Short Stirling BP-784

photo:Rodney Gibson

as WP-P

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photo ; Tony H

Short Stirling MkIII BK784 WP-M of 90 RAF Squadron took off from RAF Tuddenham at 22:45 on 23rd May 1944 on a 'gardening' mission at the Freisian Island, Netherlands. Gardening being the term used for mine laying,. The aircraft clipped a tree on take off, but the pilot managed to gain some height, but crashed a few miles away at Chippenham, just off the Badlingham Road. It was the aircraft's 55th mission.

The aircraft was once coded P later had the call sign O and finally M.

The crew of seven were all killed. Sgt Aston was buried at nearby Beck Row Churchyard, and the Canadian Sgt McCory was interred at Brookwood Military Cemetery. The remaining five were returned to their home towns for burial

90 Sqdn R.A.F. "Celer" = Swift

The Crew of WP-M killed on 23rd May 1944

Flight Sergeant (Pilot) John WHYTE
1559798 Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Aged 21, son of William Hastie and Grace Marshall WHYTE of Carluke, Lanarkshire. Buried in F:30 - Carluke (Wilton) Cemetery

Sergeant (Navigator) Harry George EGGBEER
1802344 Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Aged 20, son of Samuel Albert and Maud Emily EGGBEER of Wells next the Sea., Buried in grave 286 Wells next the Sea Cemetery

Sergeant (Air Gunner) Philip Joseph McCRORY
R/202365 Royal Canadian Air Force
Son of Frank J and Margaret Mary McCRORY of Montreal, Canada
Buried in 49:C:7 Brookwood Military Cemetery, Surrey

Sergeant (Air Gunner) Ronald Leonard ASTON
1866959 Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Aged 19, son of Leonard Joseph and Violet ASTON of Sparbrook, Birmingham. Buried in E:8 Beck Row (St.John) Churchyard.

Sergeant (Flight Engineer) Bernard PEARCE
1893142 Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Aged 20, son of Samuel J and Hannah PEARCE of Barry, Wales
Buried in N:165 Barry (Merthyr Dyfan) Burial Ground

Sergeant ( Air Bomber) Wilfred WHALLEY
1034217 Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Aged 22, son of Clara Ann WHALLEY of Blackburn
Buried in J Non Conf 1816 Blackburn Cemetery

Sergeant (Wireless Op) Leslie SHARPEN
1494813 Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Aged 19, son of Ernest and Frances Annie SHARPEN of Sunderland
Buried grave W:A;2288 Sunderland (Bishopwearmouth) Cemetery