115 Squadron
115 Squadron
115 Squadron

21 February 1946

Lancaster Mk III - PB373 KO/?

Lancaster  HK542
T/O Graveley - While on test flight caught fire & blew up near Leamington Spa, Warwickshire.

Source: aviation-safety.net.

Wreckage scattered over a very wide area from as far south as Chesterton Windmill but with the main debris at Fosse cottages on Fosse Lane and the Red House Farm. A hunt was made for the seventh member of the crew as witnesses saw a parachute fall. This was discovered later and it seems that it was empty have been blown out of the aircraft. One body was found within the wreckage, three in an adjoining field, two others about a hundred yards away.

Source: more info and photos on Aircrew Remembered.

Cantrell John Douglas Cantrell John Douglas - Pilot

F/Lt - Service No  153835

Age: 23

RAFVR

Son of Joseph Benedict and Emily Cantrell, of York.

Fulford Cemetery - Plot 16. Row X. Grave 34.

Source: CWGC.

Payne Donald Frederick Payne Donald Frederick - FE

F/Sgt - Service No 1737531

Age: 22 - °01/03/1923 Hallaton.

RAFVR

Son of

Stockerston (St. Peter) Churchyard.

Source: CWGC - photo: D. Kenyon.

The family lost on 30/09/1942 another son, Sgt Payne Horace Alexander, age 29.
Serv No 317030, of 30th Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own).
Husband of Genee Payne, of Holgate, one daughter Patricia.
Buried in Penzance.

Berry Frederick Reginald Berry Frederick Reginald - AB

F/Lt - Service No 154518

Age: 21

RAFVR

Son of Augustus Jack and Alice Berry.
Husband of Doris Berry of Cambridge.

Stapleford Cemetery, Cambridshire - Row A. Grave 56.

Source: CWGC - photo: FLICKR

Newman Maurice John Newman Maurice John - Nav

F/Sgt - Service No 1410814

Age: 23

RAFVR

Son of William James Newman and Florence Mabel Newman, of St. George, Bristol.

Bristol (Avon View) Cemetery - Plot Pink. W. Grave 17.

Source: CWGC.

Crutchley Dennis William Crutchley Dennis William - Wop/AG

F/S - Service No 1819939

Age: 21

RAFVR

Son of William and Doreen Crutchley, of Burton-upon-Trent.
Husband of Winifred Gladys Crutchley, of Burton-upon-Trent.

Burton-Upon-Trent Cemetery - Gen. Sec. Grave 5747.

Source: CWGC - photo: Grumpy man Baddileyram.

Stedman Ronald Stedman Ronald - AG

F/Sgt - Service No 1811928

Age:

RAFVR

Son of Stanley and Muriel A. Holt, of Heaton Moor, Stockport, Cheshire.

City of London Cemetery and Crematorium, Manor Park - Screen Wall. Square 24]. Coll. grave 108031.

Source: CWGC.