Stirling Mk.III LK502 of No.1654 HCU RAF crashed at Cliffe Park, Rudyard, Leek 27th May 1944
|Gordon Noble Leach||Flying Officer||Pilot||Killed|
|Frederick Thomas James Nicholls||Flight Sergeant||Flight Engineer||OK|
|Arthur C. Brett||Flight Sergeant||Flight Engineer||OK|
|Geoffray Norman Wise||Flight Sergeant||Navigator||OK|
|D. C. Watson||Flight Sergeant||Bomb Aimer||OK|
|Bernard David Fine||Flight Sergeant||Wireless Operator||Killed|
|Harry Ward||Sergeant||Air Gunner||Killed|
|Charles David Howes||Sergeant||Air Gunner||Killed|
The crew were on a night cross country exercise from RAF Wigsley, with one of the objectives being to take a night photogaph of the Menai Bridge between Bangor and Anglesey. During the flight the aircraft began to loose power and the crew started to abandon the aircraft, though only some had left the aircraft before it crashed.
Of the four survivors, three were later killed on active service they were Flt Sgts Brett, Nicholls and Wise.