Taking place on Sunday 26th September, the Annual Service held by the Sibsey Lancaster Memorial Trust (chaired by our Senior Residential Lettings Negotiator Paddy Donnellan) will have a flypast provided by two spitfires from the Royal Air Force.
On January 29th 1943 the six man crew of the No 9 Squadron Lancaster aircraft - ED503 were killed when it crashed in the Lincolnshire Fen at Sibsey Northlands. No one knows why the aircraft suddenly lost height and crashed into the field creating a crater in the quicksand and subsoil. It was impossible, despite pumping by the fire service to recover the crew or wreckage. one crew member, Sgt Thomas Wishart , was thrown clear and is buried in Scotland. The remaining crew members are buried where they fell.
After the War the families of the crew members paid for a Memorial to be placed on the site of the Crash. The names of all six members are inscribed on the Memorial. It was built and consecrated in 1947.
- Flight Lieutenant Robert Frood Lind RAF (VR) - Pilot
- Pilot Officer Charles W H Cocks RAF (VR) - Bomb Aimer
- Sergeant Donald A Brown RAF (VR) - Air Gunner
- Sergeant John Doran RAF - Flight Engineer
- Sergeant Thomas Henry RAF (VR) - Wireless Operator
- Sergeant Thomas Wishart RAF (VR) - Rear Gunner (buried in Scotland )
Routes to the Memorial in the Field will be signposted as you approach the area, and attendees are invited back to the Village Hall for refreshments after the event.
Pictures: Sibsey Lancaster Memorial Trust on Facebook