On the return journey from Nuremburg, in the early morning of 31 March 1944 and when attempting an emergency landing at RAF Silverstone this aircraft was extensively damaged by striking the high masts of the Assisted Safe Landing Equipment, resulting in loss of control and a crash landing in adjoining playing fields. The mid-upper gunner was the only survivor but received mortal wounds and died in hospital on 9 April 1944. The crew were:
Sqdn.Ldr. MAURICE McCREANOR Sgt. ALEXANDER WILLIAM McLENNON P/O THOMAS ARTHUR EVANS
Flt.Sgt. THOMAS WALTON THOMPSON Sgt. RONALD JOHN MATON P/O CHARLES ALBERT DONOVAN
Sgt. DONALD ALRED HOOKER
This memorial stands on a O.S. trigg point within the grounds of Silverstone motor racing circuit.
(photographs: Rob68/flypast formite).
DETAIL : INITIATION : THE McCREANOR FAMILY : DESIGN : H,C UTILISING AN ORDNANCE SURVEY TRIG POINT