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.
Residence: 27, Cecil Road, Ipswich.
Rank: Wireless Operator/Air Gunner; Service Number: 620004.
Regiment: Royal Air Force, 217 Squadron.
Collective Grave 1-2.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of William Alexander & Elizabeth Hilda Plant, of Ipswich.
Father: William Alexander Plant, born October 1886, Heston, Middlesex.
Mother: Elizabeth Hilda Plant (nee Mallitt), born February 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.
A family note:
“I have today visited the communal grave of my uncle William Sidney PLANT and paid my respects. My mother William’s sister Dorothy Hilda, always spoke of wanting to visit her brother’s resting place but did not achieve this in her lifetime. Hopefully, I will also have made her happy. R.I.P. Uncle William, I heard so much about you but never had the pleasure of meeting you.”
Trevor Gibbs 27/02/2018