Stirling bomber AA-N


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Reference WMO255851

Address:

Devil's Dyke, July Racecourse

Newmarket

England

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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Unknown
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
Materials:
  • Metal Bronze
Lettering: Raised
Conflicts:
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: Plaque erected to memory of crew of Short Stirling AA-N of 75 (NZ)Squadron killed on takeoff from RAF Newmarket Heath. The original plaque had disintegrated and a local businessman, Mike Nicholas, sponsored its replacement in 2016. The replacement plaque, unlike the original, has the details of the crew.
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75 (NZ) SQUADRON R.A.F. // ON THE NIGHT OF 16TH OF DECEMBER 1942 // STIRLING R9245 AA-N TAKING OFF IN DIFFICULT // CONDITIONS, WAS CAUGHT BY A STRONG CROSS // WIND CAUSING IT TO STRIKE THIS EARTHWORK // WITH THE LOSS OF THE ENTIRE CREW // IT IS TO THESE YOUNG MEN WHO GAVE THEIR // LIVES IN THE DEFENCE OF THIS COUNTRY THAT //THIS MEMORIAL IS DEDICATED //(names) // AKE AKE KIA KAHA

SGT. BENJAMIN FRANKLIN RNZAF // SGT WILLIAM LAWRENCE RCAF // SGT WILLIAM WHITCOMBE RNZAF // SGT EDGAR HARVEY RNZAF // SGT HAROLD WELCH RNZAF // SGT TOM PASCOE RAFVR // SGT ERIC BURBRIDGE RAFVR

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