At 12.15a.m. On June 2nd 1944 a heavy freight train left whitemoor marsalling yard, near march in Cambridgeshire. The train comprised WD Austerity 2-8-0 engine number W.D 7337,51 wagons and brake van heading for Ipswich. The cargo on the train consisted of 44 wagons contained a total weight of 400 tons of bombs and a further 7 wagons containing other components e. g. tail fins. On board was 22 year old fireman James Nightall.