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.
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.
Jack attended the Colchester Royal Grammar School and is remembered on their school memorial.
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.