Linthorpe Cemetery WWII Stories

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Decorated Flying Ace shot down and killed - In loving remembrance of William Lyall Morton died August 17th 1929 aged 81 years. Also his wife Mary died January 24th 1941 aged 88 years. Also Gertrude Elizabeth Morton their daughter died December 26th 1944 aged 53 years. Also Flt. Sgt George Morton Mason, R.A.F.V.R. D.F.M. lost on air operations over Germany April 17th /18th 1942 aged 25 years. In loving remembrance of Margaret Anne eldest daughter, and wife of Lewis Robert Weelburn died May 27th 1936 aged 58 years. Also Joyce Eva their daughter died April 9th 1946 aged 36 years. Also Nora Morton, daughter, died March 22nd 1950 aged 60 years. William Lyall son of the above killed in action June 7th 1917.
Flight Sergeant (Observer). George Morton Mason. Service Number 747907. Died 18th April 1942. Aged 24. 101 Sqdn. RAFVR (Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve). Distinguished Flying Medal. Son of George Mason, and of Eleanor Mason, of Eaglescliffe, Co. Durham. “One night in October, 1941, this airman was the navigator of an aircraft which was detailed to attack Bremen. Weather conditions were extremely unfavourable making it impossible to accomplish the original mission but Sergeant Mason skilfully directed his pilot to an alternative target. In spite of intense anti-aircraft opposition, bombs were dropped over the target area and very large fires were seen by the crews of other aircraft. Sergeant Mason has completed 50 sorties, including both day and night attacks against important enemy targets. He is an exceptionally good observer, whose courage and determination have set an excellent example." – Traces of War
Wellington III X3655 of 101 Squadron had taken off at 23.45 pm on 17th April 1942 from Bourn. It was shot down by flak and it crashed at 03.56 am on the morning of 18th April 1942 at Lubeck- Taterborn it was crewed by
120714 Pilot Officer Edwin Arthur House Pilot- Buried Hamburg Cemetery 9A. C. 4.
1202228 Sergeant R. V. Simpson survived the crash imprisoned PoW Stalag 357 Kopernikus. PoW Number 90.
747907 Flight Sergeant George Morton Mason D.F.M. (Distinguished Flying Medal) – Observer – Buried Hamburg Cemetery 9A. C. 1.
915231 Sergeant William Ernest Davies – Wireless Operator buried Hamburg Cemetery 9A. C. 2.
R/73086 Flight Sergeant Lloyd Edward Willigar Royal Canadian Air force (R.C.A.F.) Wireless Operator – Buried Hamburg Cemetery 9A. C. 3.
1057327 Sgt L Sykes survived the crash imprisoned PoW Stalag Luft 6 Heydekrug. PoW Number 182.
All of the crew who died were originally buried in Bad Segeberg Cemetery and re-buried in Hamburg Ohlsdorf War Cemetery on 5th September 1947.
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