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Dry Doddington Lancaster Memorial

Conflict Commemorated:WWII

Address:St James Church, Dry Doddington

Parish:Westborough with Dry Doddington

Type of Memorial:Board/ plaque/ tablet

Materials Used:Marble

Description:Chamfered edge grey/ black marble tablet with engraved gilt lettering and RAF emblem in red white blue and gold on bottom left edge and engraved sillouhette of a Lancaster in flight in gold on bottom right. Placed on a window sill inside the church. A brief history of 49 Squadron and the crash at Dry Doddington hangs below the tablet.

Inscription:Dedicated to the crew of 49 Sqn. Lancaster PB 432 EA- O which crashed at Dry Doddington 26- 11 1944/ F/O G.H. Le Marquand (Pilot) / Sgt. W. S. Wade (F/E) / F/ Sgt. R.E. Ransom (Nav)/ Sgt. N I Langley (W/Op) (Killed) Sgt. E.G. Blake (A/G) (Killed) Sgt. J R. Bowers (B/A) Sgt. T Price (A/G)

Surveyor/ Supplier of Information:Michael Peck

Notes:PB432 took off from RAF Fulbeck on 26th Novemeber 1944 bound for Munich. The plane was unable to gain sufficient height and crashed on the coach road. The crew of the plane managed to jettison a 4000lb bomb (unarmed) before the plane crashed, saving the small village from being obliterated. Two crew members Sgt Langley and Sgt Blake were killed, the rest of the crew were rescued with the villagers' help.

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Last updated: 13 Dec 2016

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