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    Default McMullen Rd, Darlington

    For many years I worked in this street, which is the last street on the east side of town and nearest to Middleton St George.

    I was told the street was named after a Canadian airman who stayed at the controls of his aircraft and was killed rather than risk the airplane crashing into the town.

    Can anyone tell me more about this

    Brian

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    Name: McMULLEN, WILLIAM STUART
    Initials: W S
    Nationality: Canadian
    Rank: Pilot Officer (Pilot)
    Regiment/Service: Royal Canadian Air Force
    Unit Text: 428 Sqdn.
    Age: 33
    Date of Death: 13/01/1945
    Service No: J/90038
    Additional information: Son of James Henry and Ettie McMullen; husband of Thelma McMullen, of Lulu Island, British Columbia, Canada.
    Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Sec. H. Row E. Grave 5.
    Cemetery: HARROGATE (STONEFALL) CEMETERY

    and a newspaper article about him:

    http://archive.thisisthenortheast.co.uk/2005/1/13/26438.html

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    Default Pilot Officer W. S. McMullen

    Brian

    A statue in memory of P.O. McMullen was purchased by public subsciption and is erected at his former base of Middleton St. George now named Durham Tees Valley Airport.

    Walter

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    hello Walter,

    I've seen a statue at Middleton St George, in front of the hotel (the former officers mess). I thought it represented Andy Mynarski, especially as there's an information panel one meter from the statue, about this VC holder.

    Am I confusing or is there two statues ? Or the information panel of the northern Echo is misleading ?

    There's also a stone memorial, dedicated to F/O Robbie Robson, DFC, 428 Squadron 1943-44.

    Joss

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    There's a pic of the statue (page 7) and that states it is Mynarski, and that McMullen has the road named after him.

    www.tourismnortheast.co.uk/downloads/1001greatthings_lowres.pdf

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    Default McMullen Road, Darlington

    Whoops- stupid me!! Sorry Brian, Amrit, Joss and everyone I must get my brain checked.

    Walter

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    I believe there was an article about this incident in a recent FlyPast.

    Malcolm

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    I have received a private email, that informs me that PO McMullen was flying a Lancaster on a training flight when the port inner engine caught fire. All the other members of crew baled out successfully before the airplane crashed

    Thanks everyone
    Brian

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