William James Sydney Jones Heap

Aircraftman 2nd Class William James Sydney Jones Heap died on 12th March 1942 when his Blackburn Botha plane crashed into a cliff face on the Isle of Man.

Aircraftman 2nd Class

William James Sydney Jones Heap

1123746

Aircraftman 2nd Class William James Sydney Jones Heap from Belfast, Co. Down died in a fatal aviation accident on 12th March 1942 when Blackburn Botha L6314 came down on the Isle of Man.

Aircraftman 2nd Class William James Sydney Jones Heap (1123746) served in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve during World War Two. William had lived at 40 Glendower Street, Belfast, Co. Down. He was the husband of Margaret Campbell Heap of Hendon, Middlesex.

Aircraftman Heap died at 1640hrs on 12th March 1942 aged 26 years old. He was a Wireless Operator onboard Blackburn Botha L6314 from No. 3 School of General Reconnaissance at Squire’s Gate, Blackpool, Lancashire. It crashed in bad visibility on the cliffs at Burro Meanagh between Cronk ny Arrey Laa and Port Erin on the Isle of Man.

Last NameFirst Name(s)RankRoleInformation
AartsBernardus MariaFlight SergeantRoyal Netherlands Naval Air Service.
DobsonLeonardPilot OfficerPilotRAF 113417.
HeapWilliam James Sydney JonesAircraftman 2nd ClassWireless OperatorRAF 1123746.
StoreyLeonard CharlesFlight SergeantPilotRAF 928608.
WilliamsJohn AlbertPilot OfficerWireless OperatorRAF 112721.

Locals found the wreckage of the plane 2 days later. Contemporary reports suggest the rescue party had to secure the wreckage to the cliff face before recovering the airmen’s bodies. Afterward, the rescuers pushed much of the wreck over the cliffs. Scattered fragments still remain strewn across the cliffs and down to sea-level.

William James Sydney Jones Heap’s grave is in Section A2, Grave 230 of Dundonald Cemetery, Dundonald, Co. Down.

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