Bomber crash, Newmarket, 6th January 1942

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  1. High Wood

    High Wood Well-Known Member

    In a letter that I am researching, written by a soldier in the Royal Corps of Signals, attached to the 10th battalion, Rifle Brigade, I have come across this reference to a bomber crashing at Newmarket, on the 6th January 1942.

    "About 9.30 this morning we heard some big bangs at the back of our camp in a field by the railway lines. One of the bombers from the aerodrome crashed and burnt itself out."

    I have had a look on the C.W.G.C. website and have found that whilst there were 39 R.A.F. fatal casualties in England that day, only one of whom is buried in Newmarket. 643058 Sgt. Anthony John Browne. I appreciate that aircrew were sometimes buried in their home towns and not necessarily at the nearest cemetery to the crash site.

    Sgt Browne's C.W.G.C. entry gives no details of his Squadron or next of kin, so I am having a problem finding out if he was the only casualty, or if he was killed by the aircraft crash rather than in it.

    Can anyone please tell which squadron was based at Newmarket in January 1942, what type of aircraft they flew and if possible, any details regarding the crash?

    Thank you.
    Last edited: Nov 25, 2023
  2. Finn Buch

    Finn Buch Active Member

    A/G Sgt. Anthony John Browne, 3 G.T. Flight, 643058, RAF was killed on 6th January 1942, when his aircraft, Vickers Wellington Mk 1C L7863 after take off from Newmarket quickly lost height and crashed onto a nearby railway embankment before skidding into an adjacent building and bursting into flames.

    All of the crew were killed, apart from 2 members who survived with injuries.

    See sources:

    Newmarket Heath - Newmarket

    Frederick Thomas Miniken | Great Bromley

    Best regards

    Finn Buch
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  3. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery

  4. High Wood

    High Wood Well-Known Member

    Thank you very much, it was exactly the information that I was looking for.

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    High Wood Well-Known Member

  6. Little Friend

    Little Friend Senior Member

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    I took these photographs over many years from 1992 onwards. These are along the Rowley Mile at Newmarket racecourse, Suffolk.

    RAF Newmarket - Wikipedia
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  7. High Wood

    High Wood Well-Known Member

    Thank you for posting the pictures. The letter writer mentions the race course and the July Stands in several of the letters.
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