November 1942

Blenheim Bomber

At about 3.10pm on 6th November 1942 a Blenheim Bomber crashed in Newton Tony, burst into flames and was destroyed. The crew of three all died instantly.

The crash took place close to a bridge over the railway line, some three quarters of a mile from the then railway station. The aircraft, number BA 818WV, belonged to No. 18 Squadron RAF and was on a training flight from RAF West Raynham in Norfolk. It flew very low over the village causing the children in school to be sent out in case it crashed on the building. It could not fully clear the ridge on which the railway line lay, hit a large straining post in the fence and did not recover.
Mr James Toogood who was ploughing in an adjacent field witnessed the crash but nothing could be done.

The crew were:-
1340624 Sergeant (Pilot) Robert C Gibson RAFVR. Aged 20
He is buried in Durrington Cemetery, Grave 754.
He was the son of William and Lucy May Gibson of Clarkston, Lanarkshire.
1066739 Sergeant (Observer) Thomas J McCloud RAFVR. Aged 24
He is buried in Comber New Cemetery, Section 7 Grave 86.
He was the son of Samuel and Martha McCloud of Comber, N Ireland.
1283481 Sergeant (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner) Herbert E Shaw. Aged 25
He is buried in Streatham Park Cemetery, Square 12, Grave 14361.
He was the son of John Alfred and Alice Amelia Shaw and husband of Maud Florence of Kennington, London.