In June 1943, a seven year old lad named Neil Trotter was in the playground at school
In the tiny Lincolnshire village of Scredington when he saw a big black bomber flying very low overhead. After walking home that afternoon he was told by his mother that the aircraft he had seen had crashed in the fields behind their house. Neil later learned that his mother had approached the aircraft intending to render what assistance she could, but because of exploding ammunition was unable to get anywhere near the wreck. All on board perished.
The aircraft was Lancaster ED 439 of 83 Squadron. The aircraft had taken off from RAF Wyton at around 11:00am on the 18th June with a crew of seven, plus two passengers, believed to be wireless technicians. The names of the crew who died in the crash were:-
Pilot F/Sgt M.K. Cummings
Flight Engineer Sgt H.W. Luker RAAF
Navigator Sgt F.W. Wilcox RAAF
Bomb aimer Sgt J. Roughley
Wireless Operator Flt Sgt Cheshire RCAF
Mid upper Gunner Sgt N. Woodcock
Rear Gunner Sgt R. Taylor
Passengers Cpl Bond and Cpl Sloss
On the 19th June 2016, 73 years since the crash, the residents of Scredington came together to remember those who lost their lives on that horrible day. A group of cadets from 2160 (Sleaford) Sqn, joined their colleagues from 17 (Coningsby) Sqn, to honour the young men who died. Three years ago, in company with other units Sleaford cadets took part in a ceremony to dedicate a new memorial to the fallen airmen on the 70th anniversary of their deaths.
Cadet FS Alex Myers said of the event:- “This was a very memorable experience for I and the rest of the cadets from Sleaford and we all hope to visit the memorial again later on in the year, and in years to come to remember those who crashed and died 73 years ago”.