Memorial Plaque to crew of 617 Sqn Lancaster DV390 KC-J

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Reference WMO/265319


Waltham Down


LATITUDE: 50.925427395212544 LONGITUDE: -0.663999519649451


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Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Unknown
Description: Stone of remembrance
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: Memorial to the crew of 617 Sqn Lancaster DV390 KC-J killed at this site on 13/02/44 The aircraft had previously landed at RNAS Ford, West Sussex on return from Ops Antheur Viaduct on 12/02/44. It departed at 0810 for the routine transit flight back to Woodhall Spa. Ten minutes later, and in conditions of poor visibility it crashed on the crest of a hill in the South Downs. The one survivor, (Pilot) S/L Bill Suggitt was quickly admitted to St Richards Hospital, Chichester but DoI on 15/02/44. S/L Lloyd was 617 Sqn's SqIntO and had served with the RFC during WWI. Aged 52, he was the oldest officer to lose his life with Bomber Command in 1944 F/S Pulford had been W/C Gibson's Flight Engineer during Op CHASTISE (16-17/05/43)
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