Born: 1921, Halstead, Essex.
Died: 3rd February 1946; age 24; aircraft crash at Cold Fell, Cumberland.
Rank: Flying Officer/ Navigator/Instructor; Service Number: 178324.
Regiment: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, No. 1383 Transport Conversion Unit.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Willie & Ethel Knowles, of Halstead, Essex.
Father: Willie Knowles, born 1884, Colne, Lancashire.
Mother: Ethel Knowles (nee Midgley), born 1885, Colne, Lancashire.
3rd February 1946
Aircraft: Douglas Dakota Mk.III; serial number: KG502; based at: Crosby-on-Eden, near Carlisle, Cumberland. The Dakota had taken off at 21:40hrs, from Crosby-on-Eden, on the 2nd February for a cross-country navigation training flight. The aircraft was returning to the base at 02:00hrs and made radio contact with the station in preparation for landing. The station replied and KG502 acknowledged. There was no other radio communications.
KG502 had crashed on a north western ridge of Cold Fell, 7 miles short of the station, and was destroyed by fire. All 6 crew members were killed.
John Dennis Taylor; Flight Officer/Pilot/Instructor; age 25; R.A.F.V.R.
Alan George Frederick Gravestock; Warrant Officer/Wireless Operator/Instructor; age 23; R.A.F.V.R.
Wilfred Donald Reeve; Warrant Officer/Pilot/Under Training; age 23; R.A.F.V.R.
Delwyn Thomas; Flight Sergeant/Wireless Operator/Under Training; age 24; R.A.F.V.R.
Grant Taylor Wardle; Flight Sergeant/Navigator/Under Training; age 23; R.A.F.V.R.