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  Sergeant Frank Spencer - 514 Squadron  
 

Sergeant Frank Richard Spencer - RAFVR

 
 Sergeant Frank Richard Spencer was serving as Bomb Aimer on board Lancaster Mk. II LL690 coded JI-J during an operation to to bomb the railway yards at Valenciennes on June 15/16, 1944. The aircraft took off from Waterbeach at 2314hrs and crashed between Iwuy and Rieux-en-Cambresis, two small villages near Cambrai, killing everyone on board.

The crew consisted of:

Name

Service

Trade

Hometown

Age

P/O Ernest Kingham

RAFVR

Pilot

-

-

Sgt Joseph Black

RAFVR

Flight Engineer

Newcastle on Tyne

21

F/Sgt Raymond Hutt

RAFVR

Navigator

-

-

Sgt Frank Spencer

RAFVR

Bomb Aimer

Hilderstone,Staffordshire

20

Sgt Benjamin Bloom

RAFVR

W/Op/AG

-

-

Sgt Frederick Ansell

RAFVR

M/U Gunner

Tottenham,Middx

34

Sgt Daniel David

RCAF

Rear Gunner

Gilford, Ontario

27

 

Autographed photo of the crew.

 Sergeant Frank Richard Spencer RAFVR was the son of Frank and Elizabeth Rose Spencer of Hilderstone, Staffordshire. He had an older brother George and younger sister Freda and was husband of Kathleen of Blackley, Manchester. He did some of his earlier training in Oudtshoorn, South Africa. 

 Five of the crew including Flight Sergeant Spencer rest in Rieux Communal Cemetry. Flight Sergeant Hutt rests in Iwuy Communal Cemetery, while Sergeant Bloom is remembered on Panel 235 of the Runnymede Memorial

 
  Photos courtesy of Barbara Thacker, research by Linda Ibrom.