The Wrigley Crew - 431 Squadron  
 

 

The Wrigley Crew (Harold Irwin 2nd from right)

 

 The Wrigley Crew were flying Lancaster Mk. X  KB-813 coded SE-S during a cross country training flight on October 25, 1944 in preparation for the squadron conversion from Halifaxes to Lancasters. The aircraft inexplicably crashed 11 miles southwest of Bedford, near Tingrith. killing all on board.

The crew consisted of:

Name

Service

Trade

Hometown

Age

P/O Gordon Wrigley

RCAF

Pilot

Hawkstone,Ontario

21

Sgt Frederick Smith

RAFVR

Flight Engineer

Lincoln

21

P/O James Schwerdfager

RCAF

Bomb Aimer

Ottawa, Ontario

20

P/O Robert Gillis

RCAF

Navigator

Halifax, Nova Scotia

22

F/Sgt Harvey Irwin

RCAF

Wireless Air Gunner

Barrie, Ontario

20

F/Sgt Alan Malaidack

RCAF

Air Gunner

Halifax, Nova Scotia

21

F/Sgt Harold Yerdon

RCAF

Air Gunner

Brockville, Ontario

21

 

 

  Photo courtesy of Jordan Mosley.