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.

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.