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#Name* (↑)First NamesTitleRankRAF Equivalent RankService No.BornNationalityRoleAwardsAir Force (↑)Command (↑)Unit (↑)DateofIncident *See Note (↑)Aircraft (↑)TypeSerialCodeVictories (Fighters)BaseTimeMission                        Incident                        FateCommemoratedPhoto (Click to Expand)Referring DatabaseLinks/Archive Reports                        Notes                        
201 BroodbankRonald ArthurSergeant405256AustraliaRAAF23 OTU RAF1942-05-31RAAF Honour Roll
202 Brooke-TaylorRexLACNZ/439002Age 25New ZealandPilotRNZAFBomber Command3 Service Flying Training School1940-12.30OxfordIR6226None issuedRNZAF Ohakea, New Zealand745Training See archive report for further details KilledWellington Cemetery (Karori) Grave 21. A/3. (S)
courtesy courtesy Auckland Cenotaph
Read Archive Report
203 BrookerGordon RoyFlying Officer407040AustralianObserverRAAFBomber Command139 Sqn (Jamaica)
1943-11-24MosquitoIVDZ614XD:Wyton19:10BerlinHit by flak at 20,000 ft and crashed at Borkheide, 8 km NE of Brück.KilledInitially buried at Borkheide on 26th November. Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery 9.F.28Son of Arthur John and Ina Brooker, of Seaton Park, South Australia
204 BrooksAlfredPilot OfficerJ/19860Air GunnerRCAFBomber Command426 Sqd RCAF
1944-01-27LancasterIIDS775OW-WLinton on Ouse1803BerlinSee Archive report for detailsKilledBerlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery Grave Ref 9.C.1 Paradie Archive Database
205 BrooksJohn PhilipPilot OfficerJ/87931Age 22CanadaNavigatorRCAFBomber Command426 Sqd RCAF
1944-03-15LancasterIIDS771OW-P RAF Linton-on-Ouse, North Yorkshire 1906Stuttgart See archive report for further details KilledDurnbach War Cemetery. Grave 4.F.11.
Paradie Archive Database Read Archive Report
206 BrophyGeorge PatrickFlying OfficerRCAFBomber Command419 Sqd RCAF
1944-06-12LancasterXKB726VR-A RAF Middleton St. George, County Durham 2144CambraiShot down by night fighter piloted by Friedrich Thörl - Crashed at Gaudiempre EvaderNone Paradie Archive DatabaseRead Archive Report

207 BrothertonLeslie ArthurSergeant1576786Air Gunner (Mid Upper)RAFVRBomber Command10 Sqn
1944-06-09HalifaxIIIMZ532ZA:ZMelbourne00:21LavalCrashed at St-Berthevin {Mayenne}Killed Age 24Laval (Valfleury) Communal Cemetery, E. Sub-Sec. D. Row 1. Grave 42937.
During the night of June 9 to 10, 1944, fourteen airmen of the Royal Air Force died on mission in Entrammes and Saint-Berthevin. Two stelae will be erected in honor of these allied fighters.

The story translated from French ( June 1944. Entrammes aerodrome was at the heart of the fighting from the first days of the D-Day landings. On the night of the 9th to the 10th, 10 Squadron of the Royal Air Force Bomber Command, whose motto is Rem Acu Tangere ("I hit the target") is assigned to carry out a mission. Having left Melbourne in Yorkshire, England, he had to bomb Laval aerodrome. Two German squadrons of Focke-Wulf Fw 190 fighter bombers are stationed there.
It's 00:15 hrs “It's still a full moon. It offers excellent visibility on the objective, ”specifies Honorary Battalion Commander Jean-Louis Cholet, President of the Laval Committee for French Remembrance. A wave of 25 bombers is about to release their bombs. Arriving on a NW axis, even before the attack, one of the aircraft fell victim to German flak. MZ532, a four-engine Handley Page Halifax III, was hit at Saint-Berthevin (on the site of the current La Girandière residence) by a flak post. The bomber drops its bombs near the wood of L'Huisserie (near the current agricultural school) before crashing in flames at Le Pont-Alain, in Saint-Berthevin.

