TL6770 : Stirling bomber crash memorial at Chippenham

taken 6 months ago, near to Chippenham, Cambridgeshire, Great Britain

Stirling bomber crash memorial at Chippenham
Stirling bomber crash memorial at Chippenham
Accessed with the kind permission of the land owner the memorial remembers the crew of Short Stirling BR-781.
225 yards along a hedgerow between two fields, a stone slab is inscribed with the names of the crew of R.A.F. 90 Sqdn Short Stirling, BK-784, which took off from RAF Tuddenham at 22:45 on 23rd May 1944 on a 'gardening' or mine laying mission off the Frisian Islands. The aircraft clipped a tree on take off, although the pilot managed to gain some height, the aircraft, which was fully loaded crashed a few moments later close to this spot. It was the aircraft's 55th mission.
The crew of seven were all killed. Sgt Aston was buried at nearby Beck Row churchyard, and the Canadian, Sgt McCory was interred at Brookwood military cemetery. The remaining five were returned to their home towns for private burial.
(Pilot) Flt. Sgt. John WHYTE, RAFVR., aged 21, Son of William Hastie and Grace Marshall WHYTE of Carluke, Lanarkshire.
(Navigator) Sgt. Harry George EGGBEER, RAFVR., aged 20. Son of Samuel Albert and Maud Emily EGGBEER of Wells next the Sea.
(Air Gunner) Sgt. Philip Joseph McCRORY. RCAF., Son of Frank J and Margaret Mary McCRORY of Montreal, Canada.
(Air Gunner) Sgt. Ronald Leonard ASTON, RAFVR., aged 19. Son of Leonard Joseph and Violet ASTON of Sparbrook, Birmingham.
(Flight Engineer) Sgt. (Flight Engineer) Bernard PEARCE, RAFVR., aged 20. Son of Samuel J and Hannah PEARCE of Barry, Wales
(Air Bomber) Sgt. Wilfred WHALLEY, RAFVR., aged 22. Son of Clara Ann WHALLEY of Blackburn
(Wireless Op) Sgt. Leslie SHARPEN, RAFVR., aged 19. Son of Ernest and Frances Annie SHARPEN of Sunderland
Part of the control column is embedded into the stone. Link
Wartime aircraft crash Memorials

During the Second World War hundreds of aircrew were lost in accidents while training, landing, taking off or attempting to get back to their base with a badly damaged aircraft.
By creating this shared description and collecting them into one place I will not only pay tribute to the men who lost their lives in the line of duty but hopefully give some scale to the cost in lives.
These are just the ones who have a memorial; there are hundreds more who have no memorial or were lost at sea. They should not be forgotten. Their lives were equally precious.
In Honour of those who served and in Memory of those who fell.

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Date Taken
Saturday, 18 January, 2020   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 21 January, 2020
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Defence, Military 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TL 6720 7028 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:18.3110N 0:27.0557E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TL 6707 7021
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East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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