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Mission: Nickel Operation to Nantes region of France.

Date: 18
th November 1942.

Unit: 21 O.T.U.

Type: Vickers Wellington Ic.

Serial: T2574

Code: Unknown.

Base: Moreton - in – the – Marsh.

Location: Between Liss and Longmoor, Hampshire, England.

Pilot: Sgt. Rothesay Linton Jones 415700 R.N.Z.A.F. (Age 23.) (Killed)

Nav: Sgt. Arthur William Mason 1338138 (Killed)

Obs: P/O Kenneth Marshall Holroyde 126879 (Age 32) (Killed)

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Stanley Rushworth 1379694 (Age 22) (Killed)

Air/Gnr: Sgt. T. C. Beddowes (Injured)

REASON FOR LOSS:


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(Left) An unidentified crew prepare for a mission in front of their Wellington aircraft. (Top right) Ground crew load leaflets into the bomb bay of a
Vickers Wellington, in preparation for a Nickel raid. (Bottom right) Examples of leaflets dropped over France during World War 2 (I.W.M.)


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With ground crews already running up the engines of their Wellington, crew members pose for the camera before boarding their aircraft for a mission. (I.W.M.)


Aircraft took-off from Moreton - in - the- Marsh at 1743 hrs and set course for the Nantes region of France on a Nickel operation. While flying at 11,000 feet over the English Channel, an engine caught fire and the pilot was forced to return. Having turned back and reaching landfall Sgt. Jones decided to carry out a premeditated descent through cloud. While doing so he tragically flew into the ground between Liss and Longmoor, four miles West-North-West from Liphook, Hampshire. Of those who died, Sgt Jones R.N.Z.A.F. is buried in Brookwood Military Cemetery, while the rest of those killed were taken to their home towns.

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Sergeant (Pilot) Rothesay Linton Jones 415700 R.N.Z.A.F. and his brother Innes Jones. (Hannah Teal)


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Colour tinted photo of Linton Jones and his grave at Brookwood Cemetery (Hannah Teal)


Burial Details:

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Sergeant (Pilot) Rothesay Linton Jones 415700 R.N.Z.A.F. (age 23) Brookwood Military Cemetery, Brookwood Woking,
Surrey, England. Plot: 2. Row G. Grave 1A.


Sergeant (Nav) Arthur William Mason Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. 1338138. London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, East Sheen Cemetery, Sec. H. Grave 282.

Pilot Officer. (Observer) Kenneth Marshall Holroyde Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. 126879 (Age 32) Hessle Cemetery, East Riding, Yorkshire, England. Plot: Comp. 59. Plot 7. Grave 57.

Sergeant (W.Op./Air Gnr.) Stanley Rushworth Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 1379694. (Age 22) St Peter's Churchyard, Halliwell, Bolton, Greater Manchester, England. Plot: Sec. M. Grave 164. Son of Edith Rushworth, of Halliwell, Bolton.

The graves of Stanley Rushworth and Arthur William Mason. (Peter Lucas)

Page construction by David King on behalf of Hannah Ailsa Christine Teale, Great, Great, Niece of Sergeant (Pilot ) Rothesay, Linton, Jones, and relatives of his crew. Both the society and Hannah would love to hear from anyone who can add any further information or photos, relating to Linton and his crew, along with any further information in relation to the crash location where they were tragically killed. If you are able to assist in any way please contact us (Here)

Acknowledgments:

With thanks to the following, Bill Chorley - "Bomber Command Losses" (Volume 7), C.W.G.C., I.W.M., Hannah Teal, Peter Lucas.
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