Memorial to XV Sqn Stirling N3703 LS-G

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Reference WMO264516

Address:

Cow Lane

Godmanchester

Huntingdon

LATITUDE: 52.31969429568783 LONGITUDE: -0.15823726813960093

England

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Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Roadside
Description: Stone of remembrance
Conflicts:
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: Memorial Stone to those killed in the crash of XV Stirling N3703 LS-G on 10/04/42 The aircraft had departed Alconbury at 2235 for Ops Essen. Over the target the aircraft sustained Flak damage, however the aircraft limped back to the UK On it's first approach to land, the aircraft was forced to overshoot and climb away as other aircraft landed ahead without permission. As the aircraft circled for a second approach, an already damaged oil pipe fractured and both Starboard engines seized. The Pilot lost control of the aircraft which crashed close to Rectory Farm, Cow Lane, Godmanchester at 0435 with the loss of the Pilot and Mid Upper Gunner The remaining crew survived - although some of these subsequently lost their lives later in the war
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