Glossop Cemetery, Derbyshire – AC2 Wilfred Pownall RAF 1043753

W. Pownall Glossop reduced

Wellington Mk.III X.3355 AA-Y took off from Feltwell at approximately 13:10 on the 28th of February 1942 for an engine check. During the air test the starboard motor failed, followed soon afterward by the port engine. As the crew prepared for an emergency landing, the aircraft stalled and crashed at 4:00pm , near Lime Kiln Farm, Brandon, Suffolk, 5 miles North West of Thetford, Norfolk.

The Wellington burst into flames on impact.

Army personnel, stationed nearby, along with local inhabitants, helped to pull the airmen from the burning wreckage. The farmer on whose land the bomber had crashed on, a Mr G. F. Harrington was awarded the British Empire Medal, for bravery shown.

AC2 Wilfred Pownall and Cpl Kenneth John Howes, both groundcrew were killed in the crash and the 2nd Pilot, Sgt. Henry William Woodham RNZAF, died of his injuries later that day.

Cpl Howes now rests in Selby Cemetery, Yorkshire.
Sgt. Woodham was buried in St. Nicholas Churchyard, Feltwell.

3 thoughts on “Glossop Cemetery, Derbyshire – AC2 Wilfred Pownall RAF 1043753

  1. Bryan Strong

    Two questions
    1. Are we just looking for 75 (NZ) Squadron graves or any RNZAF personnel?
    2. Are we looking for the above only in the UK?
    I realise that the task would become much greater if the quest was widened.
    Keep up the great work.
    Bryan Strong


    1. 75nzsquadron Post author

      Hi Bryan
      The project is to try to collect an image of a head stone or plaque for every airman that is listed in the Roll of Honour for the Squadron. So as such, their nationality is immaterial – as it were. Through the remarkable generosity of the ‘New Zealand War Graves Project’ ( I have a significant number of those airmen from the RNZAF, though off the top of my head, they still have gaps, I think, mainly in France regarding the collection.

      I think – and I might be wrong, but I think that all the remaining cemeteries to be visited in the UK are RAF airmen, simply by definition that wider than cemeteries that are near the airfields that the Squadron flew from, most of the boys would have been claimed by relatives and ‘bought home’ to be buried.



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