Lancaster PB355 EA-B

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Reference WMO246208

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West side of northern wind break

Worthing Pier

Worthing

BN11 3AJ

England

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Status: On original site
Type: Non freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Attached to a building/structure
Description: Framed
Materials:
  • Paper Paper
Lettering: Other
Conflicts:
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: Lancaster PB355 EA-B crashed on the beach to the west of Worthing Pier enroute to Munich. Seven roads in West Durrington (Postcode BN13 3Sl) are named after the crew.
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(7names) // On the 17 December 1944 at 1930hrs., 49 Squadron Lancaster, / fully loaded with high explosive bombs and incendiaries, was / losing height because of mechanical problems. Unable to ditch / the bombs for it would have blown its tail off, the crew looking / for something soft and level to land on saw a beach – the tide / being out. // It was pitch dark when the crew realised suddenly that they were / over Worthing Town. Turning sharply seaward, and with insufficient / height to make more than one attempt, landed on the beach, wheels / up, hit a wartime beach defence and immediately exploded killing / all the crew. Only one body was ever recovered, that of Sgt Callon. // The only casualties in Worthing were some smashed windows. // Remember these brave men – they gave all their tomorrows / for your todays. // Unveiled by the / Mayor Cllr E Mardell / 2002.

L. Bourne -- G. Callon -- E. Essenhigh -- J. Moore -- F. Rees -- A. Thompson -- H. Varey --

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