Born: 1923, Wrexham, Merionethshire, Wales.

Died: 14th April 1944; age: 20; at Screveton, Lincolnshire.

Residence: 34, Westbury Road, Ipswich.


Rank: Sergeant/Wireless Operator; Service Number: 1800248

Regiment: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 5 Lancaster Finishing School.


Grave Reference:

Sec.7. Grave 11.

Laxfield Cemetery,



Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Robert Thomas Aspinall & Ruby Anna Aspinall, of Ipswich.


Father: Robert Thomas Aspinall, born April 1896, Leigh, Lancashire. A Civil Servant – Inland Revenue Tax Office.

Mother: Ruby Anna Aspinall (nee Felgate), born 1898, Laxfield, Suffolk.


14th April 1944


Aircraft: Avro Lancaster; Serial number: W4 103; Operation: Training. Forty minutes into a daytime dual flying exercise, the Lancaster collided in mid-air with a beam approach training Airspeed Oxford, LB415 from 1521 Flight . Which had taken off at 15;35 hrs at Wymeswold airfield. The collision at 16:30 hrs was at an altitude of 1000ft over the village of Screveton, Lincolnshire. Witnesses stated that both pilots tried to steer their damaged aircraft away from the village. The Lancaster came down in a field near Flintham Road. The Oxford at Lodge Lane.

Lancaster fellow Crew:

Henry Holmes Richardson DFM; Flight Officer/Pupil Instructor; age 28; R.C.A.F.


Patrick William Laidler; Pilot Officer/Pupil Pilot; age 28; R.A.A.F.

Henry Ernest Herbert; Sergeant/Flight Engineer; Henry Ernest Herbert; age: 19; R.A.F.V.R.

Peter William Raymond Holes; Flight Officer/Navigator; age 22; R.A.F.V.R.


David Winchester McRver; Flight Officer/Air Bomber; age 22; R.A.F.V.R. – photograph courtesy of George Watson’s College Edinburgh 

Victor Charles William Arras Gouldstone; Sergeant/Air Gunner; age 27; R.A.F.V.R.

Sidney Stokoe; Pilot Under Training/Aircraftman Class 2; age 19; R.A.F.V.R.

Frederick William Edwards; Air Gunner/Sergeant; age 22; R.A.F.V.R.


Oxford Crew:

James Addison Hawkins; Pilot Instructor/ Flight Lieutenant; age 22; R.A.F.V.R. – injured.

Bryan Hedley Dennis; Pilot Under Training/Flight Officer; age 21; R.A.F.V.R.


James Hawkins was thrown from the aircraft, and descended down by parachute. He sadly died later that day at the RAF Hospital, Quarrington, Sleaford, Lincolnshire.


Richardson Creek, which flows into Nejanilini Lake, Manitoba, Canada is named after Henry Holmes Richardson as part of the Aircrew Canadian Commemorative Geographical Feature Naming Program.


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