Royal Air Force War Grave Photos for Reference.

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  1. The Cooler King

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    Flight Lieutenant (Flight Engineer) MATTHEWS, ALBERT EDWARD ANDERSON
    Service Number 156039
    Died 22/06/1944
    Aged 30
    49 Sqdn.
    Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    D F C
    Son of Albert Edward and Gertrude Sarah Matthews; husband of Edith Mary Matthews, of Brecon.

    Lancaster LL900 Crashed in general area of Julich-Mersch after being shot down by night fighter.

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    Sergeant (Wireless Op./Air Gunner) MINCHIN, JOHN WILLIAM
    Service Number 1181097
    Died 17/05/1943
    Aged 27
    617 Sqdn.
    Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    Son of Bertram and Eliza Minchin; husband of Jessie Kate Minchin, of Bedford.

    Dambuster John William Minchin.....

    Minchin was badly wounded in the leg when Lancaster "M-Mother" was hit by flak en-route to the Möhne Dam. Sgt Minchin sat for almost an hour at his radio set nursing this terrible injury before the target was reached.
    M-Mother, the second aircraft to attack, was severely hit by ack-ack on the run-in and set on fire. The bomb was released but hit the parapet wall and exploded. F/Lt Hopgood struggled valiantly to keep his blazing aircraft airborne in order for the crew to bale out.
    Tony Burcher evacuated his rear turret and made for the crew door. There he was confronted by the pained face of John Minchin, who had dragged himself the length of the fuselage, his leg almost severed.
    All Burcher could do to help his comrade was to clip on Minchin’s parachute and push him out into the darkness, pulling his D-ring in the process. The Lancaster crashed 3 miles to the north-west of the dam and exploded in flames.

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    Sergeant (Flight Engineer) BRENNAN, CHARLES
    Service Number 942037
    Died 17/05/1943
    617 Sqdn. Dambusters
    Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

    When Hopgood was called up by Guy Gibson, he must have contacted Brennan and asked him to rejoin him. As Brennan was only halfway through a tour, he probably thought it a good opportunity to finish it with a pilot he knew and trusted. He was posted to Scampton, and undertook his first training flight with Hopgood on 11 April 1943.
    He would have needed all his flight engineering skill to help the pilot keep the aircraft aloft, as one of the engines was damaged and running on reduced revs. Tony Burcher recalls that he was a ‘calm chap’, so also having to hold a handkerchief over Hopgood’s head wound may not have completely fazed him.

    When they were hit again, as they attacked the Möhne Dam, the pair must have realised that they would never get off the flight deck themselves, and that all they could do was to give as many of their colleagues as possible the chance to escape. They were both remarkable men.

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    Flying Officer (Air Gunner) GREGORY, GEORGE HENRY FORD GOODWIN
    Service Number 141285
    Died 17/05/1943
    617 Sqdn.
    Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    D F M

    It is likely that Gregory was severely wounded some twenty minutes before Hopgood’s aircraft reached the Möhne Dam, as he wasn’t answering his intercom. In the same flak attack Hopgood, Minchin and Brennan himself were also wounded. However they pressed on, the mine was dropped, and moments afterwards Hopgood told the crew to bale out. According to John Fraser’s post-war debriefing after his release from PoW camp, it would seem that Gregory attempted to get back to the rest area to retrieve his parachute but never escaped.

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    Wing Commander CROCKER, MALCOLM
    Service Number 124256
    Died 22/06/1944
    Aged 27
    49 Sqdn.
    Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    D F C and Bar
    Son of Samuel E. M. Crocker and Gladys T. Crocker, of Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.

    Malcolm Crocker, Wing Commander, Royal Canadian Air Force. Joined RCAF (in January 1942, after being rejected by US Army Air Corps. Lost in action in 1944. He flew from bases in North Africa, Italy, and England and took part in raids over Germany as captain of a Lancaster bomber. Winner of the Distinguished Flying Cross and a bar to the citation. He had worked as an engineer at Ludlow Manufacturing and had two years of civilian flying.

