Died non Battle
Jay Marvin Sink is buried at Memorial Park Cemetery, Salisbury, Rowan County, North Carolina.
Born in Rowan County, NC
Enlisted in the Army Air Corps on February 9, 1942, in Fort Oglethorpe, GA
Parents: Jay Marvin Sink and Hattie L. Miller Sink
Killed in a plane crash in Canewdon, Essex, England, on September 24, 1944
Casualty of WWII, First Lieutenant Sink was a Navigator in USAAF 573rd Squadron, Service No. 0733236. The following is an account of the crash in which he was killed. It is believed that his remains were repatriated to the USA.
A United States Army Air Force wartime Martin Marauder B26 aircraft crashed in Ashingdon in the fields to the north of Canewdon Road during the Second World War on 24th September 1944. The aircraft was flying from Amy Aerodrome near Roye in France in very bad weather to their home base at Matching Green, Essex. The crew of 5 men died in the crash and a monument was erected in the field near the crash-site. The weather had been atrocious and their previous day’s mission to Dueren, Germany, had to be cancelled due to bad weather so they landed in France. Probably, they should not have set off that day. The very high winds, poor visibility and torrential rain meant that they made slower progress and lost bearings and as a result ran out of fuel, as did the other two crashed aircraft. The heavy rain meant the fields must have been covered in rain water. That is why it is believed that the airmen thought they were landing onto water because all five airmen had removed their boots before the crash, as per normal instructions for landing on water.
The five USAAF airmen who died in the village on 24th September 1944 were:
Second Lieutenant Jack T. Hanlon, 0672084, Pilot, 572nd Squadron, First Lieutenant Jay M. Sink Jr, 0733236, Navigator, 573rd Squadron
Staff Sergeant William L. McCarty, 37196353, Flight Engineer, 572nd Squadron Corporal Gerald F Smith, 37245841, Radio Operator Gunner, 572nd Squadron Sergeant Frank Bothel, 13048052, Armorer Gunner, 572nd Squadron
The aircraft was a Martin B26 Marauder medium bomber, 42-96102, T6-X, Lilly Commando, 573rd Squadron.
A new memorial in the village of Ashingdon where Jay died has been erected but it is in the Scouts Hall and not always open to the public. A portion of this text used by permission by Glen Dryhurst and Geoffrey Gillon.