21 February 1946
Lancaster Mk III - PB373 KO/?
|T/O Graveley - While on test flight caught fire & blew up near Leamington Spa, Warwickshire.
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 - Pilot
F/Lt - Service No 153835
Son of Joseph Benedict and Emily Cantrell, of York.
Fulford Cemetery - Plot 16. Row X. Grave 34.
|Payne Donald Frederick - FE
F/Sgt - Service No 1737531
Age: 22 - °01/03/1923 Hallaton.
Stockerston (St. Peter) Churchyard.
Source: CWGC - photo: D. Kenyon.
The family lost on 30/09/1942 another son, Sgt Payne Horace Alexander, age 29.
|Berry Frederick Reginald - AB
F/Lt - Service No 154518
Son of Augustus Jack and Alice Berry.
Stapleford Cemetery, Cambridshire - Row A. Grave 56.
Source: CWGC - photo: FLICKR
|Newman Maurice John - Nav
F/Sgt - Service No 1410814
Son of William James Newman and Florence Mabel Newman, of St. George, Bristol.
Bristol (Avon View) Cemetery - Plot Pink. W. Grave 17.
|Crutchley Dennis William - Wop/AG
F/S - Service No 1819939
Son of William and Doreen Crutchley, of Burton-upon-Trent.
Burton-Upon-Trent Cemetery - Gen. Sec. Grave 5747.
Source: CWGC - photo: Grumpy man Baddileyram.
|Stedman Ronald - AG
F/Sgt - Service No 1811928
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.