Corporal Robert Stewart


RAF Corporal Robert Stewart 529472 was the son of John and Elizabeth Stewart of Luncarty. He was 30 years old when he died in a flying accident on 12 October 1941.

A record regarding the circumstances of exactly how he died is not currently available. All that is known is that he was on board Airspeed AS.10 Oxford II P1810, (nicknamed the ‘Ox-box’) a twin engine monoplane used for training aircrews in navigation, radio-operating, bombing and gunnery roles.

Oxford P1810 crashed during a night landing at RAF South Cerney, near Cirencester, Gloucestershire, England. He was training with RAF 3 SFTS (Service Flying Training School) operating with Airspeed Oxford’s and Hawker Hart’s.

Corporal Robert Stewart is buried in Auchtergaven Parish Churchyard, Bankfoot.

Research by Ken Bruce

Notes:

In 1941, the aviator Amy Johnson went missing in an Airspeed Oxford, presumably crashing into the Thames Estuary. Amy Johnson was married to Jim Mollison, a Scottish pioneer aviator, born in Glasgow, they divorced in 1938. Mollison flying as co-pilot in an Avro Anson when it was shot up by Luftwaffe fighters. The aircraft was hit, the 12 passengers and crew were unhurt.

Parts of “Piece of Cake”, a 1988 British six-part television serial depicting the fictional life of a Royal Air Force fighter squadron during the first year of the Second World War, was filmed at RAF South Cerney.

THE ROYAL AIR FORCE IN BRITAIN, 1941 (MH 26377) RAF ground crew service an Airspeed Oxford. View framed by a circular engine cowling. Copyright: © IWM. Original Source: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205199030
THE ROYAL AIR FORCE IN BRITAIN, FEBRUARY 1942 (TR 33) Three Airspeed Oxford Mark Is, serving with No 6 Flying Training School at Little Rissington, Gloucestershire, in flight above the clouds. Copyright: © IWM. Original Source: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205018250
AIRCRAFT OF THE ROYAL AIR FORCE 1939-1945: AIRSPEED AS.10 OXFORD. (CH 11526) Oxford Mark II, P8833 ?Nurse Cavell? of the Air Ambulance Unit (operating within No. 24 Squadron RAF), on the ground at Hendon, Middlesex. Copyright: © IWM. Original Source: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205126977
AIRCRAFT OF THE ROYAL AIR FORCE 1939-1945: AIRSPEED AS 10 OXFORD. (CH 1098) Three Oxford Mark Is of No. 14 Service Flying Training School based at Cranfield, Bedfordshire, in flight. Copyright: © IWM. Original Source: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205126780
AIRCRAFT OF THE ROYAL AIR FORCE 1939-1945: AIRSPEED AS 10 OXFORD. (CH 1093) Oxford Mark Is of No. 14 Service Flying Training School, lined up at Cranfield, Bedfordshire. Copyright: © IWM. Original Source: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205126779