Urmston WW2 

Charles Bagshaw

Rank:Flight SergeantNumber:820005
Ship/Rgn/Sqn No:103 Sqn RAF
Name of Rgt or Ship:Bomber Command
How Died:Accidental
Country of burial:U.K.Grave Photo:Yes
Cemetery or Memorial:Urmston Cemetery
Town Memorial:Not Listed
Extra Information:
Born during the June quarter 1921 in the Salford R.D. - ref: 8d/61, the son
of Charles Garrett & Sarah Bagshaw (nee Finnigan).

1939 National Registration - 12a Hilrose Avenue, Urmston.   Charles G.
Bagshaw - Married - born: 10th December 1898 - occ: Electrical Fitter
Controllers for Mines.   Sarah Bagshaw - Married - born: 22nd August 1898 -
occ: Unpaid Domestic Diuties.   In addition, there were five redacted
records.   One of those would have been Charles, the others his

Joined the Metro-Vics Company as a Probationary Trade Apprentice in August
1936 and became a TA in November 1937.  Joined the RAFVR and was mobilised
in September 1939.   Promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 1943.    Killed
when his aircraft crashed on landing when returning from a raid over
Germany in February 1944.

Air Bomber.   He took off at 23.50hrs from RAF Elsham Wolds in Lancaster Mk
III No. ND334 PM on a bombing operation over Leipzig, a long eight hour
round trip, mostly over enemy territory.    On their return to base they
collided in the air with another Lancaster Mk III - No. JB530 PM and
crashed killing five of the seven crew members.   The pilot of the other
Lancaster managed to crash land without serious injury to his crew.

John Knifton writes on his website -
https://johnknifton.com/2015/08/26/raf-elsham-wolds-part-four/    As they
returned unscathed from this rather unsuccessful raid on Leipzig, two
Lancasters collided with each other.  One was the Avro Lancaster Mk III,
JB530, PM-F. The aircraft had taken off at 11:22 pm., and was preparing to
land. Given the timings of the raid, this incident must have taken place at
around 7.00-8.00 am. I would have thought that, at this time of year, it
cannot have been absolutely pitch black, and, even though it was February,
there must surely have been some light. Lancaster JB530 was heavily damaged
in the collision with the other Lancaster, but the pilot, Flight Sergeant
H.Gumbrell used all of his skills to bring the aircraft down without
serious damage to the members of the crew. 

The second Lancaster Mk III, ND334, PM- unknown, did not fare quite so
well. This aircraft had taken off a little later at 11:50 pm., and was also
preparing to land.  The pilot, Warrant Officer JC Warnes escaped with
injuries, as did the Mid-Upper Gunner, Sergeant S.Clapham, but everybody
else was killed. These included the Flight Engineer, Sergeant
D.H.J.Cunningham, the Navigator, Flying Officer R.H.Fuller, the Bomb Aimer,
Flight Sergeant C.Bagshaw,  the Wireless Operator, Sergeant E.S.Gunn and
the Rear Gunner, Sergeant A.O.Haines:

Buried 24/02/1944 - Burial No. 4,917.

CWGC Headstone laid flat onto the private family gravestone in Urmston

M.I. - "He died that others might live".

His father, Charles Garrett Bagshaw died 20/02/1960 aged 61 years and his
mother, Sarah Bagshaw died 28/10/1950 aged 51 years.

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