Flight Sergeant Joseph Spring - 90 Squadron  

Flight Sergeant Joseph Spring - RAFVR


Flight Sergeant Joseph Spring was piloting Stirling MK.III  EH-989 coded WP-P for an operation to Amiens on March 15/16 1944. The aircraft departed from Tuddenham at 1850hrs but on the homeward journey, as it prepared to land, it collided with Wellington X LN-660 piloted by F/O James Lyon DFC, RAAF from 11 OTU.

The Stirling crashed  at Astwell Park, Northamptonshire with the Wellington crashing  to the East of Quainton in Buckinghamshire, killing everyone aboard both aircraft.

The crew consisted of:

Name Service Trade Hometown  Age
F/Sgt Joseph Spring  RAFVR Pilot Manchester 18
Sgt George Collins  RAFVR Flight Engineer White Waltham 30
Sgt Thomas Hewitt  RAFVR Navigator Runcorn, Cheshire 23
Sgt John Bone  RAFVR Bomb Aimer Watford,Herts 22
Sgt Arthur Estcourte  RAFVR W/Op/AG Norwich 29
Sgt William Ramsay  RAFVR M/Up Gunner Dundee 22
Sgt William Bruce  RAF Rear Gunner Ipswich, Suffolk 22

 Flight Sergeant Joseph Spring was the son of Frank and Elizabeth Spring of Manchester, he is buried in Oxford (Botley) Cemetery.

More details on the mid-air can be found in the tribute But For a Few Minutes More.



Photo courtesy of Chris Beale, research by Linda Ibrom