Vickers Wellington Mk.X LP397 of No.28 OTU, crashed at Mayfield, which is just to the west of Ashbourne on the 13th June 1944
|Joseph Starr||Flying Officer, RAF||Pilot||Killed|
|George David Wills Buchanan||Flying Officer, RCAF||Navigator||Killed|
|William Corley Davis||Sergeant, RCAF||Bomb Aimer||Killed|
|William George Paterson||Sergeant, RAFVR||Air Gunner||Killed|
|James Joseph Urban Stevens||Sergeant, RCAF||Air Gunner||Killed|
|Richard John Taylor||Sergeant, RCAF||Air Gunner||Killed|
The crash occurred while the aircraft was on a cross country exercise from Castle Donington, about 25 minutes after it took off it entered a thunderstorm, shortly afterwards the aircraft was seen to dive near vertically out of the cloud and into the ground near the village of Mayfield.
Of the crew all were Canadians except for William Paterson, Joseph Starr having travelled to England before the Second World War and joined the RAF
Additionally Sgt John Frederick Potts, RAFVR, has been recorded as being onboard this aircraft. However he was killed the same day in Anson EG472 on Moel Hebog in North Wales. His death was registered at Pwllheli, the district which covered the area around Moel Hebog.
On Sunday June 12th 2011 a memorial was unveiled in the churchyard of Mayfield parish church, the event was organised by the Mayfield Heritage Group with the assistance of many others. The very wet weather on the day did not prevent a large gathering of young and old around the memorial stone for a service of remembrance.
The four Canadian members of the crew were buried at Brookwood Military Cemetery near London, below are photographs of their graves.