It is 00:21 hrs. On board seven men: an Australian, the pilot, and six Britons are killed. “They didn't have time to jump. They crashed in 20 to 30 seconds. The bodies of the navigator Henderson and the machine-gunner Wicks, horribly mutilated, were buried in the same coffin, continues Jean-Luc Peslier, president of the Mayenne friendly of the Air Force. Since the target is not large, we can assume that the attack took place at medium altitude. This could explain why the crew could not jump before the crash.

"The other 24 bombers continued their mission. They hit the airfield which becomes a building site. In the attack, a second Halifax, MZ 684, was hit by the German defence. It is 00:30 hrs. “It descends at the southern exit of the village of Entrammes in a field behind the farm Les Poiriers. The crew, five British and two Canadians, are wiped out. “Their bodies were collected by local farmers under duress from the Germans who did not want to disperse. Only the bodies of the pilot and the mechanic were identifiable. The fourteen airmen of the Royal Air Force have since rested in the Vaufleury cemetery.

208 BrownHarry Arthur BulgerFlying Officer43452517th January 1917 in Blenheim, New ZealandNew ZealanderAir Gunner (Mid Upper)RAAFBomber Command166 Sqn
1944-06-12LancasterIME777AS:K2Kirmington22:16GelsenkirchenClaim by Hptm Joachim Böhner Stab I./NJG6 - 20km South of Deelen: 2,000m at 01:22. (Nachtjagd Combat Archive (12 May 1944 - 23 July 1944) Part 3 - Theo Boiten). Crashed near Zelhem 6km North East of Doetinchem.KilledZelham General Cemetery Plot E Row 2 Grave 6
Son of Bernard Thomas Brown and Isabel Brown, of Blenheim, New Zealand.
209 BrownArthur EdwardPilot Officer170737PilotRAFVRBomber Command166 Sqd
1943-12-16LancasterIIIJB639AS-SRAF Kirmington, Lincolnshire1620BerlinCrashed at Little Walk Farm, Thornton Curtis, Lincolnshire on returnKilledIpswich Old Cemetery. Sec. C. Div. 31. Grave 67 Read Archive Report
210 BrownArthurFlying OfficerJ/9906Air/BmrRCAFBomber Command420 Sqd1943-08-15WellingtonB.XHE524PT-?Kairouan/ Zina TunisiaPizzo and Lamezia, Italy See archive report for further details Missing - believed killedMalta Memorial. Panel 10. Column 1Paradie Archive Database Read Archive Report
211 BrownDonald ArthurFlying Officer133716Age 24UKNavigatorRAFVRBomber Command90 Sqd
1943-11-18StirlingIIILK379WP-FRAF Tuddenham, Suffolk1718MannheimSee archive report for further detailsMissing - believed killedRunnymede Memorial. Panel 123Son of Frank William and Annie Margaret Brown, of Silsoe, Bedfordshire, England.
212 BrownArthur Hugh SteyningPilot Officer4048678 May 1915, Maryborough, QLD, AustraliaAustralianPilotRAAFCoastal Command51 Sqn
1942-10-16WhitneyVZ9153Chivenor846Anti-submarine patrolClaimed by Lt Meister of 13./KG40 in pos. PLQ 14W/0817 at 1614hrs crashed Bay of BiscayKilledRunnymede Memorial Panel 111 Son of Frank Henry and Maude Eleanor Brown, of Maryborough, Queensland, Australia
213 BrownArthur William CharlesLeading Aircraftman19239AustraliaRAAF1 Sqd RAAF
1942-12-29RAAF Honour Roll
214 BrownHarry Arthur BulgerFlying Officer434525AustraliaRAAF166 Sqd RAF
1944-06-13RAAF Honour Roll
215 BrownKelvin Arthur RoyFlying Officer426804AustraliaRAAF24 Sqd RAAF
1945-04-06RAAF Honour Roll
216 BrownSidney ArthurFlight Sergeant437400AustraliaRAAF463 Sqd RAAF
1945-01-05RAAF Honour Roll
217 BrownArthur Hugh SteyningPilot Officer404867AustraliaRAAF51 Sqd RAF
1942-10-16RAAF Honour Roll
218 BrowneJames Arthur GeraldSergeant40484931 Dec 1917, Brisbane, QLD, AustraliaAustralianWireless Operator/Air GunnerRAAFBomber Command49 Sqd
1943-01-30LancasterIIIED428EA-Fiskerton226HamburgHit by flak and on return crashed at 0715 hours, after colliding with trees at Reepham Crossing, 2 miles ENE of Lincoln of Lincoln. Five of those that died are buried in Scampton (St. John the Baptist) Churchyard, while Sgt. Wood is interred at Manor Park cemetery, East HamKilledScampton (St. John The Baptist) Churchyard, New Part. Grave 25Son of Francis Atkins Browne and Olive Eglantine Shuckburgh Browne, of Roma, Queensland, Australia; husband of Marjorie Sylvia Browne, of Southgate, Middlesex, England

