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Bleasby Community Website

World War II


(All information and pictures kindly provided by K Ogilvie. Copyright KDO Bleasby, 2015)

Vickers Wellington Bomber R1014

304 (Polish) Squadron, RAF Syerston

6th February, 1941


Crashed shortly after take off on training flight – Station Farm, near Station Road, Bleasby, killing all crew members


Sergeant Stanislaw Tofin  - Pilot - Age 35


Sergeant Jozef Jonczyk - Pilot - Age 24

of Szopienice, Katowice, Poland


Sergeant Jan Adam Cymborski – Air Gunner - Age 35

of Krakow, Poland


Sergeant Wojciech Lichota – Radio Operator - Age 31


Buried – Newark Cemetery, Nottinghamshire, UK


Polish War Memorial - Newark Cemetery Polish War Memorial - Newark Cemetery

Vickers Wellington Bomber R1473 

304 (Polish) Squadron, RAF Syerston

9th May, 1941


Killed when his aircraft was shot down by ground flak whilst on bombing raid on Hamburg, Germany


Wing Commander William Monteith Graham – Age 29

Of Roseneath Cottage (now Forge Cottage), Bleasby Nottinghamshire

Son of Henry and Nancy Graham, of Perak, Malay States

Husband of Jean Catherine Graham, of Little Hoaksley, Colchester, Essex

Father of Alastair G M Graham – born 25th May, 1941

Other R1473 crew members killed

Flying Officer Frank Stanley William Webb – Age 33

Flight Sergeant Stanley Robert Gear  DFM – Age 22

Sergeant William Clark Hamilton – Age 33

Flying Officer Gavin John Lynes DFC

Buried – Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany


Bleasby Community Website World War II

Avro Lancaster Bomber R5698

1654 Conversion Unit, RAF Wigsley

1st September, 1943 – 0330 Hours

Mid-air collision whilst on night training flight with Lancaster JB132 over High Cross, Bleasby, killing all crew members


Pilot Officer Joseph Murphy MacDonald - Pilot    Age 30

Son of William and Mary MacDonald

Husband of Phyllis MacDonald, of Knighton, Radnorshire


Sergeant George Robert Joyce – Flight Navigator   Age 19

Son of John and Violet Joyce, Northfleet


 Flying Officer Walter Stephen Jobling  DFC – Navigator  Age 34

Son of Thomas and Louisa Jobling

Husband of Dinah Jobling, of Lincoln


Sergeant Edward Neiland Jones – Air Bomber  Age 20

Son of Edward and Mabel Jones, Wallasey


Sergeant George Herbert Tough – Wireless Operator/ Air Gunner   Age 23

Son of Herbert and Evelyn Tough, Rathgar, Dublin, Eire


Sergeant John Henry Hutchinson – Mid Upper Gunner  Age 38

Son of James and Mary Hutchinson

Husband of Edith Hutchinson, Liverpool


Flight Sergeant Robert William Rashbrook RAAF – Rear Gunner      Age 20

Son of Ethel Rashbrook of Bassendean, Western Australia


Avro Lancaster Bomber JB132

61 Squadron, RAF Syerston

1st September, 1943 – 0330 Hours

Mid-air collision with Lancaster R5698, whilst returning from Berlin raid, over High Cross, Bleasby, Nottinghamshire, killing all crew members


Squadron Leader Dennis Crosby Wellburn DFC RCAF - Pilot    Age 27

Son of Stephen and Jane Wellburn

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada


Flying Officer Roy Leslie Clarke RAAF –    Age 26

Son of Alfred and Rebecca Clarke, Hastings, Victoria, Australia


 Sergeant John Reid Forrest – Navigator  Age 31

Son of John and Margaret Forrest, of Glasgow

Husband of Mary Forrest


Flight Lieutenant Richard Edward Davies – Air Bomber  Age 31

Son of Richard and Margaret Davies, of West Wickham, Kent

Husband of Elizabeth May Davies


Sergeant Jack Blackett – Wireless Operator/ Air Gunner   Age 20

Son of Robert and Mary Blackett


Flying Officer Trevor Francis Joyce – Air Gunner  Age 25

Son of Percy and Ann Joyce, of Ruislip, Middlesex


Sergeant Alan Paterson – Air Gunner      Age 25

Son of John and Martha Paterson, of Glendevon, Perthshire


Sergeant John Knox Watson   - Age 20

Son of George and Catherine Watson, of Mid Calder


Four crew members buried – Newark Cemetery, Nottinghamshire, UK


Avro Lancaster Bomber L7578

RAF No 5 Lancashire Finishing School, RAF Syerston

26th May, 1944 – 2130 Hours

Aircraft took off from RAF Syerston on night training flight, crashing near Gonalston, the pilot avoiding the villages of Bleasby and Thurgarton. Observed by the ARP Unit from The White House, Goverton, Bleasby


Sergeant George Benjamin Sanderson RCAF - Pilot   

From Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada


Pilot Officer Archibald Thomas Noble RCAF – Bomber   Age 28

Son of Thomas and Mary Noble, High River, Alberta, Canada


 Flight Sergeant Dennis Wright  RCAF – Gunner  Age 20

Son of Henry and Mary Wright, and Husband of Lillian Wright

Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Sergeant James Graham Middlemas –Flight Engineer  Age 19

Son of Harry and Isabella Middlemas, Galashiels, Selkirkshire, Scotland


Sergeant Derek Nicholls – Air Gunner   Age 19

Son of Mrs J E Osborne, Sonning Comron, Oxfordshire


Sergeant Bernard Broe – Wireless Operator  Age 22

Son of Harold and Elsie Broe, New Mills, Derbyshire


Sergeant Albert Dennis Clark  – Navigator      Age 28

Son of Albert and Jane Clark, of Sheffield


Buried -  Newark Cemetery, Nottinghamshire, UK