09/10.03.1943 N0. 100 Squadron Lancaster III ED587 HW-V Sq/Ldr. Barker
Date: 09/10th March 1943 (Tuesday/Wednesday)
Unit: No. 100 Squadron
Type: Lancaster III
Code: JA-V (some list it as HW-V)
Base: RAF Grimsby, Lincolnshire
Location: Near Maubeuge Northern France.
Pilot: Sq/Ldr. Derrick Maxwell Barker 40070 RAF Age 27. Killed
Fl/Eng: Sgt. Frank George Gibling Edwards 1219680 RAFVR Age 21. Killed
Nav: Sgt. Reginald William Walker 658252 RAFVR Age 22. Killed (1)
Air/Bmr: Sgt. Joshua Morgan 658473 RAFVR Age ? Killed (2)
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Herbert Brock 1207000 RAFVR Age 28. Killed
Air/Gnr: Sgt. Thomas Frame Millar 1560123 RAFVR Age 18. Killed (3)
Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. 'Freddie' Fred Salvage 1125185 RAFVR Age 20. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Taking off from RAF Grimsby, Lincolnshire at 19.48 hrs joining some 263 other aircraft to bomb Munich.
6 were intercepted and shot down by Luftwaffe night fighters with the remaining 2 shot down by flak. Another aircraft, a Stirling III R9358 BU-A from 214 Squadron crashed on take off at RAF Chedburg in Suffolk.
Details from Munich regarding damage and casualties report that 291 buildings were destroyed, 660 damaged severely with a further 2,134 not so seriously damaged.
Sadly amongst to building damaged were 11 hospitals, Munich Cathedral. But the HQ of the Flak brigade was among the buildings destroyed and of more importance the BMW factory which manufactured aircraft engines. 208 people on the ground were killed with a further 425 injured.
The local Flak fired some 14,234 rounds of ammunition during this raid! With one known hit. It maybe that Lancaster ED587 was also damaged during this barrage, crashing on the return flight.
A total of 39 aircrew were killed, 10 taken PoW with a further 8 evading capture and returnIng to there units. The 7 crew of the Stirling crash in in England were all injured.
(1 - 2) Sgt. Morgan and Sgt Walker were in the British Army - transferring in January 1939.
(3) Sgt. Millar, one of the youngest aircrew members to die during 1943.
Memorials to 100 Squadron aircrew who were lost.
Crew graves at Maubeuge Centre Cemetery
Sq/Ldr. Derrick Maxwell Barker. Maubeuge Centre Cemetery, France. Row B. Grave 21. Son of Harry David and Daisy Barker, husband of Viva Kathleen Barker, of Bristol, England.
Sgt. Frank George Gibling Edwards. Maubeuge Centre Cemetery, France. Row B. Grave 19. Son of George William and Elizabeth Edwards, of Edgware, Middlesex, England.
Sgt. Reginald William Walker. Maubeuge Centre Cemetery, France. Row B. Grave 18. Son of William John and E]iza Clara Walker, of North Earlham, Norfolk, England.
Sgt. Joshua Morgan. Maubeuge Centre Cemetery, France. Row B. Grave 23. No further details currently available.
Sgt. Herbert Brock. Maubeuge Centre Cemetery, France. Row B. Grave 20. Son of Leonard and Minnie Brock, of Rayne, Essex, England. Husband of Ruth Edna Brock.
Sgt. Thomas Frame Millar. Maubeuge Centre Cemetery, France. Row B. Grave 24. Son of John Peacock Millar and of Helen Millar (nee Webster Kerr), of Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland.
Fl/Sgt. 'Freddie' Fred Salvage. Maubeuge Centre Cemetery, France. Row B. Grave 22. Son of Fredrick and Berth Salvage - no further details.
Researched and dedicated to relatives of the crew. With thanks to the following for further information supplied, Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vol's. 1 and 2', Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses' Vol. 4, Tom Kracker - 'Kracker Luftwaffe Archives'. Commonwealth War Graves Commission.