Memorial Cross Group to SGT. Air Gunner Hodges
Memorial Cross Group to SGT. Air Gunner Hodges - Canadian Volunteer Service Medal with Overseas Bar; Defence Medal; War Medal 1939-1945; and Canadian Memorial Cross, engraved (SGT. AIR GUNNER C.M. HODGES R266186), with RCAF Wings Pin Suspension. Original ribbons, near mint. Footnote: Campbell McRae Hodges was from Toronto, Ontario, a member of #22 Operational Training Unit. At 10.20 hours on June 16, 1944, a Wellington HZ 715 22 OTU, with an all-Canadian eight man crew, took off from Stratford upon Avon for a dual control and cross-country training flight. While flying in cloud and mist over the Lake District in Scotland, the aircraft failed to clear Red Pike and struck the rock face at 13.35 hours, killing all on board instantly. The aircraft appears to have impacted into the rock face only feet below the summit. The heat from the post-crash fire still marks the rock. Only small fragments of the aircraft remain today. The Wellington had a unique Barnes Wallis geodetic structure, which made it robust and able to continue to operate with severe damage but could not help the members of this fateful crew.