Potton Stirling LK207

Location: Potton Deepdale, 19th October, 1944

F/Lt Ross Victor Levy RNZAF - Pilot
P/O Wilfred George Atkinson RAFVR - Engineer
F/Sgt Albert James Coveney RAFVR - Wireless Operator / Gunner
Sgt Patrick Kelly RAFVR - Gunner
F/O James William Stigger RAFVR - Air Bomber


There appears to be no remaining tangible evidence of the crash on the west side of Potton, involving Stirling IV identification LK207, MA-W on Monday, 19th October 1944 piloted by Flt Lt Ross Levy RNZAF of 161 Squadron, for 3 Group out of Tempsford.

It seems the crew were carrying out a flight test on the recently received aircraft, which were replacing the squadron's Halifax bombers, when it broke up over the town, and fell in two large pieces, all the crew being killed. A farmer friend remembers this crash vividly, as it occurred near his school. He recalls the schoolchildren made up special notices for each of the crew, and there may be some of this history remaining at the school, though by now it is probably lost.

It is possible this aircraft had been involved in a heavy landing only a few days before, and was on a trial flight. It is reported the pilot wrestled the front fuselage of the plane away from Potton School.

In around 2001, I believe an attempt to locate the wreck site was made, but apparently without success. I am not sure just where the search was conducted, but I believe the placement of the crash site to be at Deepdale, very close to what is (at present, anyway) the last house on the north side of the B1042 from Potton to Sandy.

Details obtained from Aircraft lost on Allied Force’s Special Duty Operations & Associated Roll of Honour page 437.