Memorial to crew of 101 Sqn Wellington Z8860 SR-?

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Reference WMO264509

Address:

All Saints Church

Church End

Rampton

Cambridge

CB24 5PS

England

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Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Within a garden/park/churchyard/enclosure/Marketplace
Description: Stone of remembrance
Conflicts:
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: Memorial to the crew of 101 Sqn Wellington Z8860 SR-? that crashed close to this site on 30-31/08/41 The aircraft departed Oakington at 2110 for Ops Hamburg. Fully loaded the aircraft failed to gain height and after two miles it struck trees crashed and caught fire in the vicinity of Rampton Church. The cause was believed to due to overheating engines and open ventilation grills. Whilst all the crew are listed on this memorial, only two were killed; Sgt Barlow (Front Gunner) and P/O Crichton RAAF (Observer) who died from his injuries on 01/09/41. Interestingly (uniquely??) the memorial is on the rear of an entirely separate grave head stone & plot visible immediately behind it. On checking the names of those listed on the head stone there does not appear to be any connection to any of the crew involved in the aircraft crash. It seems this is/was more a case of simply using "available" space to record & remember the local events of 1941??
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