Personnel Index - Detail

Name
NIGHTINGALE
First Names
Linton Henry
Rank
Sgt
Service
RAF
Service Number
1386933
Crew Position
Wireless operator/Air Gunner
Age
22
Date of Death
22/03/1944
Cemetery

 

Photographed by Malcolm Brooke
 

Photograph courtesy of Ashley Hales

A picture of Linton Nightingale taken circa 1930. He is in the centre holding the trophy as they had just won a cricket competition

 

Image courtesy of Ashley Hales

A picture of Linton from the early part of WW2. This is when he was serving as a messenger boy, in the early part of the war, with the London Fire Brigade. He was stationed at Clapham Common Fire Station 86Z.
 

Image courtesy of Ashley Hales
 

A picture taken during aircrew training
 


 



An extract from Linton's service record
 



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The original wooden cross for the grave (only five names as Jack Bennett was buried separately and Peter Velasco managed to parachute out. 
 

November 1943: SEASIDE SORTIE:

F/O Don Turner (JB229) and crew were returning over the North Sea on track, with 1,000ft showing on the altimeter. The conditions were misty, so the pilot decided to let down a little in order to determine landfall. Just as he did the Lancaster suddenly struck the sea and then moments later it was careering up a beach towards sand dunes. A startled but intact crew clambered out into waist high freezing sea water! S-Sugar had in fact come ashore at Chapel-St-Leonards on the Lincolnshire coast 5 miles north of Skegness. The freezing cold crew found much to their displeasure, that the Lincolnshire seaside, whilst perhaps popular with pre-war summertime holiday makers, was not so alluring in the middle of November 1943. The crew spent the next few days recovering in Scampton sick bay.

Pilot........F/O D G Turner
F/E..........Sgt J Finlayson
Nav........ Sgt J N Hughes
B/A.........F/O W Pearce
WOp......Sgt L Nightingale
MUG......Sgt T D Horne
RG.........Sgt J N E Bennett

Further details of the incident are recored in May Hill's WW2 diary (opens in a new window)


22/23 March, 1944; FRANKFURT:

Frankfurt again, and 49 Squadron managed to get 19 airborne.
The accurate PFF marking and bombing by over 800 aircraft ensured that Frankfurt suffered yet another heavy blow. Diversions had confused the Germans, who at first forecast Hannover as the target, but a few night-fighters did manage to find the bomber stream and 26 Lancasters and 7 Halifaxes failed to return.
Again Fiskerton had suffered losses when two crews were posted missing; F/O Donald Turner (survivor of Chapel-St-Leonards beach crash Nov 43) and crew (except Sgt Velasco A/G who became a PoW) were sadly all killed.
 

Lancaster ND672 (EA-U)
F/O D.G. Turner Pilot (Killed)
Sgt E. Lee F/E (Killed)
F/S S.J. Upton NAV (Killed)
Sgt L.H. Nightingale W/AG (Killed)
Sgt P. Velasco A/G (P.o.W.)
F/O W. Pearce A/B (Killed)
F/S J.N.E. Bennett RCAF A/G (Killed)

Crew on their 4th operation
 

This document (which opens in a new window) is a postwar letter from Sgt Velasco to the brother of Sgt Linton Nightingale and is reproduced by kind permission of Ashley Hales who is Sgt Nightingale's nephew.

A letter from the Air Historical Branch to the brother of Linton Nightingale
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