Stirling Mk.I N6075 of No.101 Squadron, C Flight, RAF crashed at Merryton Low near Leek 13th July 1942
|Roderick Urquhart Morrison||Sergeant||Pilot||Killed|
|John Richard Griffin||Flight Sergeant RCAF||Observer||Killed|
|John Ellis Williams||Sergeant||Flight Engineer||Killed|
|William Anthony George Atkins||Sergeant||Flight Engineer||Killed|
|Thorstein Enevold Helgesen||Flight Sergeant RCAF||Wireless Op. / Air Gunner||Killed|
|James Frederick Hirst||Flight Sergeant RCAF||Wireless Op. / Air Gunner||Killed|
|Leo Joseph Regimbal||Sergeant De Section RCAF||Air Gunner||Killed|
It while on a cross country navigation flight from RAF Oakington in Cambridgeshire that the aircraft flew into high ground at Merrytown Low to the east of Leek a short way below the summit of the ridge. It is thought that the aircraft had over flown Biddulph shortly before the crash as the passenger was from the town.
The crew had been authorised to carry out a cross country flight followed by practice bombing at a range in Norfolk. The route was Oakington – Peebles – Stranraer – Aberdovey – Buckingham – Marham – Gooderstone Range – Oakington. The closest point the aircraft should have approached where it crashed was some 45 miles to the North East on its north bound leg to Peebles. At the time of the crash it should have been on the leg from Buckingham to Marham so would appear to have completed some or all of the northern part of its route.
On th 18th July 1942 the four Canadian members of the crew were buried at Buxton Cemetery.