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  6. alieneyes

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    W/Cdr Crocker was never in the RCAF. The next paragraph down on the No. 49 Sqn site says:

    Malcolm Crocker didn't join the RCAF. In January 1942 he was assigned to a U.S. - based pilot refresher course for prospective pilots for the RAFVR. Upon completion of the course he was sent to Canada to receive overseas orders from the RAF not the RCAF.

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    Dave
     
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    Pilot Officer (Navigator) BENSON, LESLIE BERNARD
    Service Number 177992
    Died 22/06/1944
    Aged 24
    49 Sqdn.
    Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    D F M
    Son of George and Ada Alice Benson, of Harrogate, Yorkshire.

    Lancaster LL900 Crashed in general area of Julich-Mersch after being shot down by night fighter.

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    Flying Officer (Pilot) SHORTTLE, JOSEPH MALPASS
    Service Number 157422
    Died 24/02/1945
    Aged 27
    214 Sqdn.
    Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    D F M
    Son of Joseph and Liza Shorttle; husband of Joan Shorttle, of Middlesbrough, Yorkshire.

    London Gazette 14 September 1943 DFM awarded while with 199 Squadron.
    London Gazette 26 October 1943 Appointed Flight Sergeant from 4 September 1943.
    London Gazette 24 March 1944 Promotion to Flying Officer.
    After the crash of HB805 on 24 February 1945 the body of the pilot, FO Shorttle, was found and was buried on 7 May 1945 at No1 cemetery Ittenbach Germany, before being
    re-interred at Rheinberg war cemetery.

    Born in July 1917 at Stockton, Co. Durham, England.
    He married Joan Smith at Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire in July 1938.

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    Flying Officer (Navigator) EARNSHAW, KENNETH
    Service Number J/10891
    Died 17/05/1943
    617 (R.A.F.) Sqdn
    Royal Canadian Air Force

    First wave of the attack. Second aircraft to attack Möhne Dam. Aircraft hit by flak. Mine dropped late and bounced over dam. Aircraft crashed on far side of dam.

    Kenneth Earnshaw was born in Bridlington, Yorkshire, on 23 June 1918, the son of Joseph and Janet Earnshaw. His family emigrated to Canada a year later and took up farming in rural Alberta.
    Before leaving to enlist in the RCAF. He married Mary Heather in November 1941, and they lived in Bashaw.
    After training in Canada, at the end of which he was commissioned, he travelled over to England, and was posted to 50 Squadron in November 1942.

    Pilot John Hopgood needed two new crew members. His first navigator had fallen ill and his bomb aimer had not come up to scratch. Earnshaw was recommended and arrived at Scampton at the end of April, some time after training for the Dams Raid had begun.

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    Flying Officer (Pilot) BOYCE, WILLIAM JOHN
    Service Number J/12480
    Died 12/06/1943
    Aged 26
    419 Sqdn.
    Royal Canadian Air Force
    Son of William John and Charlotte Ann Boyce, of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. B.Sc. (University of British Columbia).

    Flight Sergeant (Air Gunner) LANG, JAMES MURRAY REGINALD
    Service Number R/119753
    Died 12/06/1943
    408 Sqdn.
    Royal Canadian Air Force

    Flying Officer (Pilot)MACKELDEN, FRANK
    Service Number 125698
    Died 12/06/1943
    Aged 28
    466 (R.A.A.F.) Sqdn
    Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

    Son of Ernest James Mackelden and Margaret Mackelden; husband of Eveline Jessica Mackelden, of Milton Regis, Sittingbourne, Kent.



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    Squadron Leader (Pilot) COLLINSON, KENNETH LLOYD
    Service Number 87454
    Died 21/02/1945
    Aged 32
    166 Sqdn.
    Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    D F C
    Son of John William and Ada Bertha Collinson; husband of Irene Collinson, of West Hartlepool, Co. Durham.

