Memorial Windows to F/L H.C. Pexton DFC RAF, MIA 29-30/07/43

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Reference WMO/264600


St Mary Church

Church Lane



YO25 9AQ


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Status: On original site
Type: Non freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Attached to a building/structure
Description: Stained glass window
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: A stained-glass window of three main lights. The left light depicts the Virgin Mary and infant Christ. The central light depicts Christ holding an orb. The right light depicts St. Michael slaying a dragon. Below St. Michael are images of Flt. Lt. Harold Pexton and his Pathfinder crew of four. An additional window bears an inscription in black painted lettering. Angels are depicted at the top of the windows. He was Pilot of 35 Sqn Halifax HR851 TL-T that had departed Graveley at 2225 for Ops Hamburg. It was coned by Flakscheinw Abt 530 then subsequently engaged by 2/schw Flak Abt 418 (EIs), 1, 2, 3 & 5 /schw Flak Abt 607, 1, 3 & 4 /schw Flak Abt 603, hit and shot down The aircraft crashed at Podendorf nr Moisburg at 0110. FIve of the crew were killed, two became POW's F/L Pexton has no known grave and is therefore commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey
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The East Window is to the memory of Flt. Lt. Harold Cass Ben Pexton, D.F.C. of Watton Abbey & 4 members of his crew, Pathfinders, 25th Squadron, Bomber Command. Sqd.Ldr. C. F. Andrews, DFC : Sgt. C. D. Hughes : Sgt. W. D. R. Walters / Sgt. E. F. Willis. Who failed to return from an operational flight over Hamburg July 29/30 1943. Their ashes lie in the area of Luneberg

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