Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Appendix 1
Appendix 2
Appendix 3
Appendix 4
Appendix 5
Appendix 6

Appendix 6


Sources contacted and references

  • Public Records Office: Forms 540 & 541 (Appendices) Microfilm—Air Box 27















832 (Wellington Squadron)





  • 50 Squadron Association, 35 Wetherby Crescent, Lincoln LN16 8SY Services Records (PG5a) and Medals (PGMan 2B) RAF Insworth Glos. GL3 1EZ
  • National Meteorological Library and Archive, Bracknell Berks, RG12 2PW
  • MOD Air Historical Branch, 2-5 Gt Scotland Yard, SW1A 2HW
  • Irish Embassy 17 Grosvenor Place SW1X 7HR
  • Irish Meteorological Service, Glasnevin Hill, Dublin 9
  • Irish Military Archives, Cathal Brugha Barracks, Rathmines Dublin 6
  • A.P. Kearns, 89 Abbey Park, Baldoyle, Dublin 13 (8324235) Irish Air Historian
  • F/L. R1. Bartley (50 Sqdn) Chapel Cottage, Park Corner, Nettlebed. Oxon RG9 6DR
  • The Last Flight of AD730—Video. Irish Aviation Museum 1991
  • The Forgotten Many—John Quinn. Irish Wreckology Group 1991
  • The Hampden File—Harry Moyle, Air Britain Publications 1989
  • Portrait of a bomber Pilot—Christopher Jary, Sydney Jary Ltd 1990
  • Concise Guide to British Aircraft of World War 11—David Mandley, Chancellor Press 1994

My thanks are due to the late Richard Stokes, Rector of Blessington, through whose initiative the nearest relatives of all the crew were traced and were therefore able to attend the Memorial Service which he arranged for the 50th anniversary of the crash. This was attended by representatives of the Irish and British Governments and Armed Services. My thanks also to the people of Blessington for the continuing friendship and help which they have given me throughout the years.

I wish also to thank Dr A.R. Bridbury for his friendship and considerable help in research for this book in the Public Records Office at Kew.

The author, Colin Hill

Reconnaissance Corps during the war