Service Record available on-line
219 BrowneJames Arthur GeraldSergeant404849AustraliaRAAF49 Sqd RAF
1943-01-31RAAF Honour Roll
220 BrownellJ FFlying OfficerJ40341Probably CanadianAir BomberRCAFBomber Command425 Sqd RCAF
1945-03-05Halifax IIIMZ454KW-SRAF Tholthorpe, Yorkshire1640ChemnitzSee archive report for detailsBaled out - survived None - thought to have survived the war Paradie Archive Database Read Archive Report
221 BryanEricFlight Sergeant655790NavigatorRAFVRBomber Command76 Sqd
1944-06-02HalifaxIIILK783MP-CHolme on Spalding Moor2241TrappesCrashed Treon {Eure-et-Loir}KilledDreux Communal Cemetery. Row 1. Grave 5Archive Report
222 BryantCyril ArthurSergeant Air Bomber590534RAFBomber Command9 Sqd
1939-10-30WellingtonIL4288WS-ARAF Honington, SuffolkTrainingSee archive report for full detailsKilledBillingborough St Andrew Churchyard Read Archive Report
223 BryantDonald JohnFlying Officer152776NavigatorRAFVRBomber Command78 Sqn
1944-06-07HalifaxIIIMZ636EY:TRAF Breighton, Yorkshire22:59JuvisySee Archive report for detailsKilledBretigny-Sur-Orge Communal Cemetery. Collective grave 2
224 BucklandArthur KeithFlying Officer7010AustraliaRAAF2 Sqd RAAF
1944-08-19RAAF Honour Roll
225 BuckmanJohn ArthurFlight Sergeant422401AustraliaRAAF70 Sqd RAF
1943-11-22RAAF Honour Roll
226 BullAlex D.W.Flying OfficerJ/23233Age 20CanadaAir BomberRCAFBomber Command625 Sqd
1944-03-24LancasterIME684CF-VRAF Kelstern, Lincolnshire1843Berlin See archive report for further details PoW No: 4153 Camp: Stalag Luft Sagan and BelariaNone - survived Paradie Archive Database Read Archive Report
227 BulpittArthur NormanFlying Officer116940PilotRAFVRBomber Command139 Sqn (Jamaica)
1943-03-03MosquitoIVDZ463ZD-Marham12:00KnabenTarget was a molybdenum mine. Was intercepted hombound by Fw-190s an shot down off the Norwegian coast.KilledEgersund (or Ekersund) Churchyard A.6.1
Son of Charles Frederick and Celia Ruth Bulpitt, of Orpington, Kent
228 BunceRonald Seward Sergeant9061901919Air GunnerRAFVRBomber Command9 Sqd
1941-06-09WellingtonIcT2620WS-GHonington1536Reconnaissance Intercepted NE of Calais by Bf-190s and shot down into the sea of Zeebrugge, BelgiumKilledRunnymede Memorial, Panel 40. Archive Report

Son of Arthur and Daisy Bunce. Husband of Barbara Britton Bunce of Boscombe, Hampshire
229 BunneyNorman ASergeant373575961924AmericanTail GunnerUS Army Air Force8th Air Force358th Bomber Squadron (303rd Bombardment Group (H))1944-08-15B-17 Bad pennyG42-31183VK-YMolesworth (Station #107), Cambridgeshire, EnglandWiesbaden airfields (Mission #554), GermanySee Archive report for detailsPoW, Stalag Luft 4 Gross-Tychow, Pomerania
230 BuntingMalcolmFlight Sergeant544647Age ?Air GunnerRAFFighter Command418 Sqd RCAF
1942-04-02BostonIIIW8351TH-H2Night Intruder See archive report for further details KilledMontdidier French National Cemetery Grave 5798
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231 Burbridge Bransome Arthur ("Branse")PilotDSO

