Stirling Mk.III LJ628 of No.1654 Heavy Conversion Unit RAF crashed on Upper Commons 21st June 1944 while flying from Wigsley in cloud the aircraft flew into rising ground
|Leonard Thomas Gardiner||Flying Officer||Pilot||OK|
|John O’Leary||Flying Officer||Pilot (Instructor)||OK|
|Jim Coulson||Sergeant||Bomb Aimer / Air Gunner||Injured|
|John David Gittings||Sergeant||Flight Engineer (instructor)||OK|
|Thomas Edward Burroughs||Sergeant||Wireless Operator||Injured|
|Lennox Schultz ‘Swig’ Van Nierkirk||Sergeant||Air Gunner||Injured|
On the 24th January 2005 the aircraft was recovered for the Stirling Project by Chinook. The aircraft involved was Chinook H.C. Mk.2A ZH893 of No.27 Sqn. Below are some images taken the day prior to the lift while final preparations were being made by members of the Stirling Project and the Joint Helicopter Support Unit, along with a little help from ourselves.