Halifax III LK844 MH-M


Above: The Memorial at Tingley


On November 14th 1944, Halifax Mk III, LK844 MH-M of 51 Squadron, had taken off from the RAF Snaith on what is said to have been a training flight.



When at approximately 17:30 over Tingley, while flying in low cloud and rain the aircraft got into difficulties and went out of control headed towards the ground, catching the rooftops of houses on its way. A bulk of the wreckage falling near a house in Balaclava Terrace close to the White Bear Hotel, Thorpe Lane, Tingley.

Above: Location of the memorial in Tingley(J28 M62)


The Crew:

1466020, F/Sgt – Pilot, Charles William Roy Millard

Charles was the son of Charles Frederick and Victoria Millard.  He served in the RAFVR 51 Sqdn, by 1944 he had married Peggy and they lived in Bishop's Stortford.  Charles was 23 years old at the time of the tragedy and is buried at Bishop's Stortsford Old Cemetery Sec Hq5 Grave 10.


1551166, F/Sgt - Air Bomber, Alexander Farquharson Simpson

Alexander was the son of Mrs & Mrs W W. Simpson who like Alexander's wife, Agnes McGibbon, lived in Edinburgh.  He served in the RAFVR 51 Sqdn.  He was 28 years old when the accident happened and he is remembered at Warriston Crematorium, Edinburgh Panel 4.


1604485, Sgt – Navigator, Victor Thomas Spragg

Victor was the son of Thomas and Winifred of West Kensington London.  He served in the RAFVR 51 Sqdn. He was only 21 when the accident happened.  He is buried at Mortlake Cemetery, Plot 8 Sec. D Grave 99 along with over 100 casualties.


3031120, Sgt - Flight Engineer, William Patrick Kendrick

William served in the RAFVR and was the son of Herbert Herbert and Margaret Nickson of Mordon, Surrey. He was only 19 years old when his life was taken in 1944.  He is buried in Morden Cemetery Sec H Grave 1108 along with over 250 other casualties.


1869457, Sgt - Air Gunner, Alfred William Payton

Alfred was the son of Alfred and Ethel of Ely and husband of Marjorie also of Ely.  He served in the RAFVR. He was only 21 in 1944 when he lost his life along with the other airmen on that night. He is buried in Ely Cemetery, Sec F, Grave 162 along with 28 servicemen from both World Wars.


1802077, Sgt - Air Gunner, Kenneth Ernest Douglas Saines

Kenneth was the son of Ernest and Florence Saines and husband to Sylvia of Hanwell, Middlesex.  He also served in the RAFVR.  He was 30 at the time of the accident and he is buried at Selby Cemetery - grave 5282 along with over 80 other casualties.


1590143, Sgt - W.Op/Air gunner, John Hill

John was the grandson of Frederick and Mary Hill of Swinefleet.  He like his comrades served in the RAFVR 51 Sqdn. John was 20 years old when he lost his life on 14 November 1944.  He is buried in Swinefleet Cemetery, Sec D Grave 221, where he lies with one other casualty of war.


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