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Sgt Maurice Wiffen

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Sgt Maurice Wiffen

Birth
Ipswich Borough, Suffolk, England
Death 2 Mar 1940 (aged 29–30)
Forest Heath District, Suffolk, England
Burial Braintree, Braintree District, Essex, England
Plot Cons. Sec. Grave 7936.
Memorial ID 115374888 View Source
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Pilot
Service No:580312
Royal Air Force -149 Sqdn.

Son of Lewis W. Wiffen and Ethel C. Wiffen, of Braintree.


On 2 March 1940, 149 ‘East India’ RAF Squadron’s Vickers Wellington 1a (N2984 OJ-) aircraft took flight-with other Wellington bombers-from RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk, on a night ‘Nickel’ (leaflet dropping) operation over Bremen, Germany. Shortly following take-off one of the aircraft’s engines failed, so the aircrew prepared to return to base. But, minutes later, the Wellington, with its landing lights on, crashed at Burnt Fen-9 miles north-west of Mildenhall, killing all six of its aircrew.

The five other airmen who perished in this tragic accident were-
RAF Flying Officer Leo Reginald FIELD,
RAF Aircraftman 2nd Class Laurence Bruce HUGHSON,
RAF Sergeant James Chalmers MURDOCH,
RAF Leading Aircraftman Ernest Harry PRIOR,
RAF Aircraftman 2nd Class Thomas Edgeley SMITH


Inscription

PER ARDUA AD ASTRA
IN LOVING MEMORY OF OUR
MAURICE
SERGT. PILOT M. WIFFEN.
KILLED IN ACTION 2ND MARCH 1940
AGED 29 YEARS


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