Memorial Plaque to crew of 16 OTU Wellington HE320

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Reference WMO/264372


Water Lane

Ford, Buckinghamshire



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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Roadside
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
  • Metal Metal (any)
Lettering: Inscribed on a plaque
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: Roadside Memorial to the some of the crew of 16 OTU Wellington HE320 who died close to this site on 09/01/44 The aircraft had departed Upper Heyford at 0124 for night bombing practise. During the sortie the Starboard engine failed and at approx 0155 the aircraft was abandoned, bar the Rear Gunner. The aircraft crashed at Moat Farm, Ford where the Rear Gunner’s body was located in the wreckage. The Wireless Operator was also killed as his body was discovered under his fully deployed parachute. The Pilot bailed out safely
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Royal Air Force/ In Memory of/ Sergeant VICTOR GEORGE BAILEY/ 1585910, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve./ Wireless Operator, aged 20 yrs./ of Rainham, Essex. / And/ Sergeant LOUIS GROVER MARTIN,/ R/182617 Royal Canadian Air Force./ Rear Gunner, aged 22 yrs./ of Big River, Saskatchewan,/ Canada./ Who died when their Wellington Bomber/ Crashed in Ford/ On 9th January 1944.

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