11/12.11.1944 No 44 Squadron Lancaster III LM648 KM-K F/O. Caryer
Date: 11/12th November 1944 (Saturday/Sunday)
Unit: No. 44 Squadron
Type: Lancaster III
Base: RAF Spilsby, Lincolnshire
Location: North of airfield at Scremby
Pilot: F/O. Paul Arthur Charles Caryer 161398 RAFVR Age 23. Killed
Fl/Eng: Sgt. Robert Douglas Driscoll 1815438 RAFVR Age 20. Killed
Nav: F/O. Chesley Reginald Grassie J/39373 RCAF Age 22. Killed
Air/Bmr: F/O. Dennis Sullivan Arnett 154683 RAFVR Age 23. Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. Donald Lamont Mitchell AUS/422619 RAAF Age 21. Killed
Air/Gnr: Sgt. Derrick Keen 2206220 RAFVR Age 19. Killed
Air/Gnr: Sgt. John Routledge 1591457 RAFVR Age 19. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Taking off at 16:.33 hrs from RAF Spilsby, Lincolnshire to bomb the Rhenania-Ossag oil refinery that the USAAF had previously attacked in daylight operations, but was still operating. 237 Lancasters with 8 Mosquitoes bombing the area with reports that the residential and some industrial ares were hit but the reports did no mention the actual factory.
119 people were killed on the ground with 5,205 bombed out of their homes.
Returned safely from the operation to Germany when at 21:31 hrs they collided with another Lancaster III from 207 Squadron whilst doing circuits ready to land. All 14 crew from both aircraft lost their lives.
F/O. Paul Arthur Charles Caryer. Newmarket Cemetery. Plot H. Grave 1158A. Son of Cecil A. O. Caryer and Frances M. Caryer, of Newmarket, England. Husband of Daphne Iris Caryer.
Sgt. Robert Douglas Driscoll. Shrewsbury General Cemetery. Ext. Plot 9. Grave 116. Son of Frederick Driscoll, and of Sarah Driscoll, of Shrewsbury, England.
F/O. Chesley Reginald Grassie. Harrogate (Stonefall) Cemetery. Sec G. Row C. Grave 18. From Neepawa, Manitoba, Canada. N.o.K. details not currently available.
F/O. Dennis Sullivan Arnett. Cheadle and Gatley Cemetery. Sec. K. Grave 132. Son of Percy and May Arnett, of Gatley, Cheadle, England.
Fl/Sgt. Donald Lamont Mitchell. Cambridge City Cemetery. Grave 15153. Son of Thomas and Frances Mitchell, of Manly, New South Wales. Australia.
Sgt. Derrick Keen. New Hey (St. Thomas) Churchyard. North Plot. Row O. Grave 13. Son of George and Ruth Keen, of New Hey, Lancashire, England.
Sgt. John Routledge. Penrith Cemetery. Sec. Green. Row KKK. Grave 9. Son of John and Elizabeth Routledge, of Penrith, Cumberland, England.
Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this crew with thanks to sources as shown below.