Fighter Command85 Sqd

21½20 Victories as a night fighter
232 BurchettArthur R 'Bill'Flight LieutenantPilotAFC

RAFBomber Command51 Sqd
1943-12-20HalifaxIIHR948MH-WSnaith1659FrankfurtCrashed near RaunheimKilledDurnbach War CemeteryParticipated in the famous Hamburg ‘firestorm’ raids prior to making the supreme sacrifice on a raid to Frankfurt in December 1943, when his magnificent bravery allowed three of his crew to bale out.

AFC Citation London Gazette 1.1.1944. The immediate award recommendation states: ‘On the night of 30 August 1943, this Officer was Captain of an aircraft which attacked a target at Munchen-Gladbach. On the return flight, while in the neighbourhood of Ossington at about 4000 feet, Flying Officer Burchett’s aircraft was involved in a collision with a Lancaster. Both port propellors were badly damaged, the port fin and rudder knocked off, one propellor of the Lancaster cutting through the top of the fuselage, the flaps rendered unserviceable and the tail turret damaged. The port outer engine was feathered but the port inner engine continued to give some thrust. All three motors were therefore opened up fully and it was found that control could be maintained with full aileron and rudder flying at 180 miles per hour, though losing height. At any less speed the aircraft became uncontrolllable. It was decided to make an emergency landing at Ossington and an approach was made at 185 I.A.S. with wheels down but without flap. In spite of the fact that the aircraft swung uncontrollably as soon as the motors were cut out, and that the runway was only 1400 yards long, the aircraft was successfully landed without further damage. In performing this feat Flying Officer Burchett showed superb skill and courage.’

Damage to Halifax

Commenced his operational tour with 51 Sqd with a sortie to Aachen on the night of 13-14 July 1943. Between then and his death in action in December of the same year, he acted as Captain of Aircraft on 19 missions, the raid on Hamburg on the night of 27-28 July being among the more notable - his aircraft’s entry in the Squadron’s Operational Record Book describes the whole target area as a ‘mass of flames ... the glow from the fires could be seen for close on 200 miles on the way back.’ Burchett and his crew would return there two nights later, and again on the night of 3-4 August, the latter strike marking the end of a concerted effort that resulted in the famous ‘firestorm’ that caused over 40,000 casualties.

Later that month, on a trip to Berlin on the night of 23rd-24th, his Halifax was badly shot up by an enemy night fighter, an incident once more described in the Squadron’s Operational Record Book: ‘Just as the target was approached, an enemy night fighter attacked a Halifax on the starboard side. This Halifax took evasive action and the enemy then turned on our own aircraft. Enemy opened fire at 300 yards, and was replied to by both Gunners, who fired about 200 rounds each. During the attack the Flight Engineer and Rear-Gunner were wounded, and the aircraft sustained damage to the tailplane, rear turret and mainplane, and intercom which became unserviceable. Regardless of this, our Halifax threw off the attacker, who was not seen again, and then went on to bomb the target. The Flight Engineer and Rear-Gunner have been recommended for immediate Distinguished Flying Medals as a result of their devotion to duty in carrying on though wounded.’

