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John Stanley Kirton

Servicenumber : 174112
Rank : Pilot Officer (Pilot)
Regiment : Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Unit : 166 Squadron
Date of Death : 13-06-1944
Age : 22
Grave : Plot 4. Grave 302.
John Stanley Kirton was a son of George Stanley Kirton and Mary Ellen Kirton. He was married to Joan Kirton, of Braintree, Essex.
Kirton was posted into 166 squadron on 21 February 1944. On 13 June 1944 he was aboard Lancaster MK III ND399. The plane's target was Gelsenkirchen in Germany. At about 02.30 hrs the Lancaster was shot down by a German night-fighter. It crashed at Ugchelen-Willemsbos, directly west of Apeldoorn. All 7 occupants died in the crash. Their names are:
John Stanley Kirton
James Patrick Coogan
James Lesney Lochhead
Peter Lancelot Andrewes
Alfred John Brazier
Cecil McClean
Frederick Ivan Spencer
 Picture: 12-09-2016
I'll walk beside you
In the land of dreams.
Love's last gift,
Photograph courtesy: Denise Brown
The crew of Lancaster MKIII ND399
Sources: Website CWGC, website https://aviation-safety.net and website http://raf166squadron.com


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