27/28.01.1943 No. 218 Squadron Stirling I N6077 HA-V P/O. Arthur E. Gough
Date: 27/28th January 1943 (Wednesday/Thursday)
Unit: No. 218 Squadron
Type: Stirling I
Base: RAF Downham Market, Norfolk.
Location: Dassel, Germany
Pilot: P/O. Arthur Edward Gough 133219 RAFVR Age 20. Killed
Pilot 2: P/O. Kenneth Alsey Taylor 568299 RAFVR Age 23. Killed
Fl/Eng: Sgt. Edward John Forward 568299 RAF Age 24. Killed
Obs: Sgt. Geoffrey Charles Layley 137342 RAFVR Age 23. Killed (1)
Air/Bmr: Sgt. Norman Whitehead 1213624 RAFVR Age 20. Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. George Leslie Banks 1113233 RAFVR Age 31. Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Loreng Charles Ehrhart 964374 RAFVR Age 23. Killed
Air/Gnr: Sgt. William E. Jackson 1281390 RAFVR PoW No: 27380 Camps 8B - Stalag Teschen, 344 - Stalag Lamsdorf) (2)
Relatives of Sgt. Banks contacted us in November 2013 and would like to be in contact with other crew families.
REASON FOR LOSS:
Left Downham Market at 17:03 hrs for mine laying duties in the Sweet Pea region (Rostock and Arcane) of the Baltic. Homebound at 400 feet, flew into high ground near Dassel, 21 km east north east of Hoxter.
Sgt. Bill Jackson was thrown out of the aircraft, through some trees and into snow during the crash.
Note - This Stirling was delivered to 218 Squadron ex-works on 8th March 1942 and according to the figures published in the Stirling File, it flew twenty-seven operational sorties. Battle damage in November 1942 is recorded on form AM78, but it was of a minor nature and repairs took place on site. When lost, N6077 had flown a total of 221.45 hours.
Above left: P/O. Taylor (Courtesy Colin and Brian Taylor and the sister of Kenneth Taylor, Marion Spores via Linda Ibrom) and Right: Sgt. Layley.
Sgt. George Leslie Banks shown on the left (courtesy Susan Henshall)
(1) His brother Ronald George was also in the RAF and was sadly killed on 14/15th of January 1944 in 7 Squadron
(2) Bill Jackson wrote a comprehensive book on his time with 218 Squadron and contains further details of this loss. Titled 'Three Stripes and Four Brownings - A True Story of WWII by a Lone Survivor'. ISBN: 0-919899-14-5.
Left: 'Three Stripes and Four Brownings - A True Story of WWII by a Lone Survivor'.
P/O. Arthur Edward Gough. Hannover War Cemetery. Coll. Grave 3. A11-17. Son of George Henry and Elizabeth Jane Gough of Kenton, Middlesex, England.
P/O. Kenneth Alsey Taylor. Hannover War Cemetery. Coll. Grave 3. A11-17. Son of Thomas Alsey and Ethel Taylor of Streatham, London, England.
Sgt. Edward John Forward. Hannover War Cemetery. Coll. Grave 3. A11-17. Son of John Lee and Lily Forward of Trallwn, Glamorgan, Wales.
Sgt. Geoffrey Charles Layley. Hannover War Cemetery. Coll. Grave 3. A11-17. Further information: Son of Arthur Wilfred and Flora Victoria Layley of Highclere, Hampshire, England.
Press cutting shown right on the loss of the Layley brothers.
His brother Ronald George was also in the R.A.F. and was sadly killed on 14/15th of January 1944 in 7 Squadron. Geoffrey Layley attended St. Bartholemews School and is remembered a being a quiet person who took up farming after leaving school. At the outset of war he joined the Army, later transferring to the R.A.F.V.R.
Sgt. Norman Whitehead. Hannover War Cemetery. Coll. Grave 3. A11-17. Son of Norman and Martha Whitehead of Almondbury, Huddersfield, Yorkshire, England.
Sgt. George Leslie Banks. Hannover War Cemetery. Coll. Grave 3. A11-17. Son of George and Eva Banks of Northenden, Lancashire, England.
Sgt. Loreng Charles Ehrhart. Hannover War Cemetery. Coll. Grave 3. A11-17. Son of Carl and Leonie Marie (nee Vervenne) Ehrhart of London, England. Born Marylebone in the March 1920 Qtr.
Researched by Aircrew Remembered, researcher and specialist genealogist Linda Ibrom for relatives of this crew.
Thanks to Colin and Brian Taylor and P/O. Taylor’s sister Marion Spores for the uniformed photo. Also our thanks go to Katherine Garrett for the information and school magazine excerpt on the Layley brothers. Information and school magazine excerpt on the Layley brothers to Katherine Garrett. We hope to receive further information from the niece of Sgt Banks, Susan Henshall and Michael Long, nephew of the pilot P/O. Gough. Oliver Clutton-Brook "Footprints On The Sands Of Time" for Sgt. Jackson PoW information. Also to Dave Champion for details on Sgt. Ehrhart - March 2019.