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Bomber Command Crest
27.06.1944 No. 18 OTU Wellington III Z1592 Sgt. Gilbert K. Cameron

Operation: Training - cross country

Date: 27th June 1944 (Tuesday)

Unit: No. 18 Operational Training Unit (OTU)

Type: Wellington MkIII

Serial: Z1592

Code: WP-

Base: RAF Finningley, Yorkshire

Location: Braemer Farm*, Middle Rasen 3.5 miles NE of Faldingworth, England

Pilot: Sgt. Gilbert Keith Cameron R/180812 RCAF Age 22. Killed

Nav: Sgt. Eric Arthur Crowe R/185340 RCAF Age 21. Killed

Air/Bmr: Sgt. George Frederick Marchington R/193537 RCAF Age 21. Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. George Henry Durham R/198488 RCAF Age 20. Killed

Air/Gnr: Sgt. Eugene Bunt R/261281 RCAF Age 19. Killed

Air/Gnr: Sgt. Richard Stephen Cracknell R/215305 Age 19. Killed


Taking off from RAF Finningley in Yorkshire at 13:35 hrs for a routine cross country training sortie.

Some reports state that the aircraft had been struck by lightning - the aircraft caught fire in the air and crashed at *Braemer Farm (WR Chorley records the name of the farm in 1944 as Baner farm), near Middle Rasen at 1715 hrs - all the crew sadly lost their lives.

Burial details:

Sgt. Gilbert Keith Cameron. Harrogate Cemetery (Stonefall). Sec. B. Row G. Grave 19. Son of James D. Cameron and Eileen M. Cameron, of Metcalfe, Ontario, Canada. Grave inscription reads: “A Silent Thought A Secret Tear Keeps His Memory Ever Dear.”

Sgt. Eric Arthur Crowe. Harrogate Cemetery (Stonefall). Sec. B. Row H. Grave 1. Son of Arthur and Violet M. Crowe, of London, Ontario, Canada. Grave inscription reads: “In Memory Of A Deal Loved Son Thy Will Be Done.”

Left: Medals inscribed: “Sgt. E.A. Crowe RCAF Died in his country’s service 27 June 1944.”

Sgt. George Frederick Marchington. Harrogate Cemetery (Stonefall). Sec. B. Row H. Grave 3. Son of Fred and Veronica Marchington, of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Grave inscription reads: “Eternal Rest Grant Unto Him O Lord And Let Perpetual Light Shine Upon Him.”

Sgt. George Henry Durham. Harrogate Cemetery (Stonefall). Sec. B. Row H. Grave 2. Son of James and Edith Durham, of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Grave inscription reads: “And While He Lies In Peaceful Sleep His Memory We Shall Always Keep.”

Sgt. Eugene Bunt. Harrogate Cemetery (Stonefall). Sec. B. Row G. Grave 18. Thought to be from Windsor, Ontario, Canada - perhaps you have further information?

Sgt. Richard Stephen Cracknell. Harrogate Cemetery (Stonefall). Sec. B. Row G. Grave 20. Son of Stephen Albert and Vera Marian Wilhelmina Cracknell, of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Researched by Michel Beckers for Aircrew Remembered - July 2016. Photographs of crew, medals and funeral courtesy of the Michel Beckers collection, Grave photographs courtesy Margaret Rose. Thanks to Caroline Foster for the correction to the name of the crash site.

RS 09.04.2019 - Correction to name of farm

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