Born: 1925, Ipswich.

Died: 16th January 1945; age: 19; aircraft accident.

Residence: 364, Norwich Road, Ipswich.


Rank: Sergeant/ Flight Engineer; Service Number: 3006161.

Regiment: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.


Grave Reference:


Ipswich Old Cemetery,



Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Frank Edward & Gertrude M. Porter, of Ipswich.


Father: Frank Edward Porter, born 1901, Walton, Suffolk, died 6th June 1930, at 181, Rosehill Road, Ipswich.

Mother: Gertrude Minnie Porter (nee Clarke), born August 1898, Ipswich.

On Christmas Day, 1932, Ipswich, Gertrude married Percy Gordon Banks, born January 1909, Folkestone, Kent.



William was attending school. He was living with his mother, step father, sister & step sister at their family home – 364, Norwich Road, Ipswich.

Percy, a Radio Engineer.

Gertrude, unpaid Domestic Duties.

Marie D. Porter, born 1923, Ipswich.

Sheila Joan Banks, at school, born March 1933, Ipswich.


16th January 1945

Aircraft – Lancaster III, Serial number: DV161; Unit: 1653 Heavy Conversion Unit; Operation: Training, take off & landings. The aircraft had performed two successful take offs and landings from North Luffenham, Rutland. At 23.03 the aircraft took off for the third time to practice circuit flying. The aircraft failed to gain height and crashed after 2 minutes at farmland, Morcott, 2 miles from the airfield. George Longman & George Maycock were both thrown clear of the burnt out aircraft and were taken to RAF Hospital at Ely, Cambridgeshire with serious injuries.

The engines were later examined by Rolls Royce Engineers who found no obvious reasons for failure.


Norman David Pattinson; Flight Sergeant/Pilot (pupil); age 20; R.A.A.F.

Stanley William Goodman; Flight Officer/Co-Pilot (instructor); age: 22; R.A.F.V.R.

William Rous Mallory; Sergeant/Navigator; age: 20; R.A.F.V.R.

John Paynter King; Sergeant/Air Bomber; age: 23; R.A.F.V.R.

William Arthur Marritt D.F.M.; Pilot Officer/Flight Engineer (instructor); age: 23; R.A.F.V.R.

George Leonard Longman; Sergeant/Air Gunner (middle upper); age: 22; R.A.F.V.R. Injured.

George Leonard Maycock; Sergeant/Air Gunner (rear); R.A.F.V.R. Injured.



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