Crew of Lancaster W4319 SR-N


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Reference WMO261471

Address:

Lord McGowan Bridge

Trunk Road

Redcar

England

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Type: Non freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Attached to a building/structure
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
Conflicts:
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: A memorial to the crew of Lancaster W4319 SR-N, shot down by friendly fire on 17th December 1942.
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On the night of 17 December 1942, a Lancaster bomber (coded SR-N; serial no. W4319) of No. 101 Squadron, Holme-on-Spalding Moor, crashed 200 yards west of this point. The aircraft, which was returning from an operation off the North German coast, was off course and unable to identify itself because its identification apparatus (IFF) was not working. The Lancaster crossed the coast just north of Redcar during an air attack on the Tees area. In the absence of IFF, a Bofors anti-aircraft gun crew based at Warrenby Works assumed that the Lancaster was a raider and shot it down. There were no survivors amongst the crew of seven. (names) Lest we forget

Pilot Sgt. Marcel Alec Fussell, RAFVR (20 yrs) Navigator Sgt. Monte Alan Gray McIntyre, RNZAF (29 yrs) Bomb Aimer Sgt. Sydney Stewart McLean, RNZAF (29 yrs) Flight Engineer Sgt. Jack Worsnop, RAF (23 yrs) Wireless Operator Sgt. Michael James O’Malley, RNZAF (21 yrs) Mid-upper Gunner Sgt. Gregory Manuel Georges, RCAF (age unknown) Rear Gunner Sgt. George John Warren, RAFVR (19 yrs)

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