Memorial Details

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Photo: John Dixon

Memorial

Bench Stirling crew 1944 Sports Field

Reference

S122.12

Place

SHILDON

Map ref

230268

Original Location

Shildon Cricket Field. British Rail Sports and Social Club. Hackworth Road. On the boundary of the field.

Present Location

The plaque is in safe hands at the premises.

Which war

1939-45

Memorial Description

Bench with plaque. Lettering is in sans serif capitals throughout.

Materials used

Wood bench, plastic plaque.

Inscription

Here dead lie we because we did not choose to live
And shame the land from which we sprung
Life, to be sure, is nothing much to lose.
But young men think it is, and we were young.
(Housman)

In memory of all who served in Bomber Command 1939-45
But especially of seven aircrew
Killed when Stirling Bomber LK517 crashed into Store Fields
Shildon 31st May 1944.

Names

Who commissioned

Sports and Social Club.

Present condition

Seat has rotted.

Ownership and maintenance

Shildon Sports and Social Club.

Notes

1. The memorial was placed here mainly through the efforts of local man, Keith Robson.

2. The aircraft belonged to No.1654 HCU at RAF Wigsley in Nottinghamshire. It was on a cross country training course flight and broke up in cloud due to structural failure.

3. There appears to have been only 1 accident on 31st May 1944 from Heavy Conversion Unit 1654. This means that the names of the men who died were:
1622071 Sgt. Fred Bates
151987 F/O John McCallum Brooks
1545675 Sgt. Nathaniel Hugh Crawford.
1295055 Sgt. Donald Wilfred Curtis
2209661 Sgt. Walter Joseph Lawton
2212825 Sgt. Thomas Parr
173804 P/O Stanley Raymond Wilson.

Newspaper cuttings, photos or archival material

Photo of plaque: John & Mavis Dixon

Britainís Aviation Memorials and Mementoes (1992) David J.Smith, Patrick Stephens Ltd.; ISBN 1 85260 395 X

R.A.F. Bomber Command Losses Vol. 9 Roll of Honour 1939-1947, W.R. Chorley. ISBN 978 85780 195 8

Northern Echo 24/06/2004 reports story.

External web link

Research acknowledgements

J. Brown; Mr Peter Dargue and staff of the Club; John and Mavis Dixon

Research In Progress

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Bench Stirling crew 1944 Sports Field (S122.12)

 
SHILDON	 Cricket Field. 

    

    
The names listed in “RAF Bomber Command Losses” are as follows:

    

    
    1622071 Sgt. Fred Bates
	  151987 F/O John McCallum Brooks
	  1545675 Sgt. Nathaniel Hugh Crawford.
	  1295055 Sgt. Donald Wilfred Curtis
	  2209661 Sgt. Walter Joseph Lawton
	  2212825 Sgt. Thomas Parr
	  173804 P/O Stanley Raymond Wilson. 
NamesS122.12	 

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