R.A.F. CREWS WAR MEMORIAL
War2 - Detailed Information
Compiled and Copyright © Transcribed Shaz Ann; researched Martin
Edwards - 2018
memorial is to be found at the junction of Massingham Road and School
Road, Weasenham, King's Lynn, Norfolk. It takes the form of a flat-topped
polished granite pyramid, on a single tiered base, commemorating the
crews of three aircraft which crashed near this spot during World War
2.The top of the inscription bears the RAF crest, beneath which are
listed the three aircraft which crashed, in date order, and listing
the aircrew of each plane in rank and then alphabetical order, showing
their rank, initials and surname, and service.
memorial stone remembering the aircrews from 114, 98 and 342 ("Lorraine")
Squadrons who lost their lives close to this spot when their aircrafts
crashed on 5 June 1942, 17 October 1942 and 22 May 1943 respectively
is about three kilometres to the south-east of the airfield of RAF Bomber
Command based at West Raynham. Nos. 98 and 342 Squadrons were based
at RAF Great Massingham. 114 Squadron was based at RAF West Raynham
from 19 July 1941 to 15 November 1942.
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memory of the R.A.F. Aircrew who
lost their lives close to this spot
Blenheim, L8800, 114 Sdn.
5 June 1942
(Pilot), 655317, 114 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Killed Friday, 5
June 1942. Son of Charles Oswald and Jessie Cooke, of Sandbach.
Buried in SANDBACH CEMETERY, Cheshire. Grave 454.
(Observer) 963001, 114 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Killed Friday,
5 June 1942. Aged 24. Son of George Mayne Wallbridge and Florence
Wallbridge; husband of Ivy Wallbridge, of Acocks Green, Birmingham.
Buried in BIRMINGHAM (YARDLEY) CEMETERY, Warwickshire (West Midlands).
Sergeant (Wireless Op./Air Gunner) 1360287, 114 Squadron, Royal
Air Force. Killed Friday, 5 June 1942. Aged 29. Son of Thomas and
Florence Kitcher; husband of Margaret Louis Kitcher, of Wallington,
Surrey. Buried in the North side of CLIFTON-ON-DUNSMORE (ST. MARY)
ADDITIONAL CHURCHYARD, Warwickshire.
American Mitchell H, FL206, 98 Sqn.
17 October 1942
[Flight Sergeant on memorial] Sergeant (Pilot) 1254033, 98 Squadron,
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Killed Saturday, 17 October 1942.
Aged 20. Son of Charles George and Annie Frances Tanner, of Herne
Hill, London. Buried in EAST RAYNHAM (ST. MARY) CHURCHYARD, Norfolk.
1377082, 98 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Killed
Saturday, 17 October 1942. Aged 30. Son of Herbert Theodore and
Esther Boreham, of Cheam, Sutton, Surrey. Buried in BROOKWOOD MILITARY
CEMETERY, Surrey. Plot 23. Row A. Grave 17.
(Air Gunner) 1264120, 98 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Killed Saturday, 17 October 1942. Aged 31. Son of Frederick Harlow
Horton and Bessie Horton; husband of Phyllis Kathleen Doreen Horton,
of Ruislip. Buried in RUISLIP (ST. MARTIN) CHURCHYARD EXTENSION,
Aircraftman 1041484, 98 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Killed Saturday, 17 October 1942. Aged 32. Son of Joseph James Barnett
and Annie Barnett, of Debden, Essex. Buried in EAST RAYNHAM (ST.
MARY) CHURCHYARD, Norfolk.
Boston III, AL285, 342 "Lorraine" Sqn.
22 May 1943
Free French Air Forces were the air arm of the Free French Forces
during the Second World War from 1940. They officially ceased
to hold this title from 1943. 342 Squadron was formed at West
Raynham 7 April 1943 from members of the Free French air unit,
Groupe de Bombardment No. 1., Escadrilles Metz (Flight A) and
Nancy (Flight B), transferred from Palestine. They flew Bostons
on daylight raids on Northern France from 12 June 1943; the squadron
moved to France in October 1944.
(Pilot) 30263, Free French Air Force (FAFL). Killed 22 May 1943.
Born 27 January 1921 at Le Havre, France. Joined Free French at
(Observer/Navigator) 305278, Free French Air Force (FAFL). Killed
22 May 1943. Born 17 May 1923 at Saint Denis, France. Joined Free
French at Metropole.
(Wireless Operator) 30705, Free French Air Force (FAFL). Killed
22 May 1943. Born 22 August 1921 in Lyon, France. Joined Free French
(Chief Photographer), Free French Air Force (FAFL). Killed 22 May
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