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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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101 Squadron Crest
05.12.1943 No. 101 Squadron Lancaster III DV270 SR-E F/O. Francis E. Oliver

Operation: Training

Date: 05th December 1943

Unit: No. 101 Squadron

Type: Lancaster III

Serial: DV270

Code: SR-E

Base: RAF Ludford Magna

Location: Binbrook Hall, Lincolnshire

Pilot: F/O. Francis Edward Oliver 124860 RAFVR Age 21, Killed

Fl/Eng: Sgt. Albert Douglas Wells 1604505 RAFVR Age 20. Killed

Nav: F/O. William Reid 135673 RAFVR Age 30. Killed

Air/Bmr: Sgt. John Winton Anderson 1585397 RAFVR Age 30. Killed

Air/Bmr 2: Sgt. Raymond Spierling 1424787 RAFVR Age 19. Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Stanley George Burton 1335190 RAFVR Age 20. Killed

Air/Gnr: Sgt. Robert Stanley Bradbury 1621894 RAFVR Age 20. Killed


Took off on a cross country training flight and whilst emerging from low cloud crashed into the ground near Binbrook Hall, Lincolnshire.

Sgt. John Anderson represented Great Britain in the 440 yards event in the International Match against France in 1935. 


Above left: Sgt. Stanley George Burton, right: memorial (please note that this is in private grounds and permission must be sought for access)


A memorial to this crew now stands among the trees in private woodland at Scallows Hall Woods which is south of Wold Newton, Lincolnshire.

Burial details:

F/O. Francis Edward Oliver. Torquay cemetery Sec G.1. Grave 22080. Son of Richard John Oliver and of Katherine Lawry Oliver (née Bennett), husband of Eve Betty Pleydell Oliver (nee Chapman) of Torquay, England.

Sgt. Albert Douglas Wells. City of London Cemetery, Manor Park. Square 225, Grave 111271. Son of Albert Henry and Mary Ann Wells, of Dagenham, Essex, England.

F/O. William Reid. Barry Parish Churchyard Sec B. Joint grave 394. Son of James and Annie Stewart Duncan Reid, of Carnoustie, Scotland.

Sgt. John Winton Anderson. Louth cemetery Compt. 171. Grave 157. Son of Arthur and Florence Anderson, of Acklam, Middlesbrough, Yorkshire, England.

Sgt. Raymond Spierling. Monmouth Church cemetery. Row L. Grave 26. Son of John and Doris Gwendoline Spierling, of Monmouth, Wales.

Sgt. Stanley George Burton. Hevingham (S.S. Mary and Botolph) churchyard. Son of Stanley George and Hilda May Burton, of Hevingham, England.

Sgt. Robert Stanley Bradbury. Bury Cemetery, Redvales. Sec J.P. 100. Grave 336. Son of Stanley and Sarah Bradbury, of Bury, England.

Researched for Mr. D.E. Barber cousin of Sgt. Stanley George Burton and all the crew relatives. For further details our thanks to the following, Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vol's. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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