My Family research Journey
In carrying out my Family research I have discovered the husband of my Aunt, JOSEPH STEWART of Belfast, Northern Ireland served in the Royal Air Force during World War two. JOSEPH was a Flight Sergeant performing the duties of Wireless Operator and Gunner on Vickers/Wellington R1334 with number 11 Operational Training Unit. (OTU)
On the 21st JULY 1941 he along with his other seven colleagues took off in the Vickers/Wellington from RAF STEEPLE MORDEN, Hertfordshire on a night time cross country training exercise. At approximately 01.19 on the 22nd JULY their aircraft was intercepted by a Luftwaffe Junkers JU-88C and on opening fire the Wellington sustained damage causing the Aircraft to lose control and in the attempts to land the Wellington and Junker JU-88C collided with both Aircraft crashing to the ground in flames near ASHWELL, Hertfordshire. There were no survivors from either craft.
Hannah. Walter Anthony. Sergeant Pilot. 22 yrs.
Hibbert. Reginald Ernest. Sergeant W/A/Gunner 20yrs.
Houston. Frederick Slade Sergeant Pilot 22Yrs.
Lewis. Claude Mortimer Spratt. Sergeant. Obs: ??
Manning. Percival Theodore Sergeant. W/A/Gnr. 20yrs
McAllister. Robert Andrew Sergeant. A/Gnr. 26yrs.
Stewart Joseph F/Sergeant W/A/Gnr. 26yrs
Thompson. Bruce Cathcart Sergaent. Pilot 24yrs.
Junker JU-88C Crew: Luftwaffe.
Lieutenant Heinz Volker Pilot ??
Herbert Indenbirken. Radio Operator/Gnr; ??
Feldwebel Andreas Wurstl. Flight Mechanic. ??
My Uncle JOSEPH STEWART is buried in Belfast City Cemetery.
Should anyone with knowledge of this incident or reference points to the crash site I would be extremely grateful to learn of such information.
Mr Richard MEEKE.