Coningsby - Memorial Plaque to crews of 97 Sqn Lancaster’s W4175 OF-U and PB422 OF-P

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Reference WMO/264833


Road Bridge over River Bain




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Type: Non freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Attached to a building/structure
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
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  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: On the A153 road bridge over the River Bain is a memorial plaque to two separate air crashes involving Lancaster's from 97 (Straits Settlements) Sqn Lancaster W4175 OF-U had departed Woodhall Spa at 2151 on 29-30/03/44 for Ops Berlin On its return, whilst circling the airfield awaiting permission to land, the aircraft crashed in Coninsgby at 0445. All seven crew were killed. Lancaster PB422 OF-P had departed Coningsby at 1123 on 13/07/45 for a Bombing Exercise. Almost immediately the Port Outer Engine burst into flames. The aircraft climbed steeply, stalled and crashed. The crew of four were all killed.
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Avro Lancaster Wf4175, Of-U, 97 (Straits Settlements) Sqn Crashed On The Coningsby Gasworks On 30 March 1943 Returning From Operations To Berlin. All Of The Following Were Killed. Fg Off D W Francis, Fg Off P H Norton, Sgt J A Peel, Sgt W Standring, Sgt R Frank, Flt Sgt F R Birtwistle Sgt W H Whiting Avro Lancaster Pb422 Pb422, Of-P, 97 (Straits Settlements) Sqn Crashed In The River Bain On 13 July 1945 Returning From An Air Test. The Following Were Killed. Fg Off R W Wright, Flt Sgt A J Molyneux, Fg Off J L Bendix, Flt Sgt J Eastwood. We Will Remember Them Royal British Legion Coningsby Tattershall And District Branch

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