World War II
William MacMorland

The inscription reads
SARAH PHILIP BELOVED WIFE OF JAMES MACMORLAND WHO DIED SEPTEMBER 22ND 1934 AGED 49 YEARS. Also of SERGT WILLIAM C. MACMORELAND R.A.F.V.R. KILLED ON ACTION 9TH OCT 1940, AGED 23 INTERED AT TOPCLIFFE YORKS. AND OF JAMES MACMORLAND DEARLY LOVED HUSBAND OF MARY ARMOUR. DIED 21ST JUNE 1941.
AGED 55.

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The Whitley Bomber
2 pilots, 2 wireless/air gunners, 1 observer
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Whitley V, P5091 KN 'Y', took off from RAF Topcliffe in the late evening of 8 October 1940, to attack a target at Hanau. The crew were - Sergeant George William Brown, Pilot. Midshipman David Arthur Charles Hadingham RN, Second Pilot. Sergeant William Goodall MacMorland, Observer. Sergeant Joseph Reginald Wardman, Wireless Operator-Air Gunner. Sergeant Cleveland Cottam, Wireless Operator - Air Gunner. Mission completed they were returning to base and as they made their descent, in poor weather, the aircraft hit some trees on high ground and crashed 1 mile West of SNAPE, Yorkshire. The aircraft crashed at 0335 hours. 9.10.40. All were killed.
Brown lies in Grave S.17.51 in the Seaton Hirst (St John) Churchyard at Ashington. Northumberland. Wardman in Grave 1224 in the Hull Western Cemetery, Kingston upon Hull, Yorkshire. Cottam and MacMorland lie in Graves 1 and 2 respectively in the Topcliffe Church Cemetery. Hadingham lies in Grave 4289 in the Sanderstead (All Saints) Churchyard extension, Coulston and Purley, Surrey. Hadingham was seconded to the Squadron for operational experience from HMS Daedalus, as were two other who were also killed on operations. Brown was 23 years of age. Wardman 27. Cottam, 19. MacMorland, 23 and Hadingham, 19. KN were the Sqn code and the Y the aircraft code.
William was the son of Janes and Sarah Macmorland.
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