Handley Page Halifax Mk.II JP190 of No.1656 Heavy Conversion Unit crashed on Muckle Knowe near Hawick on the 1st April 1944
|Ronald Emerson Ross MBE MM||Flying Officer||Pilot||Killed|
|John Birkett||Flying Officer||Air Bomber||Killed|
|Peter Burchell||Flight Sergeant||Navigator||Killed|
|Brian Atkinson Bell||Sergeant||Flight Engineer||Killed|
|Cyril Farthing||Sergeant||Flight Engineer||Killed|
|Harold William Simpson||Sergeant||Wireless Operator||Killed|
|John Grimes Hinder||Sergeant||Air Gunner||Killed|
|Herbert Smith||Sergeant||Air Gunner||Killed|
The crew, along with a second Flight Engineer, were on a night cross country navigation exercise from RAF Lindholme near Doncaster having taken off at 20:15 when the aircraft struck Muckle Knowe, a hill in the Craik Forest near to Hawick, just below its summit and not from what was then a farm at Wolf Cleugh Head.
Flying Officer Ross received his commission in September 1943, having been appointed MBE in the New Year Honours list in 1941 while at the rank of Warrant Officer. He had received his Military Medal in November 1936 for service with the No.2 Armoured Car Company, RAF, in Palestine, his rank at the time was Leading Aircraftman.
The crew are all buried or commemorated at different locations around the the UK.