Barraclough, William (No. 1083474)

Barraclough, William

Flight Sergeant (Navigator/Bomber)

No. 1083474, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Killed in an aircraft accident on Thursday 18 November 1943 (aged 22)


Chorley Cemetery, Lancashire, England (Section E.E.C. Grave 921)


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Chorley War Memorial


William Barraclough’s birth was registered in the second quarter of 1921 in Bradford, Yorkshire and he was a son of Willie and Phyllis Anne Barraclough (nee Mather) whose marriage was registered in the fourth quarter of 1917 in North Bierley, Yorkshire.  They had at least three children:

Tyson (born 1918)

William (born 1921)

Victor (born 1924)

William Barraclough’s marriage to Marion Tootell was registered in the fourth quarter of 1942 in Chorley, Lancashire.  During the Second World War William Barraclough served with the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.

Flight Sergeant William Barraclough (No. 1083474) was 22 when he died on 18 November 1943 along with the other three crew members when their Lockheed Hudson Mark V aircraft (AE653) of No. 5 (Coastal) Operational Training Unit based at RAF Long Kesh, crashed into Strangford Lough just south of Chapel Island (off Greyabbey).  They were on a rocket-firing exercise using the submarine target at South Island in Strangford Lough.

The other three men who died in the crash were the pilot, Sergeant Walter Edward Fern (RAFVR); Flight Sergeant Raymond Farquhar Simpson (RNZAF) and Flight Sergeant Andrew Greenwell Gibbison (RNZAF).

Flight Sergeant William Barraclough (No. 1083474) was buried in Chorley Cemetery, Lancashire, England just a few months before his daughter Elaine was born.  Her birth was registered in the third quarter of 1944 in Chorley.  There is an inscription on Sergeant Barraclough’s CWGC headstone:


His effects amounted to some £119 and probate was granted to his widow Marion who was living at 20 Bolton Street, Chorley.

Flight Sergeant William Barraclough (No. 1083474) is commemorated on Chorley War Memorial.