Personnel Index - Detail
10 November, 1940; THE NISSEN HUT TRAGEDY:
Shortly after 01.30hrs on Tuesday 10th, No 83 Squadron Hampdens were becoming airborne for a minelaying operation. During their take-off run, the aircraft of 748341 Sergeant A J Sarwell (X2964) and crew from 83 Squadron smashed into a Nissen hut.
Tragically, three men inside the hut, 19 year old AC1 Ronald King (a member of 49 Sqn) AC2 William Fraser (1355470) and AC2 Robert Rennie (1307761) were killed in this ghastly accident. The latter two victims are believed to have been airfield defence personnel. Corporal William Barclay (617497) was injured in the accident.
The aircrew survived the accident unharmed.