Type: Short Stirling

Part: 570 Squadron RAF

Crash date: 18th September 1944 

Crash location: Lakemondsestraat, Opheusden 

Commander: P/O C.W. Culling 

Occupants: 4

​This aircraft, number LK-121, took off from Harwell’s RAF airport on 18th September 1944. On board were a British-Canadian-Australian crew. P/O pilot Charles Culling, F/S bombardier Henry Browne, F/S gunner Edward Pope and sergeant flight engineer Vincent Williams from the RAF, P/O navigator John Baker and corporal John Coleman from the RCAF and P/O George Bell from the RAAF.

​It was on its way to Arnhem with a Horse glider - with soldiers from the 6080 Light Warning Unit on board - on tow, when it was hit by German anti-aircraft fire near the port of Tiel. It burned and crashed in an orchard near Opheusden at around 14:30 hours, near the family Van Druten’s farm. Bystanders saw a crew member fall out of the aircraft just before the moment of impact. The orchard was instantly ablaze. 

​The crew was buried at the General Cemetery in Heteren.

​You can find more details about this crash here.

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A Stirling IV with a glider on tow takes to the air.

The wreckage of the Stirling was actually found some 20 years later.

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The crash site of the Short Stirling Mk. IV, to the west of the Lakemondsestraat-Achterstraat corner. Coordinates: 5680-7360.

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Memorial plaque for pilot Culling and his crew in the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas, Staffordshire.