LEST WE FORGET

Aircraft Accident (No. 455 Squadron Beaufighter aircraft LZ193), RAF Station Leuchars, 29 December 1943

No. 455 Squadron was in the process of converting from Hampden aircraft to Beaufighter aircraft. On 29 December 1943, five No. 455 Squadron pilots went solo while LZ193 crashed and burst into flames during a demonstration flight, killing both crew members.

The crew members of LZ193 were:

Flying Officer Peter Stanley Gumbrell (124722) (RAFVR) (No. 455 Squadron)
Flight Lieutenant William Henry Clements Toombs (414359) (RNZAF) (No. 489 Squadron RNZAF)

References:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Gordon, I. (Ian) Strike and Strike Again: 455 Squadron 1944-5, Banner Books Belconnen ACT 2616, 1995

Bibliography:

Lawson, John Horwood Wightman (251634) The Story of No. 455 Squadron (RAAF), Wilke and Company, Melbourne VIC, 1951