Title: The Ulceby Air Disaster (1943)
Author: Unknown
Date: c1944 (original photo)

On 16th December 1943, two Lancaster aircraft, which had just taken off from RAF Elsham Wolds for a raid on Berlin, collided in low cloud. The wreckage fell over a wide area at Ulceby in the north of the county (not Ulceby Cross). Fourteen young men died - there were no survivors.

Six of the names of those who died in this terrible accident are shown on the memorial provided by the Imperial War Graves Commision. These guys must have all been serving in the RAF Volunteer Reserve (RAFVR).

Here is a complete list of those who died:

Lancaster JB670 of 103 Squadron

F/Sgt Valentine RICHTER, aged 22, Pilot

F/O Charles Reginald JAQUES, aged 30, Navigator

Sgt Frederick Stanley COPPING, aged 21, Flight Engineer

Sgt Peter COOPMAN, aged 21, Wireless Operator/Gunner

F/Sgt Thomas Leslie Hobson KAY, aged 28, RAAF Bomb Aimer

Sgt Cyril Walter PLAMPTON, Gunner

Sgt Francis Andrew FURRIE, Gunner

Lancaster LM332 of 576 Squadron

F/Sgt Frederick Roy SCOTT, aged 24, RAAF Pilot

Sgt George Gordon CRITCHLEY, Navigator

Sgt Stanley Victor CULL, aged 18, Flight Engineer

Sgt John Hamilton CALDWELL, aged 21, Wireless Operator

F/Sgt Peter Martin Crowle ELLIS, Bomb Aimer

F/Sgt Brian Price WICKS, aged 20, RAAF Gunner

Sgt Joseph William ROSS, aged 20, Gunner

Three were serving in the Royal Australian Air Force. All are buried in the Cambridge City Cemetery except for Sgt F. A. FURRIE. He is buried in the New Stevenston (St Patrick's) Roman Catholic Cemetery in Lanarkshire.

Apparently, Sgt S. V. CULL was the youngest Bommer Command crewman to lose his life in WWII.

They will never be forgotten!

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