L Merrifield / JA Denning (22/12/1941)

Two members of the squadron, Sgt L Merrifield and Sgt JA Denning, were killed in a flying accident (Halifax L9522) whilst on a flight with No. 28 Conversion Flight on 22nd December 1941.

CWGC records show the following burial details:

  • DENNING, JAMES ALBERT Sergeant ‘939302’ GRANTHAM CEMETERY Sec. 17. Row M. Grave 10.
  • MERRIFIELD, LESLIE Sergeant ‘702345’ HORWICH (RIDGMONT) CEMETERY Div. 2. Sec. 2. C. of E. Grave P.25.

[Source: Find-a-Grave]


“For Your Tomorrow” by Errol Martyn

Halifax L9522 – took off at 10.25 captained by Flt Lt Owen, RAF, and was seen about 40 minutes later flying low over Lincolnshire, in the vicinity of Knipton, heading towards Barkston Woods in poor visibility. The aircraft crashed a few minutes later into a wooded area on the top of a high ridge known as Terrace Hills.

All eight crew members (RF Owen, EAF Gibb, RPW Barker, WS Beattie, L Merrifield , JA Denning, SR Mayston and JA Hancock) were killed