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18 June 2018

A brave airman

A survivor of a wartime Stanhoe plane crash has died.

Sergeant Ivor Prothero, who escaped from a burning aircraft with the help of the late Charlie Seaman, died on 22 May aged 95.

The news comes from Sgt Prothero’s son-in-law John Lister. “He enjoyed a long and happy life, with thanks to the help given to him by Charlie Seaman,” Mr Lister reports.

Ivor and Beryl Prothero with Charlie Seaman and Margaret and Mick Ayres

A photo from 1996 at a reunion to commemorate the crash:
(l-r) Margaret Ayres, Mick Ayres, Charlie Seaman with his medal, Ivor Prothero, Beryl Prothero

Sgt Prothero was the rear gunner in a Wellington bomber that crashed behind Stanhoe Hall in the early hours of 12 June 1943. Seriously burned, he was one of the three crew members who escaped; the other two were killed. Air Raid Precautions (ARP) warden Charlie Seaman received the Imperial Service Medal for his part in the incident.

You can find more details of the crash here.

Posted by: Charles
Posted on: 18 June 2018

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