Sibsey Lancaster Memorial service in the field

    October 01, 2017 14:30
    In the field, Sibsey Northlands


    Annual Memorial Service in the field
    Sunday 1st October 2.30pm

    Commemorating the Crew of Lancaster ED 503 – No. 9 Squadron
    Sibsey Northlands in the field (approx. PE22 0UF) look out for direction signs.

    Everyone welcome and please come back to Sibsey Village Hall for free refreshments;
    this event is free with free parking and a free bus from Tattershall Market Place at 1.30pm

    **News flash** We have as usual ask for a fly past by the Lancaster or Dekota

    In 1943 a Lancaster aircraft crashed in a field at Sibsey Northland killing all members of the crew.
    One member of the crew was recovered and he is buried in Scotland.

    The aircraft and men are buried where they fell; the ground was too marshy to allow any recovery.
    The book ‘Memorial Lancaster ED503’ by Stan Naylor is now available £5.95

    On January 29th 1943, the six-man crew of a No 9 Squadron Lancaster aircraft, Ed503, were killed when it crashed into the Lincolnshire Fens. The brand new Lancaster Mk III with only 85 minutes flying time recorded was scheduled to bomb the V-boat pens at Lorient in France. However, owing to bad weather over the target, the raid was cancelled before take-off. The plane was subsequently re-scheduled to a training session.

    No one knows why the aircraft suddenly lost height and crashed into this field, creating a crater in the wet quicksand and subsoil. It was impossible, despite pumping by the fire service, to recover the majority of the wreckage or the bodies of the crew, apart from the rear gunner. They remain buried where they fell.

    To show their respect to the fallen crew and to support the crews members of family that travel here every year – we usually have around 100 people joining us for the service.