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
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
REASON FOR LOSS:
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.
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.