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  Sergeant William Beattie - 576 Squadron  
 

Sergeant William Walker Beattie - RAFVR

 
 Sergeant William Beattie was serving as Wireless Operator aboard Lancaster Mk.III ND994 coded UL-F2 during an operation to attack the railway yards at Revigny on July 14/15, 1944. The aircraft departed Elsham Wolds at 2116hrs but was shot down by a night fighter. The tail section of the Lancaster falling at 0224 hours at Loches-sur-Ource (Aube),3 km NW of Essoyes, France. The main part of the Lancaster crashed into a cornfield several hundred yards away, followed by two large explosions. F/S McCollum was found dead near the tail section with the rest of the crew in the vicinity of the main wreckage. The crew were buried by local villagers and rest in the Communal Cemetery at Loches-sur-Essoyes.

 The crew consisted of:

Name

Service

Trade

Hometown

Age

F/O Raymond Linklater

RCAF

Pilot

Burnham, Saskatchewan

24

Sgt John Pringle

RAFVR

Flight Engineer

Hightown,Lancashire

27

Sgt Stanley Kozlowski

RCAF

Navigator

Fort William, Ontario

27

F/O Donald Macintosh

RCAF

Bomb Aimer

Hamilton, Ontario

25

Sgt William Beattie

RAFVR

W/Op/AG

Hylton,Co.Durham

-

Sgt George Sims

RCAF

Air Gunner

Kensington, Prince Edward Island

34

F/Sgt William McCollum

RCAF

Air Gunner

Toronto, Ontario

21

 

Sergeant William Walker Beattie RAFVR was the son of William Storey and Elizabeth Jane Beattie of Hylton, County Durham.

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The Crew's Funeral

 

 The Navigator, Sergeant Stanley Kozlowski RCAF was of Polish parentage and born in Manitoba. He changed his christian name on enlistment from Stanislaus to Stanley John.

 
  Photos courtesy of Graeme Beattie, research by Linda Ibrom.