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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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514 Squadron Crest
19/20.05.1944 No. 514 Squadron Lancaster II LL641 JI-K F/O. Edward H.J. Shearing

Operation: Le Mans

Date: 19/20th May 1944 (Friday/Saturday)

Unit: No. 514 Squadron

Type: Lancaster II

Serial: LL641

Code: JI-K

Base: RAF Waterbeach, Cambridgeshire

Location: Chippenham, Cambridgeshire

Pilot: F/O. Edward Henry John Shearing 1388915 RAFVR Age 21. Killed

Fl/Eng: Sgt. Arthur Thomas Blunden 1811667 RAFVR Age 37. Killed

Nav: F/O. Victor Henry Tayton 1168418 RAFVR Age 35. Killed

Air/Bmr: P/O. J. Peake RCAF Survived - baled out

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Reginald Marshall 1544531 RAFVR Age 22. Killed

Air/Gnr: P/O. Joseph Lloyd Clinton Masson J/92607 RCAF Age 20. Killed

Air/Gnr: Sgt. M.H. Smart RAFVR Survived - injured - Thrown clear


Taking off at 22:30 hrs from RAF Waterbeach, Cambridgeshire to bomb the railway yards. Homebound the Lancaster spun and crashed 03:10 hrs at Chippenham, Cambridgeshire, some 4 miles NNE from the airfield at Newmarket.

Above: F/O. Edward Henry John Shearing and 514 Squadron over France (IWM)

514 Squadron at RAF Waterbeach

Those who died rest in various United Kingdom cemeteries. Two, Sgt.Blunden and Fl/Sgt. Taylor at 37 and 35 respectively were above the age normally associated with Bomber Command aircrew.

Burial details:

F/O. Edward Henry John Shearing. Bournemouth East Cemetery. Plot N. Row 5. Grave 160. Son of Edward and Annie Louisa Shearing of Southbourne, Bournemouth, England.

Sgt. Arthur Thomas Blunden. Cambridge City Cemetery. Grave 13764. Son of Albert and Louisa Blunden of New Cross, London, England.

F/O. Victor Henry Tayton. Coventry (London Road) Cemetery. Square 283. Grave 130. Son of John Henry and May Tayton and husband of Iris Tayton of Macclesfield, Cheshire. F/O. Tayton is also remembered on the War Memorial, Park green, Macclesfield, Cheshire. England.

Sgt. Reginald Marshall. Woodkirk (St.Mary) churchyard, Yorkshire. Section C. Row 25. Grave 24. Son of John Henry and Annie Marshall of Tingley, Yorkshire, England.

P/O. Joseph Lloyd Clinton Masson. Brookwood Military Cemetery. Grave 49.C.4. From Cornwall, Ontario, Canada, no further details - are you able to assist?

Researched by Aircrew Remembered, researcher and specialist genealogist Linda Ibrom for relatives of this crew.

KTY 04.08.2015 Page updated

Acknowledgements: Sources used by us in compiling Archive Reports include: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vols. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vols. 1 and 2', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Tom Kracker - Kracker Luftwaffe Archives, Michel Beckers, Major Fred Paradie (RCAF) and MWO François Dutil (RCAF) - Paradie Archive (both on this site), Jean Schadskaje, Major Jack O'Connor USAF (Retd.), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of CWGC, UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, New Zealand National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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