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97 Squadron Lincoln 694 RE373 Fl/Lt. Stanley Frederick Whitlock

Operation: Training

Date: 24th September 1947 (Wednesday)

Unit: No. 97 Squadron (motto: 'Achieve your aim')

Type: Avro Lincoln 694 (1)

Serial: RE373

Code: OF-?

Base: RAF Hemswell, Lincolnshire

Location: Mautby, Norfolk, England

Pilot 1: Fl/Lt. Stanley Frederick Whitlock 926800 RAF Age 26. Killed

Pilot 2: Fl/Lt. Jack Anthony Guest 1820826 RAF Age 22. Killed

Fl/Eng II: Eng II William Allison 527043 RAF Age 34. Killed

Nav: Fl/Lt. Ronald Vernon Havard 163917 RAF Age 24. Killed

Obs: Fl/Lt. John George Cook 163572 RAF Age 24. Killed

W/Op: Sig II. Albert Wattleworth 2218676 RAF Age 22. Killed

Air/Gnr: AC1. Denis Frederick George Cummings 2263628 RAF Age 23. Killed

Air/Gnr: Gnr II. Roy Andrew Trundle 1866055 RAF Age 22. Killed

Air/Gnr: Gnr II. Vincent Orville Woods 3031017 RAF Age 22. Killed


While cruising northwest of Great Yarmouth, the crew encountered very poor weather conditions with thunderstorm activity and heavy cumulus clod. The aircraft went out of control, broke up in the air dove into the ground and crashed in a field located in Mautby.

(1) 694 Lincoln is a British four-engined heavy bomber, which first flew on 9 June 1944. Developed from the Avro Lancaster, the first Lincoln variants were initially known as the Lancaster IV and V; these were renamed Lincoln I and II. It was the last piston-engined bomber operated by the RAF

Above as described

Burial details:

Above Mautby church and plaque (Courtesy Richard Flegg - see links)

Fl/Lt. Stanley Frederick Whitlock. Great Yarmouth Cemetery (Caister). Sec. M. Collective Grave 830-842-854-866. Son of Frederick J. Whitlock and Daisy C. Whitlock, of Downham, Bromley, Kent. Epitaph: 'In Loving Remembrance Of Our Only Son And Brother. "Thy Will Be Done'.

Fl/Lt. John George Cook.Great Yarmouth Cemetery (Caister). Sec. M. Collective Grave 830-842-854-866. Son of Walter Pope Cook and Georgiana Cook; husband of Susanne Mary Cook, of Brasted Chart, Kent. Epitaph: 'Life Is Eternal; And Love Is Immortal; And Death Is Only A Horizon'.

Fl/Lt. Ronald Vernon Havard. Great Yarmouth Cemetery (Caister). Sec. M. Grave 900. Son of John Mansel Havard and Alice Maud Havard; husband of Dorothy May Havard, of Trent Vale, Stoke-on-Trent. Epitaph: 'He Gave The Greatest Gift Of All, The Gift Of His Unfinished Life'.

Funeral of the crew at Caister (Courtesy Kevin Bending - see links)

Fl/Lt. Jack Anthony Guest. Great Yarmouth Cemetery (Caister). Sec. M. Grave 889. Son of Frank Alfred and Elizabeth Muir Guest of Edinburgh. Epitaph: 'In Loving Memory Of Our Dear Son Jack, Sadly Missed By All "Thy Will Be Done'.

Eng II. William Allison. Great Yarmouth Cemetery (Caister). Sec. M. Collective Grave 830-842-854-866. Son of Mr. and Mrs. D. Allison, of Kinlochleven, Argyllshire. Epitaph: 'Thy Will Be Done'.

Sig II. Albert Wattleworth. Great Yarmouth Cemetery (Caister). Sec. M. Grave 878. Son of Mrs. E. Wattleworth, of Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester. Epitaph: 'Thine Is The Glory'.

Above as described (The webmaster has copies of each grave at a higher resolution if required, taken on his visit in 2007)

A/C 1st class. Denis Frederick George Cummings. Great Yarmouth Cemetery (Caister). Sec. M. Collective Grave 830-842-854-866. Son of Frederick Thomas Cummings and Margaret Ethel Cummings, of Woodlands Park, Berkshire. Epitaph: 'Beautiful Memories Of A Loving Son. His Duty Well And Cheerfully Done'.

Above as described (Courtesy Gt. Yarmouth Mercury 27th September 1991)

Gnr II. Roy Andrew Trundle. Lowestoft Cemetery (Normanston Drive), Sec. J. Grave 25. Headstone moved to be with his fellow crew members in 1991 (see above), Great Yarmouth Cemetery (Caister). Sec. M. Son of Osgood Robert (died 02nd September 1943, age 65) and Bella Trundle (died 12th September 1951, age 63), of 49 London Road South, Lowestoft. Epitaph: 'God's Greatest Gift, Remembrance'. Mum, Sisters And Brother. 'Till We Meet'.

Gnr II. Vincent Orville Woods. Great Yarmouth Cemetery (Caister). Sec. M. Grave 911. Son of William Sydney and Florence Woods, of Morden, Surrey, England. Epitaph: 'Sleep On, Dearest Son, Till We Meet Again. Dad, Mum And Ren'.

Researched for relatives of the crew. With thanks to Colin Cummings 'Price of Peace'. Richard Flegg and Airfields of Britain, Kevin Bending and the 97 Squadron Association, other sources as quoted below.

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