Many thanks to Adrian for recording this image from Worthing Cemetery.
On the 9th April 1943, 9 Stirlings took off from Newmarket to join an attack on targets at Duisburg. On the return flight, a brief wireless message was received from Stirling Mk.III BK770, AA-L. This short distress signal was all that was heard from the aircraft. A ground report was later received advising an aircraft had crashed at Valley Farm, Bressingham, Norfolk. Soon after impact an explosion was observed and the aircraft burst into flames. None of the crew survived. BK770 was the first Mk.III Stirling to be lost by 75(NZ) Squadron.
Sgt Jack Herbert Worthington RAFVR 574819 – Flight Engineer. Age 19
Five of the crew now rest in Newmarket Cemetery. Their gravestones can be seen here.
W/O John Arthur Ernest Walsh RNZAF NZ401294 – Pilot. Age 27
F/S Bertram Augustus Moffatt RCAF R.802237 – Navigator. Age 25
Sgt Francis Henry Reddiclife RAFVR 1030797 – Air Bomber. Age 28
Sgt Stanley Arthur Curtis RAFVR 1386838 – Mid Upper Gunner. Age 28
F/S Phillip Gordon Stuart RCAF R.93568 – Rear Gunner. Age 30
The final member of the crew is buried in Streatham Park Cemetery, Surrey.
Sgt John William Scudder RAFVR 1291875 – Wireless Operator. Age 22