Born: 1925, Ipswich.

Died: 13th October 1944; age: 19; Killed in flying accident – Ely, Cambridgeshire.

Residence: 29, Felixstowe Road, Ipswich.


Rank: Sergeant/Flight Engineer/Cadet; Service Number: 3005593.

Regiment: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.


Grave Reference:


Ipswich Old Cemetery,



Relatives Notified & Address: Son of William & Etta Richardson, of Ipswich.


Father: William Richardson, born April 1896, Ipswich.

Mother: Etta Richardson (nee Moss), born September 1896, Stowupland, Suffolk.



Roy was living with his parents at their family home – 29, Felixstowe Road, Ipswich.

William, a Departmental Clerk – Lord Chancellor’s Department – County Council. During the Second World War William was an Air Raid Warden.

Etta, unpaid Domestic Duties.


12th October 1944

Aircraft – Stirling III; Serial Number: LK465 of the 1657 Heavy Conversion Unit. An ex Air Training Corps. On the 12th October 1944 the Stirling III was a cross-country flight of 5 & 1/2hrs duration on the night of the 12th October. It had taken off at 6.50pm, shortly before 8.40pm one engine became unserviceable – the aircraft crashed at 8.40pm 2km north of Chedburgh airfield. The aircraft caught fire. 2 of the crew were killed immediately, 4 were taken to hospital seriously injured, 1 escaped with shock.

2 of the 7 man Crew:

Joseph James Donnachie; Sergeant/Air Bomber/Bomb Aimer; age 32; R.A.F.V.R.

Allan Russell Hall; Flying Officer/Observer; age 37; R.A.C.F. Died of Injuries.

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