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  Sergeant Cyril Hoy - No. 11 Operational Training Unit  
 

Sergeant Cyril Hoy - RAFVR

 
 Sergeant Cyril Hoy RAFVR was piloting Wellington Mk.IC X9953 when it took off from Westcott for a night navigation exercise on January 9/10, 1943. The aircraft iced up,  the aircraft was ordered abandoned and crashed at 0001 hours near Burbage on the South side of Hinckley, Leicestershire. Four crew members baled out and were injured but sadly Sergeant Hoy was killed.

The crew consisted of:

Name

Service

Hometown

Age

Sgt Cyril Hoy

RAFVR

Hull

25

Sgt Victor Sharp

RNZAF

-

35

P/O E.J. Mansell

RAFVR

-

-

Sgt Joseph Hoey

RNZAF

Wishaw,Lanarkshire

32

Sgt Ivan Tvrdeich

RNZAF

Auckland, New Zealand

32

 

 Tragically the Hoy family would lose another son later in the year, also in a training accident when their son Stanley was killed with 1660 Heavy Conversion Unit.

 

Cyril and Stanley Hoy

 

Sergeant Hoy is buried with his older brother, Stanley in a joint grave at Hull Eastern cemetery. Sadly, all but one member of the crew were killed on operations after being assigned to other crews. 

Cyril and Stanley Hoy's grave.

Sgt Joseph Hoy would later be killed on the Mannheim raid in 75 Squadron on 23/24th September 1943. Sergeant Sharp was later to be killed on an op to Hanover in 90 Squadron on 28th September 1943. Sergeant Ivan Tvrdeich RNZAF, who was became a member of the Caterpillar Club for the above incident, was to be killed in 15 squadron on an op to Berlin on 24/25th March 1944.

 

 
 
  Photos courtesy of Graham Walker, special thanks to Errol Martyn, research by Linda Ibrom.