L F Tyrell 1607381, 101 Sqdn

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  1. LittleVera

    LittleVera Member

    Hello All

    I am looking for more info on the crash(?) that killed L F Tyrell and his crewmembers of 101 Sqn on 7th/8th March 1945:

    BOND IH 551269 101 SQDN 08/03/1945 ROYAL AIR FORCE
    CANNING W 1795481 101 SQDN 08/03/1945 ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE
    GAWTHORP RT 165666 101 SQDN 08/03/1945 ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE
    GIBBON MV 29136 101 SQDN 08/03/1945 ROYAL AIR FORCE
    MATTHEWS AF 1897604 101 SQDN 08/03/1945 ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE
    PRESTON CE 1833038 101 SQDN 08/03/1945 ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE
    TYRRELL LF 1607381 101 SQDN 08/03/1945 ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE

    Thanks

    LittleVera
     
  2. englandphil

    englandphil Very Senior Member

    Vera, mothers madien name Wyatt

    Name:Leslie F Tyrrell
    Mother's Maiden Surname:Wyatt
    Date of Registration:Oct-Nov-Dec 1922
    Registration district:Banbury
    Registration County:Buckinghamshire
     
  3. Peter Clare

    Peter Clare Very Senior Member Patron

    Re the above losses......

    101 Squadron

    Lancaster I PD268 SR-O
    Op. Dessau

    Took off 1708 hrs from Ludford Magna. Lost without trace. All are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial. Sgt. Mahr RCAF was responsible for the specialist equipment, Sgt. Canning came from Dublin. Both air gunners were in their 30s, Sgt. Matthews being 32 while Sgt. Preston was 39, well over the average age of operational aircrew. In contrast Sgt. Mahr RCAF was was only nineteen. S/L. Gibbon had served since the late 1920s early 30s. Although it is not specifically mentioned it is possible the crew had been tasked for ABC duties, this being the Squadrons commitment until May 1945

    crew.

    S/L. M V. Gibbon AFC +
    W/O. I H. Bond +
    F/O. R T. Cawthorp +
    Sgt. W. Canning +
    Sgt. L F. Tyrrell +
    Sgt. R W. Mahr RCAF +
    Sgt. A F. Matthews +
    Sgt. C E. Preston +

    From ' Bomber Command Losses' Vol.6 - W R. Chorley.

    .......................................

    The Dessau raid of 7-8 March 1945

    526 Lancasters and 5 Mosquitos of Nos 1, 3, 6 and 8 Groups raided Dessau. 18 Lancasters lost, 3.4 per cent of the force. This was another devastating raid on a new target in Eastern Germany with the usual town centre, residential, industrial and railway areas all being hit.

    'The Bomber Command War Diaries' M. Middlebrook / C. Everitt

    .......................................

    A brief explanation of ABC


    A system code named "Airborne Cigar" or ABC for short, was devised to jam the VHF frequencies used by the German controllers. The equipment consisted of a panoramic receiver and three transmitters, which enabled the frequency being used by the fighter controller to be identified and then jammed. An 8th crew member, the Special Operator, who was a German-speaker, operated the equipment and listened in for the controller's transmissions. When he was sure that he was listening to the master controller, he jammed that frequency and if the Germans changed frequency he had to find the new frequency and jam that within seconds.
     
  4. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    Runnymede Panel
    L.F.Tyrell
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    Last edited: Mar 19, 2017
  5. dawallace

    dawallace Junior Member

    Form 541 from the 101 ORB.
    Dave Wallace
     

    Attached Files:

  6. LittleVera

    LittleVera Member

    Thanks once again to all of you for your time and assistance.

    This is just what we were looking for. The ABC info is especially interesting, I didn't know anything about this.

    And also thanks to Phil for the BMD on L F Tyrell, for some reason I hadn't been able to find this.

    Thanks once again,

    LittleVera
     
  7. Brian Lane

    Brian Lane New Member

    The crash site for this plane and cre has been found, there is a Facebook page called "Lancaster PD268 Research Group" and the following links will help

    Avro Lancaster I (PD268 SR-O) on a mission to Dessau on 1945-03-08
    the crash site for this plane and crew was discovered. There is a Facebook page called "Lancaster PD268 Research Group" and these posts will help as well:

    1795481 Sgt. William Canning of Dublin, killed in action 7/8 March 1945
     
  8. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    I have informed CWGC Runnymede panel has spelling as Tyrell not Tyrrell as on their database

    TYRRELL, LESLIE FREDERICK
    Rank:
    Sergeant
    Service No:
    1607381
    Date of Death:
    08/03/1945
    Age:
    22
    Regiment/Service:
    Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    101 Sqdn.
    Panel Reference:
    Panel 277.
    Memorial:
    RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL
    Additional Information:
    Son of Frederick George and Mercy Rose Tyrrell, of Banbury, Oxfordshire.
     
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  9. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    A reply from CWGC re the spelling


    Thank you for your email regarding the error in the spelling of the surname Tyrrell on the Runnymede Memorial.

    You wlll be pleased to hear that arrangements are being made to amend the spelling on the Memorial panel.

    Thank you again for bringing this to our attention.
     
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