Born: 1920, Colchester, Essex.

Died: 17th March 1941; age 20; killed in an aircraft collision, at King’s Lynn, Norfolk.


Rank: Pilot Officer/Pilot; Service Number: 89345.

Regiment: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 86 Squadron.


Grave Reference:

Screen Wall,

Ipswich Crematorium,



Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Mr. & Mrs. B.T. Cresswell, of Colchester, Essex.

Father: Bertram Thomas Cresswell, born 1884, Colchester, Essex. A water rate collector – borough council.

Mother: Ethel Cresswell (nee Denny), born November 1886, Colchester, Essex.


17th March 1941

Aircrafts: Bristol Blenheim IV; serial numbers: Z5808 and V5464; based at R.A.F. Station Wattisham, Suffolk. The two Bristol Blenheims, of 86 Squadron collided and crashed on a convoy escort flight.



William Rex Loxton; Sergeant/Observer; age 23; R.A.F.V.R.

Frank Joseph Berry; Sergeant/Wireless Operator; age 21; R.A.F.V.R.



Basil George Mace; Flying Officer/Pilot; age 23; R.A.F.

Bernard Charles Gilmore; Sergeant/Wireless Operator; R.A.F.V.R.

John Sinclair Wrightson; Sergeant/Observer; age 25; R.A.F.V.R.

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