17/18.01.1943 No. 44 Squadron Lancaster I ED318 KM-X Sgt. Richard Calcutt
Date: 17/18th January 1943 (Sunday/Monday)
Unit: No: 44 Squadron (Rhodesia)
Type: Lancaster I
Base: RAF Waddington, Lincolnshire.
Location: Not known, probably over North Sea.
Pilot: Sgt. Richard Calcutt 778483 RAFVR Age ? Missing
Fl/Eng: Sgt. Colin Patrick Mitchell 778210 RAFVR Age 22. Missing
Nav: Sgt. Stanley Allen 1023445 RAFVR Age 32. Missing
Air/Bmr: Sgt. Richard Dowding Perkins 953431 RAFVR Age 28. Missing
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Roy Cook Fenton R/75877 RCAF Age 22. Missing
Air/Gnr (mid upper): Sgt. Robert Douglas Bradbury 1610166 RAFVR Age 20. Missing
Air/Gnr (rear): Sgt. Vincent Lawrence 1266105 RAFVR Age 21. Missing
REASON FOR LOSS:
Take off from Waddington at 17.09 hrs. This Lancaster was lost without a trace with all of its crew remembered on the Runnymede Memorial. Sergeants Calcutt and Mitchell were Rhodesians.
13 of the 187 bomber force were shot down over the North Sea, it is ‘probable’ that ED318 was one of these as no remains were recovered.
Sgt. Richard Dowding Perkins with his fiancee Hilda (courtesy Gill Rudge)
Sgt. Richard Dowding Perkins understood to be centre row, 2nd from right (courtesy Gill Rudge)
Sgt. Richard Calcutt. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 144. From Southern Rhodesia. N.o.K details currently not available - are you able to assist completion of these and any other information?
Left: Runnymede Memorial (A.R. visit, 2013)
Sgt. Colin Patrick Mitchell. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 159. Son of Mr and Mrs E.C.Mitchell of Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia.
Sgt. Stanley Allen. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 140. Son of Robert and Sarah Ellen Allen and husband of Margaret of Chaddesden, Derbyshire, England.
Sgt. Richard Dowding Perkins. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 161. Son of Thomas Burgoyne and Alice Maude Mary Perkins of Shrewbury, Shropshire, England, fiancé of Hilda. Known as ‘Billy’ by his friends and family.
Sgt. Roy Cook Fenton. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 180. Son of Roy Gordon and Ethel of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
Sgt. Robert Douglas Bradbury. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 143. Son of Thomas and Mary Bradbury and husband of Gwendolen Dorothy Bradbury of Harpenden, Hertfordshire, England.
Sgt. Vincent Lawrence. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 156. Son of Francis and Winifred Lawrence of Handsworth, Yorkshire, England.
Researched by Aircrew Remembered, researcher and specialist genealogist Linda Ibrom for relatives of this crew. Special thanks to Gill Rudge for the photo’s and personal information on Sergeant Perkins.