GEORGE HENRY NORTON

Remembered by Ransomes, Sims & Jefferies with entrance gates, dedicated in May 1958, at Ransomes Sports’ Centre, Sidegate Avenue, Ipswich.

Images courtesy of Ian Wylie.

 

 

Born: 1923, Ipswich.

Died: 4th May 1944; age: 21.

Residence: 27, Beech Grove, Ipswich.

Employed: at Ransomes, Sims & Jefferies, Ipswich.

Rank: Sergeant/Flight Engineer; Service Number: 1801045.

Regiment: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 57 Squadron.

 

Grave Reference:

Joint Grave 1.

Le Vaudoue Communal Cemetery,

Seine-et-Marne,

France.

 

Relatives Notified & Address: Son of George & Margaret Gertrude Louisa Norton, of Ipswich.

Graveside service held after the war.

 

George’s father visiting his son’s grave.

Father: George Norton, born May 1904, Ipswich.

Mother: Margaret Gertrude Louisa Norton (nee Jordan), born August 1904, Ipswich.

 

ENGLAND & WALES REGISTER 1939

George was living with his parents & sister at their family home – 27, Beech Grove, Ipswich.

George, a Printer’s Machine Minder.

Margaret, unpaid Domestic Duties.

June M. Norton, born 1933, Ipswich.

 

Probate to George Norton – father, a printer’s machine minder and Margaret Gertrude Louisa Norton – mother.

 

 

3rd/4th May 1944

 

Aircraft: Avro Lancaster III; serial number: ND468; code: DX-M, based at R.A.F Station East Kirkby, Lincolnshire. The aircraft took-off at 21:43hrs on the 3rd May, their mission was to neutralise, with heavy bombing, the German military field of Mailly-le Camp, Aube, France, in preparation of the Operation ‘OVERLORD,’ the Allied landing in Normandy. 2 Pathfinder Mosquitoes, and 346 Lancaster’s took part; 25 Lancaster’s from East Kirkby. ND468 failed to return. According to Mr. Grandjean, Mayor of Le Vaudoue, the aircraft fell into wooded ground, about 400 yards south east of Le Vaudoue, exploding on impact. The German Totenliste No. 246 records the seven man crew buried in five coffins on the 6th May 1944.

 

On the 15th November 1946, the bodies were exhumed. The bodies were found broken and burnt. George and Rendal Scrivener had been buried together, and were identified by their burnt clothing, non issue black shoes, blue woolen socks, portions of an ‘Rhodean’ wing on a brevet. Plus scraps of their Mae West and parachute harnesses.

 

After the wreckage with numerous bullet holes in both fins, and the bodies were examined, it was concluded that ND468 had been shot down, at 01:15hrs, by two German night fighters Messerschmitt Bf110, on their return journey to R.A.F. East Kirkby. Two of the crew had baled out, but had been found dead with pine branches piercing their skulls. The other four had been burned to death in the aircraft crash. Two unidentified beyond recognition.

Fellow Crew:

Rendal Anthony Fenwick Scrivener; Flying Officer; age 20; R.A.F.V.R.

Thomas Roy Clayton; Flight Sergeant/Air Gunner; age 23; R.A.F.

Henry Mitchell Peckett; Flight Sergeant/Air Bomber; age 20; R.A.F.V.R.

Frederick Charles Searle; Sergeant/Wireless Operator/Air Gunner; age 21; R.A.F.V.R.

Norman Alfred Smith; Flying Officer/Navigator; age 26; R.A.F.V.R.

James Kenneth Morey; Flight Sergeant/Air Gunner; age 22; R.C.A.F.

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