Born: 3rd June 1916, Ely, Cambridgeshire.

Died: 9th November 1941; age: 25; aircraft lost on the journey home after a bombing raid over Hamburg, Germany.

Residence: 126, Felixstowe Road, Ipswich.

Occupation: a Builder & House Agent – own account.


Rank: Sergeant; Service Number: 95998.

Regiment: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 9 Squadron.


Memorial Reference:

Panel 45.

Runnymede Memorial,

Englefield Green,



Relatives Notified & Address: Son of James William & Emily Ada How; husband of Mary Una How, of Ipswich.


Father: James William How, born July 1873, Great Bavely, Huntingdonshire. A Builder.

Mother: Emily Ada How (nee Burchell), born November 1876, Ely, Cambridgeshire – died January 1945, Ipswich. A School Teacher.



Reginald was a Builder & House Agent – own account. He was living with his fiancée, Mary and her parents at their family home – 97, Leopold Road, Ipswich.

George Ernest Nalborough, a retired Railway Offical Continental Booking Clerk, born August 1869, Harwich, Essex.

Florence Glencorce Nalborough (nee McLachlan), unpaid Domestic Duties, born November 1880, Braintree, Essex.

Mary Nalborough, a Drapher’s Assistant & First Aid (part time) – Messrs. Footman, Pretty & Co.


In 1940, Deben, Suffolk, Reginald married Mary Una Nalborough, born February 1915, Tendring, Essex.


Probate to Lloyds Bank Limited.


Reginald is also remembered on the war memorial at Rushmere St. Andrew, Suffolk.


9th November 1941


Aircraft: Vickers Wellington III; serial number X3280; based at R.A.F. Honnington, Suffolk.

On the 9th November 1941, X3280 was the first of nine Vickers Wellington III to take off at 17:30hrs on a bombing raid over Hamburg, Germany. The aircraft attacked their target at 19:52hrs, and began to make the journey back to base. At 21:09hrs X3280 sent out an SOS. Contact was then lost, and at 21:15hrs the aircraft crashed into Waddenzee, south of Vlieland with the loss of the crew. It is not known if the loss was due to flak or by an attack of a German Nightfighter.

Hugh Wilgar-Robinson’s body was washed ashore near Vlieland. A few days later the body of George Dartnall washed ashore near Søndervig, Denmark. The remaining crew members bodies were never discovered. In June 2011, the aircraft was discovered in the Waddenzee by a local expert – Mr. Lammert Kwant.


Kenneth Quick; Sergeant/Air Gunner; age 21; R.A.F.V.R.

William Smithson; Sergeant/ Wireless Operator/Air Gunner; age 24; R.A.F.V.R.

Hugh Vincent Wilgar-Robinson; Flight Officer/Pilot; age 30; R.A.F.V.R.

George Herbert Dartnall; Sergeant/Wireless Operator/Air Gunner; age 22; R.A.F.V.R.

Robert Bamber Fielding; Sergeant/Co-Pilot; age 27; R.A.F.V.R.

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