Wellington IC T2968, of 105 Officer Training Unit 29/4/1944

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  1. mikky

    mikky Member

    I am trying to find more information on what happened to Wellington IC T2968, of 105 Officer Training Unit, the main main resident unit at Bramcote, (I think part of 44 Group Transport Command) which crashed into a hill shortly after take off on the night of the 29th April, 1944. The pilot was Gerald Stark Toller. I believe they were practicing night flying.

    I'm researching an individual and have enough information on the crew, I would mainly like to find out what caused the crash.

    Would there be a war diary for this unit.

    Where might I find a war diary for 105 O.T.U,?

    Regards Mike
    Last edited: Feb 10, 2020
  2. CL1

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

  3. alieneyes

    alieneyes Senior Member

  4. mikky

    mikky Member

    Thank you CL 1 and thank you Dave, that's what I require. [​IMG]

  5. dp_burke

    dp_burke Junior Member

  6. mikky

    mikky Member

    Thanks again. Yes I saw that and very useful.

    Seems there two fatal casualties in this accident with Sergeant Stanley Reed injured Sergeant Ronald Stables Ogg (1557938) Radio Opera Wellington IC T2968 and Flying Officer Gerald Stark Toller (74747) Pilot Wellington IC T2968

    Wellington IC T2968 [Royal Air Force Aircraft Serial and Image Database]

    Was it normal to have just 3 men on a Wellington flight at night?

  7. KevinBattle

    KevinBattle Senior Member

    105 OTU was a Transport Training unit, in preparation for resumption of civilian flights, so presumably no gunners aboard, leaving just 3 crew for the flight.
    Geralds father was a Foreign Office official and the National Archives have a file regarding. W. Stark Toller, H.M. acting consul, Chungking: compensation for damage to personal effects in connection with his transfer (1919) and he spent his childhood in China. He is also commemorated on his mothers headstone in Streatham Cemetery.
  8. mikky

    mikky Member

    Many thanks Kevin. That's useful. It is actually Ronnie Ogg I am researching, he came from my home town and I am in contact with a relative. I hope to have the diary of 105 O.T.U. by Saturday and hope it contains further info on the accident.

  9. CL1

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

    from my photo collection

    Leading Aircraftman PARKER, FREDERICK GEORGE
    Service Number 1871779

    Died 29/04/1944

    Aged 44

    Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

    Son of George and Jenny Hannah Parker; husband of M. L. Parker, of Reading, Berkshire.

    Location: Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
    Number of casualties: 120

    Cemetery/memorial reference: Block 10. Grave 16023.

  10. KevinBattle

    KevinBattle Senior Member

    Caption should be OPERATIONAL Training Unit, methinks?

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