It was shortly after this engagement - and an uneventful sortie flown to Nuremburg on the night of 27-28 August - that Burchett won his immediate AFC. The period September to November witnessed raids on Cannes, Frankfurt, Kassel (twice), Mannheim, Munich and Hannover (thrice). Tragically, however, Burchett’s luck ran out in December, on a raid to Frankfurt on the night of the 20th, an incident best described by fellow crew member, Flight Sergeant Brookes: ‘About 30 miles from the target I looked out of the astro dome and I saw another Halifax on the port side above, too close for comfort. I told the skipper and he said “Thanks, Ted,” and moved our aircraft to starboard. Just after this there was an explosion on the starboard side. It sounded like glass bottles bursting and a handful of gravel being thrown on the wing. Arthur called out “Flak” and then checked with each one of us in turn to see that we had not been hit. Then the starboard outer engine burst into flames. We stopped the engine and operated the fire extinguisher button but this had no effect. Then we were hit in the bomb bay and this caught fire, so we jettisoned the bomb load. The Wireless Operator and I were trying to put out the fire when Arthur told Pilot Officer Widdowson [who was a passenger that night] to go because he was in the way. I cannot understand why he did not survive since he went out long before we did. By this time we were coned by the searchlights and there was no way we could continue. The skipper ordered “Abandon” and I was left standing by his side, helping him as best I could. Then he pointed to the port outer engine which had also caught fire and said “Get out, Ted.” The Navigator later said he didn’t know how I made it because we were already at 500 feet when he left. Arthur must have known that when he let go of the control column he wouldn’t have had time to make it to the escape hatch, but he sat there as calmly as if he was driving a bus down the main road. He made the supreme sacrifice for his crew. I wonder how many times this happened over Germany? As I left [to bale out] I looked down towards the rear and I remember seeing red, woolly balls of fire bouncing around inside the fuselage ... as I left the aircraft I could see a long, long trail of fire behind it, like a comet ...’

Mr. and Mrs. Burchett attended an Investiture at Buckingham Palace on 20 February 1945, the former receiving from the King his late son’s AFC It would not be until September 1947, however, that the Air Ministry were in a position to confirm to his parents his last resting place: ‘The aircraft in which he was flying crashed on the bank of the River Main between Raunheim and Russelsheim at about 7.45 p.m. on 20 December 1943, and the four crew members who lost their lives were buried several days later in the cemetery at Raunheim. Individual identification was unhappily impossible and our Officers in Germany have been instructed to have the graves marked collectively with the service particulars of all four crew members ...’
233 BurdettArthur PatrickSquadron Leader78272PilotRAFVRBomber Command76 Sqd
1942-03-30HalifaxIR9453MP-KTain1832TirpitzCrashed 16 miles S of Sumburgh HeadKilled Some details on this report: Read Archive Report
234 BurgessArthur BolwellSergeant402726AustraliaRAAF457 Sqd RAAF
1942-04-04RAAF Honour Roll
235 BurnsAlfred JohnFlight Sergeant42471118 June 1922 in Mascot, NSW, AustraliaAustralianAir GunnerRAAFBomber Command77 Sqn
1944-06-16HalifaxIIIMZ715KN:ZFull Sutton23:26SterkradeProbable claim by Hptm Adolf Breves Stab IV./NJG1 - near Rhenen (JM 14): 4,000m at 01:50. (Nachtjagd Combat Archives 1944 Part 3 - Theo Boiten). Debris was scattered between Ochten (Gelderland) and Dodewaard, two small villages on the North bank of the Waal 18km NW of Nijmegen. The aircraft exploded in the air, throwing WO Owen clear. He spent some time in hospital.KilledDodewaard General Cemetery Joint Grave 316.The bodies of four crew members were discovered close to the wreckage. The four crew members who perished were buried by the Germans with military honours at the cemetery in Uden on 20 June 1944. Two crew members - Air Gunners Flt Sgt Burns and Flt Sgt Tiernan were found under the wreckage a few days later. Transport difficulties prevented their burial in Uden and instead they were buried here in Dodewaard at the Municipal Cemetery on June 24, 1944

Son of Arthur James Burns and Emily Adelaide Burns, of Lidcombe, New South Wales, Australia
236 BurnsW ESergeantBomber Command226 Sqd
1942-08-04BostonIIIAL275MQ-ZSwanton MorleyTrainingTook off from RAF Swanton Morley for RAF Ouston for Operation Dryshod.

The crew was faced with the loss of both of the a/c engines while in the circuit. They remained with the a/c and made a belly landing at Great Whittington at 1940 hours
SurvivedThe names of the other three crew members are not known

