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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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12/13.03.1943 No. 102 Squadron Haliax II JB836 DY-T F/O. Anthony D.A. Barnes

Operation: Essen

Date: 12/13th March 1943 (Friday/Saturday)

Unit: No. 102 Squadron

Type: Halifax II

Serial: JB836

Code: DY-T

Base: RAF Pocklington, Yorkshire

Location: North Sea, 20 k.m. south west of Den Helder, Netherlands

Pilot: F/O. Anthony Drew Ashby Barnes 109004 RAFVR Age 27. Missing

Fl/Eng: Sgt. James Stephen Lowdell 1290929 RAFVR Age23. Missing

Nav: Sgt. Arthur Leonard Thurlow 1286488 RAFVR Age ? Missing

Air/Bmr: Sgt. Gerald Cecil Felsenstein 1396129 RAFVR Age 21. Missing

W/Op/Air/Gnr: F/O. Edwin Harold Beeton 126624 RAFVR Age ? Missing

Air/Gnr: Sgt. Victor Norman Elkins 1330229 RAFVR Age 20. Missing

Air/Gnr: Sgt. William Patrick Quinlivan 1267977 RAFVR Age 24. Missing


Take off at 19:23 from Pocklington. Lost without a trace. All of the crew are commemorated on the Runnymede memorial.

It is understood that Lancaster JB836 was intercepted at 2,500 mtrs some 20 k.m. south west of Den Helder, Netherlands. The pilot making the claim, has the time of combat as 22.30 hrs. Making Lt. Oskar Köstler (1) of 10./NJG1 an ace with this being his fifth (but last) claim of the war.


Sgt. Quinlivan, on the right Sgt. Quinlivan with his mother and his Aunt Lydia Edith Parker - nee Corne (courtesy Chris Sitton and Terrence Quinlivan) 



Commando training at Driffield, Sgt. Quinlivan - 3rd row, 2nd from the left (courtesy Max Weil)


Lt. Oskar Köstler (Courtesy Erich Kloss, via Rob de Visser)

(1) Lt. Oskar Köstler shot down three aircraft on this operation, probably operating from Himmelbett box Hering based at Den Helder, Netherlands. Lt. Köstler was later killed on the 9/10th April 1943 at Elburg in a tremendous explosion of 101 Squadron Lancaster ED618 SR-X flown by Fl/Sgt John David Steele RCAF killed with all 6 other crew members. 

Burial details:

F/O. Anthony Drew Ashby Barnes. Runnymede Memorial Panel 123. Further details: Son of Frank Stanley and Margaret Ada Barnes of Surbiton, Surrey and husband of Violet M Barnes of Surbiton, Surrey.

Sgt. James Stephen Lowdell. Runnymede Memorial Panel 157. Born in 1921. Son of James and Lillian (née Wiggins) Lowdell. One of 7 children, his brother serving as a dispatch rider, another, William, served as a radar operator in the Royal Navy.

Sgt. Arthur Leonard Thurlow. Runnymede Memorial Panel 167. N.o.K details currently not available - are you able to assist completion of these and any other information?

Sgt. Gerald Cecil Felsenstein. Runnymede Memorial Panel 149. Further details: Son of Arthur and Ada Mathilda”Tilly” (nee Latter) Felsenstein of Golders Green, Middlesex.

His twin brother Fl/Sgt. Basil Saul (navigator/air bomber) also lost his life on 15th January 1945 whilst serving with 82 squadron age 22 and is buried in Gauhati war Cemetery, India. The family originated from Fuerth in Germany.

F/O. Edwin Harold Beeton. Runnymede Memorial Panel 123. N.o.K details currently not available - are you able to assist completion of these and any other information?

Sgt. Victor Norman Elkins. Runnymede Memorial Panel 148. Further details: Son of Frank Henry and Dulcie May (nee Colbear) of Chelmsford, Essex and brother to George born in 1920, sister Phyllis born 1922 and David born in 1927.

Sgt. William Patrick Quinlivan. Runnymede Memorial Panel 162. Further details: Son of Patrick Michael and Victoria Mary Anne Quinlivan of Clerkenwell.

William was unmarried and known as William Patrick “Young Pat” Quinlivan, so named because his father and grandfather were both named Patrick and it was considered unlucky to name the third generation after their immediate forebears. He was a keen cyclist following several specialist cycling activities including sprint and cycle polo. He spent much of his disposable income on hand made cycles from the celebrated manaufacturer, Hobbs of the Barbican. Following an accident where a car door was opened in front of his bike, this pastime was largely curtailed. He worked as a chauffeur to a city gentleman. 

His brother Sgt. John Henry Quinlivan R.A.F.V.R. lost his life on 21/22nd of December 1944 whilst serving with 630 Squadron. Flying in Lancaster I NG258 piloted by F/O. Arnold Stockill - crashed in fog, 6 of the crew were killed with the tail gunner surviving. His younger brother Terrence also served in the R.A.F.

Researched by Aircrew Remembered, researcher and specialist genealogist Linda Ibrom for relatives of this crew. With thanks for info on Sgt. Quinlivan to Chris Sitton and Terrence Quinlivan, also to John Lowdell for further information on Sgt. James Lowdell. Many thanks also to Max Weil of the Felsenstein website. Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vol's. 1 and  2',   Lt. Oskar Köstler photo courtesy Erich Kloss, via Rob de Visser.

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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