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)

The Memorial Stone.

Grave of Flying Officer  Henry Holes Richardson DFM at Oxford (Botley) Cemetery.

Image copyright:  Alan L Clark

Sergeant Henry Ernest Herbert's grave at Oxford (Botley) Cemetery.

Image copyright:  Alan L Clark

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Crash site of Lancaster W4103.  

There is still a shallow crater in the field, which is just visible in the photo.

Sergeant  Victor Charles William Arras Gouldstone's grave at Aylesford Cemetery.

Image copyright:  Mr Dean Jones