Born: 1922, Ipswich.

Died: 23rd February 1943; age: 20; killed in aircraft crash whilst under training.

Residence: 58, New Cut West, Ipswich.


Rank: Leading Aircraftman/Air Bomber under training; Service Number: 1395879.

Regiment: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, No.1 (Observers) Advanced Flying Unit.


Grave Reference:


Ipswich New Cemetery,



Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Charles Henry & Jessie Sarah Chittock, of Ipswich.


Father: Charles Henry Chittock, born February 1874, Henley, Suffolk. A Malster’s Labourer.

Mother: Jessie Sarah Chittock (nee Adams), born October 1878, Henley, Suffolk.


23rd February 1943

Aircraft: Avro Anson Mk1; serial number: EG460, based at Wigton airfield, Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland. On the 23rd February 1943, EG460 was undertaking a navigation training exercise. The aircraft failed to return to base and following a search the wreckage of the aircraft was found on a hillside near Moneymore, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland. It is believed the weather was poor and perhaps while off course, the aircraft hit a mist shrouded hill. All the crew were killed.


Peter Derek Rumsam; Sergeant/Pilot; age 20; R.A.F.V.R.

Arthur Norbury; Sergeant/Wireless Operator/Air Gunner; age 31; R.A.F.V.R.

David Nesia Thomas; Leading Aircraftman/Navigator under training; age 22; R.A.F.V.R.

Eric Shirley Walker Watts; Leading Aircraftman/Navigator under training; age 22; R.A.F.V.R.


Aircraft information courtesy of John Allan.

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