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Aircraftman 2nd Class Gordon Sydney Wakefield

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Aircraftman 2nd Class Gordon Sydney Wakefield

Birth
Death
24 Nov 1941 (aged 18–19)
March, Fenland District, Cambridgeshire, England
Burial
Wisbech, Fenland District, Cambridgeshire, England
Plot
Western Div. 3. Grave 4.
Memorial ID
60093765 View Source

115 Squadron’s Vickers Wellington (#Z8863) bomber aircraft, with an aircrew of six and also including three members of the ground aircrew (on the flight for flight experience), took off from RAF Marham on a non-operational flying test. Flying at a low altitude, Z8863 crashed 2 miles NW of March after colliding with railway cars on the March-Spalding rail line. All the airmen aboard the Wellington lost their lives in this accident.
The airmen who perished were-
RAFVR Sergeant George Robert BRUCE,
RAFVR Sergeant Percy George CROSBIE,
RAFVR Sergeant Jack DIX,
RAFVR Sergeant William Myrddin EVANS,
RAF Corporal James Crosby FOX,
RAFVR Sergeant Ernest Alfred LAWRENCE,
RAF Sergeant Henry Norman O'SHEA,
RAFVR Sergeant Percival Miles TAYLOR and
RAF Aircraftman 2nd Class Gordon Sydney WAKEFIELD.

Military Service-
Rank: Aircraftman 2nd Class
Trade: Ground Crew
Service No: 1215618
Age: 19
Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Division: 115 RAF Squadron; RAF Marham, Norfolk

Son of Sidney and Hilda Vera Wakefield of Wisbech, England.

115 Squadron’s Vickers Wellington (#Z8863) bomber aircraft, with an aircrew of six and also including three members of the ground aircrew (on the flight for flight experience), took off from RAF Marham on a non-operational flying test. Flying at a low altitude, Z8863 crashed 2 miles NW of March after colliding with railway cars on the March-Spalding rail line. All the airmen aboard the Wellington lost their lives in this accident.
The airmen who perished were-
RAFVR Sergeant George Robert BRUCE,
RAFVR Sergeant Percy George CROSBIE,
RAFVR Sergeant Jack DIX,
RAFVR Sergeant William Myrddin EVANS,
RAF Corporal James Crosby FOX,
RAFVR Sergeant Ernest Alfred LAWRENCE,
RAF Sergeant Henry Norman O'SHEA,
RAFVR Sergeant Percival Miles TAYLOR and
RAF Aircraftman 2nd Class Gordon Sydney WAKEFIELD.

Military Service-
Rank: Aircraftman 2nd Class
Trade: Ground Crew
Service No: 1215618
Age: 19
Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Division: 115 RAF Squadron; RAF Marham, Norfolk

Son of Sidney and Hilda Vera Wakefield of Wisbech, England.


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