Avro Lancaster, Heavy Conversion Unit PD431 - Edith Weston, Rutland, UK
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Quick Description: A memorial plaque marks a spot 110 yards from the crash site in Edith Weston of Avro Lancaster PD431 on Sunday 4th March 1945, while returning from an exercise.
Location: East Midlands, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 8/24/2019 12:10:48 AM
Waymark Code: WM116AX
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member pmaupin
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Long Description:
A memorial plaque marks a spot 110 metres from the crash site in Edith Weston of Avro Lancaster PD431 on Sunday 4th March 1945, while returning from an exercise.

" 04.03.1945 No. 1653 Heavy Conversion Unit PD431 H4-V Fl/Sgt. Truskett

Operation: Training

Date: 04th March 1945 (Sunday)

Unit: No. 1653 Heavy Conversion Unit

Type: Lancaster I

Serial: PD431

Code: H4-V

Base: RAF North Luffenham, Rutland, England

Location: Edith Weston, Rutland

Pilot: Fl/Sgt. Terence George Truskett AUS/428001 RAAF Age 24. Killed

Fl/Eng: Sgt. Dennis William Gilbert 627389 RAF Age 26. Killed

Nav: P/O. Bernard William Drake 55096 RAF Age 24. Killed

Nav: Fl/Sgt. Ian Bailey Yorkston AUS/429072 RAAF Age 25. Killed (1)

Air/Bmr: Fl/Sgt. William Henry Ford 1535240 RAFVR Age 32. Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: W/O. Donald Campbell McLellan AUS/424442 RAAF Age 25. Killed

Air/Gnr: Sgt. James Thompson 3040793 RAFVR Age 19. Killed

Air/Gnr: Sgt. William Gordon Ratcliffe 2222927 RAF Age 25. Injured (2)


During the afternoon took off from RAF North Luffenham in Rutland for a cross country exercise.

At around 16:00 hrs they landed ver heavily and bounced - the pilot decided to increase power to go round again. During the climb the Lancaster’s undercarriage struck a vehicle - just seconds later the aircraft crashed into trees near the village of Edith Weston, killing all the crew."

SOURCE - (visit link)

Names on the memorial -
F/O B.W. Drake (55096) Lutterworth (St. Mary) Church, Leicstershire.
Sgt. D.W. Gilbert (627389) Kirby Muxloe Church, Leicstershire.
Sgt. J. Thompson (3040793) Sunderland (Mere Knolls) Cemetary,County Durham
F/Sgt. W.H. Ford (1535240)
W/O D. C. McLellan (Aus.424442)
F/Sgt. T.G. Truscott (Aus.428001)
F/Sgt. I.B. Yorkston (Aus.429072)

A memorial service, with unveiling of this plaque, was held in March 2016.

No evidence of the crash site remains, and the plot has since been built upon with private houses.
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Date of Crash: 3/4/1945

Aircraft Model: Avro Lancaster Mk I

Military or Civilian: Military

Tail Number: PD431

Cause of Crash:
Heavy landing

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