    K L Collinson DFC Grave.jpg
     
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    Flight Lieutenant (Air Gunner) BARRITT, JOHN
    Service Number 130337
    Died 21/02/1945
    Aged 33
    166 Sqdn.
    Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    D F C
    Son of Edward and Annie Barritt, of Burnley, Lancashire; husband of Muriel Barritt, of Burnley.

    J Barritt DRC Grave.jpg
     
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    Flight Sergeant LENTON, KENNETH FRANK
    Service Number 1398773
    Died 08/12/1944
    Aged 18
    630 Sqdn.
    Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    Son of Ernest Henry and Rose Hannah Lenton, of Ramsgate, Kent.


    Flight Lieutenant LEWIS, RENDEL FORREST

    Service Number 129118
    Died 08/12/1944
    Aged 29
    630 Sqdn.
    Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    Son of the Revd. J.D. Vernon and Amelia Mary Lewis of Brecon. M.A. L.L.B., Barrister of law. Formerly Instructor in Navigation at R.A.F. College Cranwell.

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    Sergeant OYSTON, LESLIE
    Service Number 1594315
    Died 08/12/1944
    Aged 24
    630 Sqdn
    Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    Son of James and Francis Oyston, of Sunderland, Co Durham, Husband of Annie Oyston of Sunderland.


    Flying OfficerUSHER, REGINALD HAROLD WILLIAM
    Service Number 153476
    Died 08/12/1944
    630 Sqdn
    Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    Son of Thomas Reginald and Alice Usher, of Colchester, Essex.

    Oyston & Usher Grave RAF.jpg
     
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    Flying Officer (Pilot) GIBSON, BASIL DOUGLAS GAY
    Service Number 68175

    Died 17/08/1942

    Aged 32

    Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

    Mentioned in Despatches

    Son of Basil Theodore and Dorothy Gibson, of Wimbledon; husband of Grete Gibson, of Wimbledon.
    Buried at WIMBLEDON (ST. MARY) CHURCHYARD

    Location: Surrey, United Kingdom
    Number of casualties: 5

    Cemetery/memorial reference: West of Church.

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    Leading Aircraftman (U/T Pilot) HUGHES, RONALD GRENVILLE
    Service Number 1169220
    Died 30/03/1941
    Aged 19
    Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    Son of Walter Grenville Hughes and Selina May Hughes, of Barrow-in-Furness.

    Buried at RAMPSIDE (ST. MICHAEL) CHURCHYARD
    Location: Lancashire, United Kingdom
    Number of casualties: 3
    Cemetery/memorial reference: East Wall. Grave 24.

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    Details from the Furness behind the Stones.
    Hughes, Ronald Grenville - Furness Stories Behind the Stones

    A newspaper report from the Lancashire Evening Post from the 31st March 1941 says that Ronald was killed in an air flying accident.
     
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    Leading Aircraftman J C Parker, Leading Aircraftman R G Hughes: killed; aircraft accident, Anson N4910, 12 Service Flying Training School, 30 March 1941. Note: Related file: 5651

    Anson I N4910 [Royal Air Force Aircraft Serial and Image Database]
     
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    Cheers Clive
     
  20. CL1

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    Sergeant (Air Gunner) JACKSON, LEONARD VERNON
    Service Number 931418

    Died 08/02/1943

    Aged 20

    418 (R.C.A.F.) Sqdn.
    Royal Air Force

    Son of William Henry and Clara Jackson, of Finchley; husband of Dorothy Mary Jackson, of Finchley.


    INSCRIPTION
    WE SHALL ALWAYS REMEMBER
    Buried at EAST FINCHLEY CEMETERY AND ST. MARYLEBONE CREMATORIUM

    Location: Middlesex, United Kingdom
    Number of casualties: 178

    Cemetery/memorial reference: Sec. C10. Grave 146. upload_2020-1-20_19-3-9.png
     
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