Appeal to trace family of crew of Lancaster which crashed in Bicker in Second World War


An appeal has been launched by the Mayor of Boston to locate relatives of the brave crew of a Lancaster who perished during the war when it crashed at Bicker.

A memorial marks the spot on farmland where Lancaster ND820 ploughed into the ground on April 10, 1944. The crew of seven from the newly-formed Pathfinders 635 Squadron had been on a training flight from RAF Downham Market in Norfolk.

The bodies of six of the crew – Flight Sergeants D.J. Farrant, J.B. Bannan and A.I.G. Hunter, Sergeants RHF Malthouse and J.W. Nixon and Warrant Officer RT Lord, – were never recovered and their names are commemorated on the Runnymead Memorial to the Missing. The seventh man, Flying Officer TF Wilson was buried in Stonefall Cemetery in Harrogate.

Coun Kenny wants to trace as many of the crew’s relatives as possible so they can be invited to attend a memorial service on Saturday, April 5, to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the crash.

He said: “We know of only one of the families intending to be there on the 70th anniversary. It would be really good if more of the crew’s families could be represented.

“It is sadly poignant to attend the memorial site and realise that six of the crew are still out there in the fields.”

In 2009 the widow of F/Sgt Bannan attended a memorial service at the site aged 90. Her husband was just 24 at the time of his death.

The memorial was built by volunteers from the Lincolnshire Aircraft Recovery Group in 2004.

Relatives of the crew, or anyone who has information about them, can contact the memorial organiser, Stanley Naylor, phone 01205 722594 or email