Today marks the 79th anniversary of the loss of the seven crew members of Lancaster ED559.
F/Lt Richard A. Curle (Pilot) — RAF 121280 (Age 28)
Sgt David A. Hart (Flight Engineer) — RAF 567377 (Age 24)
F/O Harry Riding (Wireless Operator) — RAAF 403699 (Age 25)
F/O Errol C. Crapp (Navigator) — RAAF 411113 (Age 24)
P/O Charles S. Challoner (Bomb Aimer) — RAF 131995 (Age 37)
Sgt Daniel L. Gooch (Mid-Upper Gunner) — RAF 1336491 (Age 19)
Sgt Garnet W. Durdin (Rear Gunner) — RAAF 416149 (Age 25)
I was hoping that for this anniversary the commemorative plaque I had made would have been placed at the cemetery where Richard Curle is interred. Alas, although I have requested updates, I have not heard from the local mayor's office since early January.
I remain hopeful that the plaque will be installed soon and visitors can learn more about the crew and the sacrifice they made all those years ago.
Lest we forget.
As and when information is found I'll post to this blog.