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61 Squadron Crest
22/23.05.1947 61 Squadron Avro Lincoln B2 RF365 Fg Off. Broadbent

Operation: Air test

Date: 22/23rd May 1947 (Thursday/Friday)

Unit No: 61 Squadron

Type: Lincoln B2

Serial: RF365

Code: QR:?

Base: RAF Waddington, Lincolnshire

Location: 2 miles SW of RAF Waddington, Lincolnshire

Pilot: Fg Off. Broadbent RAFVR Injured - survived

Nav: Flt Sgt. Ronald Ernest Travers Hines 1864065 RAFVR Age 22. Killed

Other Crew (roles not defined):

WO. Osborn RAFVR Injured - survived

Flt Sgt. Morrison RAFVR Injured - survived


AC2. Barry Biggins 3101262 RAFVR Age 18. Killed

AC2. Church RAFVR Injured - survived


During the evening the pilot had made two local details this night on high flying tests.

The Lincoln was making ground controlled approach (GCA) landing at night in very poor weather conditions. The pilot was advised that he was 150 ft above the glide slope.

The pilot then descended below the glide path - aircraft then developed a swing and it crashed, short of the airfield and caught fire.

Fg Off. Broadbent received treatment for burns at the famous Queen Victoria hospital at East Grinstead, the other injured personel received treatment at the RAF Hospital at Rauceby.

Burial details:

Flt Sgt. Ronald Ernest Travers Hines. Buried on the 29th May 1947 at the Carshalton Churchyard (All Saints). Section U. Grave 403. Born in 1925. Understood to be the the son of Fred and Hildegarde Mary Hines. We believe that his mother died also in 1946 in Croydon, Surrey, England. It is believed that he was married to Hannah Stephanie Hines. No further details - are you able to assist?

Above: Biggins' family plot marker. (Courtesy of Sally Jowitt)

AC2. Barry Biggins. Sheffield Cemetery (Shiregreen) Section B (Cons) Grave 1322. Son of Joseph and Hilda Biggins, of Sheffield, England.

Researched by Steve Hunnislett for Aircrew Remembered - February 2019 and dedicated to the relatives of this crew. Thanks to Sally Jowitt for providing the images for the Biggins' family grave marker (Sep 2020). Correction to loss date by Aircrew Remembered (Sep 2020)

Other sources listed below:

RS 09.09.2020 - Correction to date of loss and update of report.

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