Avro Lancaster Mk. III


5 L.F.S.

Crashed 12:01:45


The aircraft belonging to 5 Lancaster Finishing School took off from Syerston at 18:45 for a night navigation exercise. On return to base at 2150, encountered failing visibility due to low cloud and drizzle.  The aircraft overflew the base, and while banking, descended below the level of the airfield and crashed near the village of Hoveringham.

Sadly, there were no survivors.




The crew were:



425241         Pilot Officer                     G R  DUNLOP    RNZAF                             Pilot                        Aged 28


1897240       Sergeant                         P J V  BROWNE                                 Flight Engineer               Aged 20


425790         Flight Sergeant               P J  HILL      RNZAF                                Navigator                   Aged 22


1422223       Sergeant                         A J  EVANS  BEM                                  Air Bomber                  Aged 26


4212868       Flight Sergeant               R L  STAPLES      RNZAF           Wireless Op./ Air Gunner      Aged 23


1852400       Sergeant                        R H  SEDGLEY                                       Air Gunner                 Aged 19


1822619       Sergeant                        W F  CAIRNS                                          Air Gunner                 Aged 19



The three RNZAF airmen, along with Sergeant Evans, were laid to rest in Oxford (Botley) Cemetery, the rest were taken for burial in their home towns.

The actual crash site is now under the waters of the local sailing club; coincidentally the orange marker buoy marks the approximate location.

The photograph is taken looking back along the aircraft's flight path.


The grave of Pilot Officer Guy Rerenui Dunlop.


(Image copyright:  Alan L Clark)

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The grave of Sergeant Albert John Evans BEM.


(Image copyright:  Alan L Clark)


The grave of Flight Sergeant Richard Ludgvan Staples.


(Image copyright:  Alan L Clark)

Flight Sergeant Peter John Hill's resting place.


(Image copyright:  Alan L Clark)

Four of the crew were taken for burial at Oxford (Botley) Cemetery, below are photos of their graves.