Memorial stone to tragic crew heading to town

Douglas Lindsay (left), a member of 37 Squadron, at RAF Feltwell, where the squadron was based.
Douglas Lindsay (left), a member of 37 Squadron, at RAF Feltwell, where the squadron was based.

The family of a former Pocklington School pupil who died during World War Two when his aircraft was shot down over Germany are paying a visit to Pocklington tomorrow (26 May).

Douglas Lindsay’s family, along with relatives of all the five crew members who died on board the Wellington bomber, are installing a memorial at Jever Airfield in June. The Wellington crashed in a forest near the town of Jever on 7 July 1940 during a bombing mission to Bremen.

Before going to Germany, the stone will tour the country around locations connected with the members of the crew, including Pocklington tomorrow. The family of Old Pocklingtonian Douglas, who was the pilot of the Wellington, will be visiting Pocklington School and Pocklington Prep School during their visit.

Last Sunday a short memorial service was held in Edinburgh Castle where Douglas’s name is inscribed in the Roll of Honour. This was the first occasion that family members of the five Wellington crew had met for the first time

Douglas Lindsay was a keen rugby player who gained his 1st XV colours and had a trial for Durham schoolboys despite being described as “a slow back-row forward who is a good tackler, falls well and backs up, but suffers through lack of speed.” He also acted in school plays.