Operation Dryshod - This was an Allied amphibious training exercise by elements of what would become Lieutenant General Kenneth Arthur Noel Anderson’s Allied 1st Army in preparation for ‘Torch’ (August 1942)
237 BurrellReginald ArthurSergeant1392530Air/BmrRAFVRBomber Command10 Sqd
1943-07-15HalifaxIIIJD211ZA-YRAF Melbourne, Yorkshire2147Montbeliard See archive report for further details Missing - believed killedRunnymede Memorial. Panel 144 Read Archive Report
238 BurrowsArthur ESergeantW/Op/Air GunnerRAFVRBomber Command7 Sqd
1941-07-14StirlingIN6022MG-DRAF Oakington, Cambridgeshire2300Hannover See archive report for further details Safe - killed later on Stirling I W7433 MG-USee that report Read Archive Report
239 BurtenshawDennis FrederickFlight Sergeant13214861924Bomb AimerRAFVRBomber Command156 Sqd
1944-01-01LancasterIIIJB640GT-VWarboys9BerlinThere were two claims for 4 engined aircraft over Berlin- Ofw. Eduard Ries 2/JG 302 and Ofw. Kurt Welter 5/JG 302. Both flew Fw 190 fitted with FuG 217 radar. (Nachtjagd - War Diaries Vol 1 - Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten)KilledRunnymede Memorial Panel 216The MOD released a statement in April 2016. "We have discovered the identity of some unknown airmen who are buried in communal graves in Berlin War Cemetery. We have unfortunately not been able to pinpoint which crew members are contained within the grave but we do know that they came from Lancaster JB640 (156 Squadron) and Halifax LK709 (77 Squadron). We are now in the process of changing the headstone to reflect that the graves contain the crew members of these two planes. We are planning to hold a re-dedication service on 27 April at 1100 for Lancaster JB640 and 14:00 for Halifax LK709. The re-dedication services will concentrate on commemorating all of the crew members for each aircraft lost during WW2. We have several family members attending, including the widow of one of the pilots. The Defence Attaché will also be present. Wreaths will be laid and our Berlin Branch of the Royal British Legion will be in attendance. (Further information available on request)

Son of Arthur F. and Florence Burtenshaw; husband of Bridget A. Burtenshaw, of Morden, Surrey. Native of Australia
240 ButlerArthur CecilSergeant1836613Flight EngineerRAFVRBomber Command138 Sqd (Special)
1944-12-02StirlingIVLK143NF-BRAF Tempsford, Bedfordshire35SOE See Archive report for further details Missing - believed killedRunnymede Memorial. Panel 226 Read Archive Report
241 ButlerWilliam ValentineWarrant Officer1318348Age 28PilotRAFVRBomber Command166 Sqd
1944-01-14LancasterIIIEE137AS-C2RAF Kirmington, Lincolnshire1629BraunschweigSee archive report for further brief detailsKilledHanover War Cemetery, Lower Saxony, Germany. Grave Reference. 16. J. 3
Son of William Arthur Butler and of Lucy Ayling Butler of Copnor, Portsmouth, Hampshire. William is remembered on the War Memorial panel in the old Northern Grammar School, Portsmouth (now Mayfield School)
242 ButlerVictor John ArthurSergeant567473RAFBomber Command97 Sqd
1942-08-24LancasterIR5537OF-BWoodhall Spa2310Frankfurt Shot down by nightfighter of Hptm. Kurt Loos. Crashed Westmalle Belgium Killed Age 24Westmalle ChurchyardLancaster R5537 was detailed to attack Frankfurt on 24-25 August 1942, on the second ever Pathfinder led raid. It was not a success. Aircraft was intercepted and shot down by the German ace Hptm. Kurt H Loos, crashing near the Trappist Abbey at Westmalle, Belgium. All the crew were killed. The crew are all buried here in the small churchyard.

Attacker Kurt Loos
243 BuxtonArthur JohnSergeant785082Air/GnrRAFVRBomber Command90 Sqd
1943-05-12StirlingIIIBF523WP-GRAF Ridgewell, Essex30DuisburgShot down by nightfighter of Emil Heinzelmann. See Archive Report for further detailsKilledAmersfoort (Oud Leusden) General Cemetery. Plot 13. Row 7. Grave 132
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244 BuxtonMartin LeviSergeant1199580Air GunnerRAFVRBomber Command431 Sqd RCAF
1943-05-29WellingtonXHE203SE-HRAF Burn, Yorkshire2310WuppertalCrashed Heers, BelgiumKilledJonkerbos War Cemetery. Grave 7.H.3 Read Archive Report
245 CadmanArthur RobertFlight Lieutenant1920NavigatorDFM

