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