Location: Potton, Bedfordshire 14th February, 1945
F/O Eric Timperley RAFVR - Pilot
F/Sgt Peter Norman Carr RAFVR - Navigator -
Sgt William George Cornish RAFVR - Gunner -
Sgt Peter Norman Ellis RAFVR - Gunner -
Sgt Derrick Howard Mayers RAFVR - Flight Engineer
F/Sgt Cyril William Saunders RAAF - Wireless Operator
F/O George Colin Wiggins RAAF - Air Bomber
The crash was caused by a collision during a mock dog fight with a Mustang. The Stirling Mk IV, LK236, MA-Y
was on local training flight in poor visibility when it received a dummy attack when attempting to land at Tempsford by a P51B Mustang 42-106448 from 383 FS 364 FG, rd USAAF. The Mustang pilot, F/O T.W. Kiley, misjudged the distance and hit the tail of the Stirling. There were no survivors from either aircraft. The Stirling crashed at Potton 3 miles east of Sandy, Bedfordshire
. The exact position is not known, but is confused in some sources with the position given for Potton Stirling 1.
See the web-site for a special memorial to the crew of LK236 by the St. Swithun's VC Lower School, Sandy School members.
Details obtained from Aircraft lost on Allied Force’s Special Duty Operations & Associated Roll of Honour page 481.
- LK207 - The North Beds Courier of 24th October, 1944 states that various pieces of wreckage fell on the Rising Sun pub (at the junction of Biggleswade Road with the B1042/B1040), on Oak Crescent and on Chapel Street. These locations are shown ringed with the small red circles. The report also states that the main piece of the wreckage fell in a field to the north of "Mrs. Langleys Nurseries". I haven't yet located a map showing the precise position of these Nurseries, but I do know they were on the north side of the B1042 Potton to Sandy road, and in just such a position is a new development of houses which include the street names "Nursery Close" and "Langley Gardens". Use of the person's name is not enough to say there is a positional connection, but the use of "Nursery" does give just a little weight to the possiblity that the development is indeed where Mrs. Langley's Nurseries were located, and placing the wreck site just to the north of that would also make it reasonably close to what is now Potton Middle School. I might be able to access a 1930s/40s map of Potton from the Potton History Society to narrow down the location of Mrs. Langley's Nurseries a bit more confidently.
- LK236 - The location of a piece of wreckage in the front garden of a house on the south side of the B1042 Potton to Sandy road shown by the green circle is fairly confident. I have been in contact with a gentleman who was a lad at the time, and who cycled to Potton from Moggerhanger to look at the crash, and drew a sketch of the rear turret of the Stirling in the garden. A little while ago, he promised to post me a photocopy of his sketches, which would provide excellent evidence, but I haven't received anything in a while, so I will need to contact him again. The only snippet of information about the main wreckage is that it was "near Deepdale", so this location is much more speculative. My gentleman friend is insistent the turret he sketched was from the Stirling that collided with a Mustang, which was LK236, so he is adamant it is not part of LK207. Obviously, at the time, he would not have known the plane's identification details.
Click on this link to view a map of the west side of Potton, showing where the two planes LK207 and LK236 fell - in MY interpretation! Being so close together in distance, and only some 4 months in time, it is understandable for memories to become confused between them. The smaller circles show where some parts of the wreckage fell. Here are my reasons for where they are located:
Potton resident Mr. John Boston, who has shared his memories of the LK207 accident with me, recalls this Stirling LK236 falling on the Potton side of where now is the Sandy Heath Television Transmitter Aerial.