Bomber Command97 Sqd (Straits Settlements) Pathfinder Force
1944-03-30LancasterIIIND390OF-SBourn2215NurnbergShot down by a night fighter of Maj Martin Drewes lll./NJG1 and crashed over Coburg whilst on a bombing raid to Nuremberg. Crashed AhornKilled Age 24Durnbach War CemeteryLancaster ND390, piloted by Flight Lieutenant D. H. Rowlands, DFC, was detailed to attack Nuremberg, as part of the main force of 795 aircraft, and was shot down by an Me.110 flown by Major Martin Drewes, III./NJG1, and crashed in the south west suburbs of Coburg, on 30-31 March 1944. All the crew were killed. 'Nuremberg, the Blackest Night in RAF History' by Martin Bowman gives the following account: ‘At 01:20 a.m. Drewes and his crew singled out their third victim of the night. It was Lancaster III ND390 NF-S of 97 Squadron which was being flown by 23 year old Flight Lieutenant Desmond Harold Rowlands DFC of Kenton Middlesex. “At 700 metres” said Handke “we could see it was another Lancaster. We were about to attack from the rear again when Petz announced that he had cleared the stoppage in our cannon. With the oblique cannon now working we could attack from below and to the side of the bomber with less risk of being seen. Drewes edged the night fighter closer and for a few seconds we were almost on a parallel course. Unaware, the Lancaster flew on. Then Drewes raked it with a long burst aimed into the wing. Flames fanned from the engines to acknowledge the accuracy of his shooting.”

Rowlands and his crew were mostly second tourists who were on their third operation with the Pathfinders. The bodies of 19 year old Sergeant Robert Myall Lane, the flight engineer of Richmond Surrey; Arthur Robert Cadman DFM the 24 year old navigator of Kingswinford Staffordshire (whose award had been granted in 49 Squadron in 1940); Albert Stanley McFadden the 28 year old bomb aimer of Walton, Liverpool and Flying Officers Edgar James Currie the 32 year old wireless operator and Fred Coleville the mid upper gunner of Chester-Le-Street, County Durham were found near the main fuselage on the edge of a wood at Ahorn in the South West suburbs of Coburg. The tail came down some distance away and the body of 28 year old Flight Lieutenant Richard Algernon Dacre Trevor Roper DFC DFM was found still in the rear turret.’

Attacker Maj Martin Drewes lll./NJG1
246 CaleyArthur AshtonSergeant1377873W/op/Air/GnrRAFVRBomber Command7 Sqd
1943-06-24StirlingIIIEF392MG-NRAF Oakington, Cambridgeshire2328Wuppertal See Archive report for further details Missing - believed killedRunnymede Memorial. Panel 144 Read Archive Report
247 CallardArthur EdwardFlight Lieutenant1382994PilotRAFVRBomber Command515 Sqn
1944-09-30MosquitoVINS9933P:TForward Operating Base St. Dizier12:00RangerDay Ranger to the München-Linz-Wein area with PZ440. Developed severe engine problems and landed 16:00 at Dübendorf airfield near Zürich, Switzerland. The Mosquito had suffered debris damage to the Starboard radiator when they destroyed a Bf109. They were intercepted by Swiss fighters when they entered Swiss airspace and forced to land.InternedNote: the Squadron code was hasterly added to the aircraft but had been incorrectly painted as "P3"

Escaped to France on the 2nd October 1944 and reached the UK on the 21st October 1944. He flew one more operation on the 5th January 1945.,
248 CampbellMaurice MeltonPilot OfficerNZ/405230Age 27New ZealandObserverRNZAF1942-01-12None - lost at sea after U'Boat attack on the transit ship Yngaren400In transitSee archive report for further detailsMissing - believed killedOttawa Memorial Panel 2. Column 1. Son of Arthur Campbell and of Alice Campbell (née Jones), of Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand.
(Photo used under licence Auckland Library Heritage Collection 11 March 1942 : AWNS19420311-25-11)
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249 CampbellCollin ArthurLeading Aircraftman425831AustraliaRAAF5 Elementary Flying Training School1943-05-24RAAF Honour Roll
250 CampbellArthur RussellCorporal3650AustraliaRAAF8 Sqd RAAF
1941-02-14RAAF Honour Roll

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