Sibsey Lancaster Memorial Trust

Every year on the first Sunday in October a Service of Commemoration is held at the site at 2.30pm.

On January 19th 1943 the six man crew of the No 9 Squadron Lancaster aircraft - ED503 were killed when it crashed in the Lincolnshire Fen at Sibsey Northlands.

No one knows why the aircraft suddenly lost height and crashed into the field creating a crater in the quicksand and subsoil.  It was impossible, despite pumping by the fire service to recover the crew or wreckage.  one crew member, Sgt Thomas Wishart , was thrown clear and is buried in Scotland.  The remaining crew members are buried where they fell.

After the War the families of the crew members paid for a Memorial to be placed on the site of the Crash.  The names of all six members are inscribed on the Memorial. It was built and consecrated in 1947.

Flight Lieutenant Robert Frood Lind RAF (VR) - Pilot

Pilot Officer Charles W H Cocks RAF (VR) - Air Gunner

Sergeant Donald A Brown RAF (VR) - Wireless operator

Sergeant John Doran RAF (VR) - Flight Engineer

Sergeant Thomas Henry RAF (VR) - Bomb aimer RAF (VR)

Sergeant Thomas Wishart RAF (VR) - Rear Gunner (buried in Scotland )

A Trust was formed with the late Mr Bert Barrack MBE, the first Chairman.

The Aim of the Trust - To place a wreath of poppies on the Memorial every year and its preservation for eternity.

Every year on the first Sunday in October a Service of Commemoration is held at the site at 2.30pm.

The Station Commanders of RAF Waddington and RAF Coningsby are invited together with local MPs, the Mayor of Boston, Chairman of East Lindsey District Council as well as other civic leaders and the lovely loyal members of the public who always support the Trust.

This year there will be an overfly by the BBMF Lancaster, weather permitting of course.

Please join us if you are able.

The site is in the middle of a field with a grassed area approach.  Suitable footwear is advisable.

Please contact Mrs Joan Roseveare - 01526 342352

jmw51@btinternet.com

There is free transport to the service from Tattershall Market Place which leaves at 1.30pm.

Refreshments are served in Sibsey Village Hall.