Sergeants Eric and Ronald Osgood

Out of the blue I received an email the other day from a gentleman who had noticed an unusual gravestone in Milton Cemetery in Portsmouth. It commemorates two brothers serving in the RAF who were killed on the same day in 1940, and are buried in a joint grave.

Sergeant Eric Edwin Heaton Osgood (20) and Sergeant Ronald Arthur Osgood (22) both died on 17 July 1940. Their parents were Albert and Elizabeth Osgood, of Widley.

The ever-reliable Gerry at the Portsmouth Cemeteries Office informs me that the two brothers were killed in an air crash at RAF Sealand, a training and maintenance base in Scotland. And according to the burial registers their parents were living at Beaconsfield Road in Cosham.

I have emailed the RAF Museum, who hold records of all RAF aircraft crashes. Hopefully we can find out a bit more about the Osgood brothers. I must confess I had no idea about them, although I have previously written about the Venables brothers who were also killed in the same air crash in September 1945.



Filed under portsmouth heroes, Royal Air Force, Uncategorized

16 responses to “Sergeants Eric and Ronald Osgood

  1. Paul Docking

    RAF Sealand was located in Flintshire, near Queensferry. The aircraft involved were Oxford I L4618 of 5 Flying Training School and Miles Master N7432, also of 5 Flying Training School. The collision happened over Shotton Steelworks. The deaths of the Osgoods were recorded at Harwarden, now Deeside. Notification was also published in the Roll of Honour in Flight magazine of 8 August 1940. [All information above freely available on internet]

  2. Paul Docking

    Just to be clear, Flintshire is in north-east Wales, not Scotland

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