Potton Stirling LK236

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.