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24.09.1947 Avro Lincoln RE373 Maultby, Norfolk, England. +
Date: 24th September 1947

Unit: No. 97 Squadron

Type: Avro Lincoln

Serial: RE373

Base: Hemswell.

Location: Maultby, Norfolk, England

Pilot: Pilot I Stanley Frederick Whitlock 926800 R.A.F. Age 26. Killed

Pilot 2: Pilot II Pilot IV Jack Anthony Guest 1820826 R.A.F. Age 22. Killed

Fl/Eng II: Eng II William Allison 527043 R.A.F. Age 34. Killed

Nav: Fl/Lt. Ronald Vernon Havard 163917 R.A.F. Age 24. Killed

Obs: Fl/Lt. John George Cook 163572 R.A.F. Age 24. Killed

W/Op: Sig II Albert Wattleworth 2218676 R.A.F. Age 22. Killed

Air/Gnr: A/C 1st class. Denis Frederick George Cummings 2263628 Age 23. Killed

Air/Gnr: Gnr II Roy Andrew Trundle 1866055 R.A.F. Age 22. Killed

Air/Gnr: Gnr II Vincent Orville Woods 3031017 R.A.F. Age 22. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS:


No details regarding this loss - submissions invited. It is thought that this aircraft was struck by lightning and crashed.

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97 Squadron Avro Lincoln (A.R.Society Archives)

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Funeral of the crew at Caister (Courtesy Kevin Bending)

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Above left: Roy Andrew Trundle, right: William Allison (Courtesy Kevin Bending)

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Above: Photographs of the church and Plaque to this loss. (Kindly supplied by Richard E. Flegg to the Society)

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Graves of the crew. (1)

Burial details:

Pilot I Stanley Frederick Whitlock. Great Yarmouth (Caister) Cemetery Sec. M. Collective Grave 830-842-854-866 Son of Frederick J. Whitlock and Daisy C. Whitlock, of Downham, Bromley, Kent.

Fl/Lt. John George Cook. Great Yarmouth (Caister) Cemetery Sec. M. Collective Grave 830-842-854-866 Son of Walter Pope Cook and Georgiana Cook; husband of Susanne Mary Cook, of Brasted Chart, Kent.

Fl/Lt. Ronald Vernon Havard. Great Yarmouth (Caister) Cemetery Sec. M. Grave 900 Son of John Mansel Havard and Alice Maud Havard; husband of Dorothy May Havard, of Trent Vale, Stoke-on-Trent.

Pilot II Pilot IV Jack Anthony Guest. Great Yarmouth (Caister) Cemetery Sec. M. Grave 889 Son of Frank Alfred and Elizabeth Muir Guest of Edinburgh.

Eng II William Allison. Great Yarmouth (Caister) Cemetery Sec. M. Collective Grave 830-842-854-866 Son of Mr. and Mrs. D. Allison, of Kinlochleven, Argyllshire.

Sig II Albert Wattleworth . Great Yarmouth (Caister) Cemetery Sec. M. Grave 878 Son of Mrs. E. Wattleworth, of Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester.

A/C 1st class. Denis Frederick George Cummings. Great Yarmouth (Caister) Cemetery Sec. M. Collective Grave 830-842-854-866 Son of Frederick Thomas Cummings and Margaret Ethel Cummings, of Woodlands Park, Berkshire.

Gnr II Roy Andrew Trundle. Lowestoft (Beccles Road) Cemetery Sec T. Grave 25 (1) Son of Osgood Robert and Bella Trundle, of Lowestoft.

Gnr II Vincent Orville Woods . Great Yarmouth (Caister) Cemetery Sec. M. Grave 911 Son of William Sydney and Florence Woods, of Morden, Surrey

(1) Gnr II Roy Andrew Trundle is buried in the family plot in Lowestoft and his details are entered on the family headstone. In the early nineties his surviving relatives decided it would be more appropriate to request the move of the C.W.G.C headstone to be with the other crew at the Great Yarmouth (Caister) Cemetery. We are indebted to author Kevin Bending (Hon Historian 97 Squadron) and to Bob Collis for providing this update.