Avro Lancaster Mk.I W4103 RC-E 5 L.F.S Crashed 14:04:44

The aircraft had taken off from Syerston at 15:50 for general flying practice. At 16:30, while flying at approximately 1000' over the village of Screveton, collided with an Airspeed Oxford belonging to 1521 Flight. Both machines fell to earth just outside Screveton, eyewitnesses stating that the pilots steered their crippled machines away from the village. Sadly, there were no survivors.

A few years ago, a memorial was erected on Flintham Road. It is situated roughly halfway between the two crash sites.

The crew were:

J/17320 Flying Officer H H RICHARDSON DFM RCAF Pilot (Aged 28)
  415800 Pilot Officer P W LAIDLER RAAF Pilot U/T (Aged 28)

1822275 Sergeant H E HERBERT Flight Engineer (Aged 19)

140864 Flying Officer P W R HOLES Navigator (Aged 22)

151768 Flying Officer D W McRUER Air Bomber (Aged 22)

1800248 Sergeant G R B ASPINALL Wireless Op. (Aged 20)

1869475 Sergeant F W EDWARDS Air Gunner (Aged 22)

1892933 Sergeant V C W A GOULDSTONE Air Gunner (Aged 27)

1677803 AC2 S STOKOE Pilot U/T (Aged 19)

W4103 - 01

Crash site of Lancaster W4103.
There is still a shallow crater in the field, which is just visible in the photo.

Screveton 006

The Memorial Stone.

W4103 Richardson

Grave of Flying Officer Henry Holes Richardson DFM at Oxford (Botley) Cemetery.
Image copyright: Alan L Clark

W4103 Herbert

Sergeant Henry Ernest Herbert's grave at Oxford (Botley) Cemetery.
Image copyright: Alan L Clark


Sergeant Victor Charles William Arras Gouldstone's grave at Aylesford Cemetery.
Image copyright: Mr Dean Jones

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