Photograph and information courtesy of Shaun Norton.


Born: 1915, Ipswich.

Died: 20th December 1940; age 25 – Missing on raid to Lorient – Shot down by flak.


Rank: Wireless Operator/Air Gunner; Service Number: 620004.

Regiment: Royal Air Force, 217 Squadron.


Grave Reference:

Collective Grave 1-2.

Lanester Communal Cemetery,




Relatives Notified & Address: Son of William Alexander & Elizabeth Hilda Plant, of Ipswich.



Father: William Alexander Plant, born 1886, Heston, Middlesex.

Mother: Elizabeth Hilda Plant, born 1889, Ipswich.


20th December 1940


Aircraft: Bristol Beaufort Mk 1; Serial number: L4474; Departed from St. Eval, Cornwall for a bombing raid on the U-boat bases at Brest and Lorient. L4474 came under very heavy flak gun attack. The aircraft was hit causing it’s bomb load to explode, bringing the aircraft down on to the main roads in Lanester, Brittany.


Nelson Henry Webb; Pilot Officer/Pilot; age 23; R.A.F.V.R.

Charles Maurice Tiplady; Sergeant/Pilot/Air Observer; age: 21; R.A.F.V.R.

Peter Milligan; Sergeant/Wireless Operator/Air Gunner; age: 23; R.A.F.V.R.

Funeral took place for the airmen on Sunday, 21st December 1940.

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