Keith LETCH, Sergeant (Pilot), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Killed in an aircraft collision over Cambridgeshire. Aged 20



Keith Letch was born in Chelmsford in 1921, the son of Albert Edward Letch (1887-1960) and Lucy Keyworth Letch (nee Jackson) (1885-1945). His parents had married in 1908. Keith's siblings included Winifred Margaret Letch (born in 1909), Kenneth Albert Letch (1911-1982), and Cyril G. Letch (1920-1921).

Keith was educated at King Edward VI's Grammar School in Chelmsford, before working for Messrs Luckin & Sheldrake of Waterloo Lane, Chelmsford. He played cricket for Chelmsford.

In July 1941 he joined the Royal Air Force, where he served as Sergeant (Pilot) 1336613 Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Three months later went for further training in Canada and then the U.S.A.


On 7th September 1942 Keith was one of four airmen from 7 (Pilot) Advanced Flying Unit at R.A.F. Sibson in Cambridgeshire killed when their two training aircraft a Miles Master II (DL849) and (DL838) collided near over Cambridgeshire.  DL849 crashed Newton Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, while DL838 fell at Poplar Tree Farm, Newton Wisbech. The other men killed in the incident were Sergeant [Pilot] Frederick Norman Andrew, Pilot Officer Noel Galbraith Bailey, and Sergeant (Pilot) Donald David Knott.

Keith was aged 20 and was engaged to Mary Turner of Swiss Avenue, Chelmsford. His parents were resident at 58 First Avenue, Chelmsford, the address given as his 'usual abode' in his burial register. 

Keith's funeral service was held at Hall Street Methodist Church, Chelmsford on 12th September 1942) with burial afterwards at Chelmsford Borough Cemetery (Grave 5702).