Many thanks to Kath for finding the time to go to Bootle Cemetery for me to record the gravestone of Sgt John Albert Warner RAFVR 220933, Rear Gunner with the Kinross crew. Stirling Mk.III EF163 JN-L was one of 4 aircraft from the Squadron that took off to lay sea mines around the Frisian Islands on the 16th December 1943. The aircraft, Piloted by P/O Colin John Kinross (RNZAF NZ417069) crashed at Bedinghams Farm, 2 fields north west of the farm buildings, in Sutton, Cambridgeshire, in part through bad visibility and also, it is theorised, a hung up mine, that may have effected the aircraft’s centre of gravity.
Colin and his Navigator and Air Bomber, F/O Ralph Francis Jenkin (RNZAF NZ416119) and F/S Ronald Harry Emmerson (RAAF AUS.410330) lay in the Cambridge Cemetery.
Sgt Raymond Askew (RAFVR 1477972), Flight Engineer rests in Seaton Hirst (St John) Churchyard Ashington, Sgt Willis Arthur Savage (RAF 1503913), the crew’s Wireless Operator lays in Pendelbury (St. John) Churchyard.
The Mid Upper Gunner, Sgt. S. Newman, survived the crash, injured.