Avro Lancaster Mk.I NF963 / BQ-A of No.550 Sqn dived into the ground near to Ellingstring in North Yorkshire just before midnight on the 4th October 1944

Avro Lancaster


Stanley Herbert Hayter Flying Officer Pilot Injured
Leon Asher Bassman Sergeant Flight Engineer Killed
Thomas Yestyn Thomas Flying Officer Navigator Killed
Robert Ranui Bradshaw Flying Officer RNZAF Air Bomber Killed
John Patrick Sheridan Sergeant Navigator / Air Gunner Killed
Arthur Joseph Pearce Sergeant Wireless Operator Killed
James McVey Sergeant Air Gunner Killed


Lancaster Mk.I NF963 broke up in mid air on killing 6 of the 7 crew, the pilot escaping when the cockpit disintegrated around him. Some of the crew did manage to bale out but were too low for their parachutes to deploy.

Wreckage at the crash site of Avro Lancaster NF963 near Ellingstring, Yorkshire
A small amount of NF963 is still left at the crash site today.