 1888, Ipswich. A Leather Worker.
Mother: Rosa Victoria Haines (nee Collins), born March 1888, Ipswich.
Bernard was a Boy Scout with the Turret Green 17th Ipswich Group.
Bernard is also remembered by Ransomes, Sims & Jefferies with entrance gates, dedicated in May 1958, at Ransomes Sports’ Centre, Sidegate Avenue, Ipswich.
20th August 1940
Aircraft: Oxford I, serial number: P1834; with No 14 Flying Training School based at R.A.F. aerodrome, at Cranfield, Bedfordshire. The school specialised in multi engine aircraft training
mainly using Airspeed Oxford aircraft. It had over 100 of these on strength around the time Bernard was killed. On the 20th August 1940, Bernard was flying solo when he was involved in
a mid-air collision with another Oxford I, P8827, his aircraft hit the ground near Cranfield killing Bernard.
P8827 survived the collision and landed safely without too much damage and continued in service for several years.
Aircraft information courtesy of John Allan.