Sergeant Frederick Shorter  -  50 Squadron  
   

Sergeant Frederick Henry Shorter - RAFVR

 

 On 21/22nd June 1944,LancasterI LL840 VN-M took off from Skellingthorpe for an op to Scholven-Buer.It crashed at Oene (Gelderland),5 km E of Epe after being shot down by a night-fighter. Six of the eight man crew were able to egress the aircraft however, Sergeant Shorter and W/O Lane were killed and rest in the general cemetery at Epe, Kenneth Ingram initially evaded capture before being handed over to the  Gestapo.

The crew consisted of:

Name

 Service

 Hometown

Age

S/L T.B.Cole - POW

RAFVR

-

-

F/Sgt Kenneth Ingram - EVD

RAFVR

Portsmouth

19

F/O Jack Craven - EVD

RAFVR

-

-

F/Sgt A.G.Beresford - POW

RAFVR

-

-

P/O Eric.J.Blakemore - EVD

RAFVR

-

-

W/O John Lane

RAFVR

Battersea, London

22

Sgt Frederick Shorter

RAFVR

Wellingborough, Northants.

24

Sgt P.F.Hayes - POW

RAFVR

-

-

 Flight Sergeant Kenneth Ingram was to fall into the hands of the Gestapo and shot on the 1st of October 1944, and he rests in the Apeldoorn (Ugchelen-Heidehof) General cemetery.

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 Warrant Officer Frederick Henry Shorter RAFVR was born on January 23rd 1920 at Cannon Place, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire to John and Matilda Shorter. Frederick was the second brother of Jim, Evelyn and Frank. Jim was to serve in the Army and Frank in the Navy and later the RAF. At the time of his death the family were living at 99 The Drive, Wellingborough.

 He attended Victoria School, Wellingborough, leaving school at fourteen to work with his father at the Ironstone Quarry at Irchester, near Wellingborough. Later he worked as a butcher at Johnny Williams, Wellingborough. It is believed that Frederick volunteered in approximately 1943.

Photos courtesy of Frederick Orton, research by Linda Ibrom.