Thorpe Camp Visitor Centre - Sgt J. A. Durkin and crew

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Reference WMO/262890

Address:

B1193

Tattershall Thorpe

LN4 4PL

England

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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Within a garden/park/churchyard/enclosure/Marketplace
Description: Tree/s
Conflicts:
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: Rowan Tree 24 - 25 April 1944. 619 Squadron. Lancaster I. ME 723. PG-X Take off 2055 Dunholme Lodge, to attack Munchen. Hit by flak and crashed 0144. Originally interred at Aschheim, re-interred Durnbach War Cemetery, Coll. grave 7. J. 12-15. . W/O Schofield's D F M was gazetted 14 April 1944. Page 190 Volune 5 Bomber Command Losses Derek Schofield ; D F M, Pilot Officer (Pilot), 174944, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Age 22. Son of Frank and Lily Schofield, of Birkby, Huddersfield. Distinguished Flying Medal 1217454 Fight Sergeant Derek Schofield Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, No 619 Sauadron Can/R 129608 Flight Sergeant George Enc Hexter Royal Canadian Air Force, No 619 Squadron These airmen were pilot ind bomb aimer respectively of an aircraft detailed to attack Stuttgart one night in March, 1944 When about 150 miles from the target the aircraft was attacked by a fighter Before the enemy aircraft could be evaded the bomber had sustained much damage, while Flight Sergeant Hexter had been wounded in the hand and foot Undeterred Flight Sergeant Schofield continued his mission and eventually reached the target over which he was ably guided by Flight Sergeant Hexter who, though in considerable pain, had insisted on remaining at his post. shortly afterwards, the oxygen supply failed but Flight Sergeant Schofield came down to a lower altitude and afterwards flew the damaged aircraft to this country where he effected a safe landing at an airfield near the coast. This airman displayed skill, courage and determination of a high order, Flight Sergeant Hexter also set a fine example of courage and fortitude and his conduct in trying circumstances was worthy of great praise. http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/36468/supplements/1712 Alfred Baker. Flight Sergeant (Flt. Rngr.), 1087406, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, age 21. Son of Alfred Baker and of Mary Alice Baker (nee Lucas), of Blackburn, Lancashire. Roy Withinshaw, Flight Sergeant (Nav.), 1578093, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Age 21. Son of George Arthur and Edna Withinshaw, of Hartshill, Stoke-on-Trent. Edward Brunt, Flight Sergeant, (Air Bomber), 1575724, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Derek Walter Golding, Sergeant (Air Gnr.), 1601186, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Age 21. Son of Walter Tom and Ethel Louisa Golding, of Lyndhurst, Hampshire. James Alexander Durkin, Sergeant (Air Gnr.), 2209756, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve Son of John and Jessie Durkin, of Kells, Whitehaven, Cumberland. Eric Nash Powell, Pilot Officer (Air Gnr.), 53935, Royal Air Force, Age 24. Son of Hugh and Catherine Powell, of Ripponden, Yorkshire.
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