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Memorial to the crew of a Halifax Bomber

that crashed at Tingley on 14th November 1944


Halifax Bomber Memorial

On November 14th 1944 at around teatime, a Halifax bomber had taken off from the RAF station at Snaith on what is said to have been a training flight. Over Tingley the aircraft got into difficulties and out of control headed towards the ground, catching the rooftops of houses on its way. The wreckagewas scattered over the surrounding fields.


Name Rank Additional information
Charles William Roy Millard F/Sgt - Pilot Charles was the son of Charles Frederick and Victoria Millard. He served in the RAFVR 51 Sqdn, no 1466020. By 1944 he had married Peggy and they lived in Bishop's Stortford. Charles was 23 years old at the time of the trajedy and is buried at Bishop's Stortsford Old Cemetery Sec Hq5 Grave 10.
Alexander Farquharson Simpson F/Sgt - Air Bomber Alexander was the son of Mrs & Mrs W W. Simpson who like Alexander's wife, Agnes McGibbon, lived in Edinburgh. He served in the RAFVR 51 Sqdn, service no 155166. He was 28 years old when the accident happened and he is remembered at Warriston Crematorium, Edinburgh Panel 4.
Victor Thomas Spragg Sgt - Navigator Victor was the son of Thomas and Winifred of West Kensington London. He served in the RAFVR 51 Sqdn no 1604485. He was only 21 when the the accident happened. He is buried at Mortlake Cemetery, Plot 8 Sec. D Grave 99 along with over 100 casualties.
William Patrick Kendrick Sgt - Flight Engineer William served in the RAFVR no 3031120 and was the son of Herbert Herbert and Margaret Nickson of Mordon, Surrey. He was only 19 years old when his life was taken in 1944. He is buried in Morden Cemetery Sec H Grave 1108 along with over 250 other casualties.
Alfred William Payton Sgt - Air Gunner Alfred was the son of Alfred and Ethel of Ely and husband of Marjorie also of Ely. He served in the RAFVR, no. 1869457. He was only 21 in 1944 when he lost his life along with the other airmen on that night. He is buried in Ely Cemetery, Sec F., Grave 162 along with 28 servicemen from both World Wars
Kenneth Ernest Douglas Saines Sgt - Air Gunner Kenneth was the son of Ernest and Florence Saines and husband to Sylvia of Hanwell, Middlesex. He also served in the RAFVR, service no 1802077. He was 30 at the time of the accident and he is buried at Selby Cemetery - grave 5282 along with over 80 other casualties.
John Hill Sgt - W.Op/Air gunner John was the grandson of Frederick and Mary Hill of Swinefleet. He like his comrades served in the RAFVR 51 Sqdn. John was 20 years old when he lost his life on 14 November 1944. He is buried in Swinefleet Cemetery, Sec D Grave 221, where he lies with one other casualty of war.

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