Stretford WW2 

Thomas Winstanley

Rank:Pilot OfficerNumber:134723
Ship/Rgn/Sqn No:Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Name of Rgt or Ship:Operational Training Unit
How Died:Accidental
Country of burial:U.K.Grave Photo:Yes
Cemetery or Memorial:Stretford Cemetery
Town Memorial:Stretford Book
Extra Information:
Born during the June quarter 1922 in the Barton on Irwell R.D. - ref:
8c/994, the son of Thomas & Nora Winstanley (nee Burton).

A Bomb Aimer, he took off at 11.00 hrs from RAF Harwell in a Wellington Mk
IC bomber, No. X3171 for a cross country training flight.   The pilot lost
control while flying in cloud and dived almost wertically to crash at 15.15
hrs at Blackburn Fell, in or near the Harwood Forest, close to the village
of Elsdon, some three miles ESE of Otterburn, Northumberland.  The entire
crew of six were all killed. 

Buried 08/03/1943 - Burial No. 18,895.

M.I. - "Sweetest memories of our dear son Tommy.  Blessed is the man who
gives his life for his friends".
Memorials found on:
St. Ann's R.C. Church (Stretford)
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