Image from 26th January 1945 Evening Star newspaper.

Born: 1925, Ipswich.

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

Residence: 62, Alan Road, Ipswich.


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

Regiment: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.


Funeral service at Alan Road Chapel, Ipswich.

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 a member of the Air Training Corps, 188 Ipswich Squadron, and had been a messenger with the N.F.S.



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.



Killed in Flying Accident

26th January 1945 Evening Star newspaper.

The funeral of William Frank Porter, aged 19, of 62, Alan Road, Ipswich, took place at Ipswich. Youngest son of Mrs. P.G. Banks, and grandson of Mr. And Mrs. W.E. Porter, of the Post Office, Kirton. He was a Sergeant (Flight Engineer) in the R.A.F., and was killed in a flying accident. He was a former member of the A.T.C. (188) Squadron, and had been a messenger with the N.F.S.

The Rev. C.W. Armstrong conducted the service at Alan Road Chapel, and at the interment at Ipswich Cemetery. The hymns sung were “When I survey the wondrous Cross” and “Through all the changing scenes of Life.” Flight-Lieut. C. Farrow was at the organ. Among the mourners present were: Mr. and Mrs. P.G. Banks, L.-A.-C.W. M.D. Porter (sister), Sergt. R.E. Porter (brother), Mr. and Mrs. J. Porter (uncle and aunt), Mrs. E. Bugg (aunt), Mr. and Mrs. R. McColl (uncle and aunt), Miss D. Clarke (aunt), Miss B. McColl (cousin), Mr. and Mrs. F. Clarke (uncle and aunt), Mrs. A.R. Banks, Miss E. Pallant, and many friends. Sergt. Stephen and Sergt. Rav. Winkworth represented the R.A.F. Funeral arrangements were carried out by the Ipswich Co-operative Society, under the supervision of Mr. Allen.


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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