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467 Squadron Crest
03.01.1945 No. 467 Squadron lancaster I NF908 PO-C F/O. Walter V. Allamby

Operation: Training Flight

Date: 3rd January 1945 (Wednesday)

Unit: No. 467 Squadron

Type: Lancaster I

Serial: NF908

Code: PO-C

Base: RAF Waddington, Lincolnshire

Location: Leek, Staffordshire

Pilot: F/O. Walter Vernon Allamby AUS/428516 RAAF Age 26. Killed

Fl/Eng: Sgt. Norman Lees 2218806 RAFVR Age 19. Killed

Nav: Fl/Lt. Jack Ivan Pritchard AUS/421047 RAAF Age 30. Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. Geoffrey James Dunbar AUS/424391 RAAF Age 22. Killed

Air/Bmr: Fl/Sgt. Richard Emonson AUS/430484 RAAF Age 21. Killed

Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. Thomas Edward Harold Wright AUS/430728 RAAF Age 24. Killed

Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. Cleveland Charles Watson AUS/434547 RAAF Age 23. Killed

Reason For Loss:

The Lancaster was lost on a fighter affiliation training exercise from RAF Waddington, Lincolnshire after taking off at 14:30 hrs.

F/O. Allamby and his crew were killed when the Lancaster he was piloting on a training exercise, crashed at 16:00 hrs. four miles NNE of Leek, Staffordshire, when NF908 flew into dense cloud, hitting the side of a hill, killing all the crew. The aircraft was completely destroyed in the crash.

Burial Details;

Funeral Service took place at the RAF Regional Cemetery at Blacon, Chester, at 15:50 hours, on Tuesday 9th January 1945, with full service honours, where all seven members of the crew were laid to rest. The RAAF Chaplain, Sq/Ldr. Sands conducted the service. A representative of RAF 467 Squadron, Waddington was in attendance. The Squadron sent along floral tributes, photograph's were taken to be sent to all the next of kin.

F/O. Walter Vernon Allamby. RAF Regional Cemetery Blacon, Cheshire. Section A. Grave 754. Son of Alfred and Ruby Frances Allamby, of Millgrove,Victoria, Australia. Born on Thursday 1st August 1918, at Millgrove, Victoria, Australia. Enlisted into the Royal Australian Air Force at Melbourne on the 06th November 1942. Father employed at Millgrove Post Office.

Sgt. Norman Lees. RAF Regional Cemetery Blacon, Cheshire. Section A. Grave 709. Son of Fred and Dora Lees, of Oldham, Lancashire, England.

Fl/Lt. Jack Ivan Pritchard. RAF Regional Cemetery, Cheshire.Section A. Grave 799. Son of George and Lillian Grace Pritchard and husband of Catherine Mary Pritchard, of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Fl/Sgt. Geoffrey James Dunbar. RAF Regional Cemetery, Blacon, Cheshire. Sec.A. Grave 1095. Son of James Coupland Dunbar and Pearl Violet Dunbar, of Strathfield, New South Wales, Australia. Born on Sunday 16th April 1922, at Paddington, New South Wales, Australia. Enlisted into the Royal Australian Air Force at Sydney.

Fl/Sgt. Richard Emonson. RAF Regional Cemetery Blacon, Cheshire. Section Sec. A. Grave 368. Son of Keith Glanfield Emonson and Alice Muriel Emonson, of Caulfield, Victoria, Australia. Born on Friday 26th October 1923 at Bendigo, Victoria, Australia. Enlisted into the Royal Australian Air Force at No. 1, Recruitment Centre,Melbourne, on the 06th November 1942. Embarked for the UK on the 12th June 1943. When he died, his Wing Commander, Commanding, said of him, "He was a member of a fine crew, and we will miss his cheerful personality. He carried out his duties in a conscientious and capable manner, and his courage gained the admiration of all". His father was Captain Glanfield Emonson, MC. who served with the 38th Battalion AIF during World War One.

Fl/Sgt. Thomas Edward Harold Wright. RAF Regional Cemetery, Cheshire. Sec. A. Grave 979. Son of William John and Harriet Sarah Wright, husband of Norma Wright of Kingsford, New South Wales, Australia. Born on Thursday, 28th May 1920, at Auburn, New South Wales, Australia. Enlisted into the Royal Australian Air Force at Paddington, New South Wales.

Fl/Sgt. Cleveland Charles Watson. RAF Regional Cemetery, Cheshire. Section A. Grave 1061. Son of Harry and Mary Annetta Watson,of Glen Osmond, South, Australia. Born on Friday 29th April 1921, at Yorketown, South Australia. Enlisted into the Royal Australian Air Force at Melbourne.

Researched by Bob Wilton for Aircrew Remembered. With thanks to Lindsay Adams - nephew of the pilot who contacted us in September 2015 and advised age correction and other information. Australian National Archives, other sources as quoted below.

KTY 21.02.2017 Age updated on Jack Pritchard

Acknowledgements: Sources used by us in compiling Archive Reports include: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vols. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vols. 1 and 2', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Tom Kracker - Kracker Luftwaffe Archives and Fred Paradie - Paradie Archive (both on this site), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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