St Martin sur Oreuse
The memorial is dedicated to the crew of JB 701, a Lancaster of 49 squadron which was shot down over northern France on July 29 1944, after a bombing operation on Stuttgart, Germany.
All of the crew perished when the plane came down between the villages of St Martin sur Oreuse and La Chapelle sur Oreuse, in the French department of l’Yonne, northern France. The pilot, Flight Lieutenant William Leonard Powell managed to avoid civilian casualties, by bringing the plane down at the side of the road connecting the two villages.
The remains of the crew were laid to rest in the cemetery at St Martin sur Oreuse, where their graves are now cared for by local people and maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. The memorial was inaugurated on the 31st July 2004, just two days after the 60th anniversary of the crash.
F/L W.L. Powell Pilot (Killed)
Sgt J.F. West F/E (Killed)
F/O G.E. Franklin NAV (Killed)
F/S D.C. Stephens W/OP (Killed)
Sgt G.E. Kirkpatrick A/G (Killed)
F/O A.S. Cole B/A (Killed)
Sgt T. Moore A/G (Killed)