La Chapelle Thecle Memorial
On the night of 24/25th April 1944 Lancaster LM359 of 61 Squadron took of from RAF Skellingthorpe on an operation to Munich.
The aircraft came down on a farm near La Chappelle Thecle, near Louhan, France.
The crew were:
Pilot Pilot Officer C W J Newman.
Flt Engineer Sergeant R C H Jones.
Navigator Sergeant R A Taylor
Air Gunner Flying Officer E R Alston
Bomb Aimer Flight Sergeant EJ Outram.
Air Gunner Sergeant R C Gardner.
W/Operator Sergeant C Ratner
The wireless operator, Sgt. C Ratner was the only survivor.
In 1949 the Village of La Chappelle Thecle erected a Memorial on the site of the crash in Memory of the lost crew. In recent years the widow of Sgt. R C H Jones, Betty Bascombe has visited the village and a memorial service is held every year by the locals.