Hodgson, Raymond (No. 171815)

Hodgson, Raymond

Flying Officer (Pilot)

No. 171815, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Killed in an aircraft accident on Sunday 20 August 1944 (aged 23)

Buried:

Heworth (St. Mary) Churchyard, Durham, England (New Yard Plot G Grave 95)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

BIOGRAPHY

Raymond Hodgson was a son of Frederick and Elizabeth Hodgson of Heworth, Durham and the husband of Patricia Jane Hodgson (nee McKie) of Felling, Gateshead.  Their marriage was registered in the first quarter of 1944 in Durham.

During the Second World War Flying Officer Raymond Hodgson (No. 171815) served with the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.  On 20 August 1944, an Avro Anson aircraft (LT658) from No. 12 Air Gunners School based at Bishops Court was on an air gunnery exercise when it broke up in mid-air as a result of a structural failure.  Wreckage fell to the ground over a wide area centred on Ballygalget Roman Catholic Church and all five crew members on board were killed:

Flying Officer (Pilot) Raymond Hodgson

Sergeant (Flight Engineer) Kennedy Boyd Black

Sergeant (Flight Engineer) Frank Bennett Bloor

Flight Sergeant (Flight Engineer) Thomas Charles Crisp

Sergeant (Air Gunner) George William Thomas Walker

All five deaths were registered in Downpatrick.

Flying Officer Raymond Hodgson (No. 171815) was 23 when he died and he was buried in Heworth (St. Mary) Churchyard, Durham; his name on the headstone is spelt Raymund.  Also buried in the grave were Jane McKie who died on 31 March 1970 (aged 71) and Henry McKie who died on 14 December 1974 (aged 78).