12/13.06.1941 No. 102 Squadron Whitley V Z6489 Sgt. Chapman
Operation: Schwerte, Germany
Date: 12/13th June 1941 (Thursday/Friday)
Unit: No. 102 Squadron
Type: Whitley Mk V
Base: RAF Topcliffe
Location: Aalst-Waalre, just south of Eindhoven, Holland
Pilot: Sgt. John Chapman 1151802 RAFVR Age 24. Killed
Pilot 2: Sgt. John Franklin James AUS/404104 RAAF Age 25. Killed
Obs: P/O Raymond Woodrow Dawson 87361 RAFVR Age 22. Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. James Hall 552714 RAF Age 19. Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. John Matthew Bailey Tunnah 981759 RAFVR Age 30. Killed
Air/Gnr: Sgt. Kenneth Ridd Winter 977342 RAFVR Age 22. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Z6489 was one of two 102 Squadron Whitleys lost on this operation.
The other: Z6565 piloted by Sgt. N.B. Berndsson returned safely to Topcliffe at 06:23 hrs. but was written off due to unspecified damage.
Took off at 23:06 hrs. from Topcliffe to attack the railway yards at Schwerte, Germany. 36 Whitleys and 6 Wellingtons took part but they failed to find the target and bombed the town instead.
Shot down by a night-fighter Lt Reinhold Knacke (1) 2./NJG1 and crashed at 03:16 hrs. on land belonging to Mr De Bie Gagelse Akkers at Waalre (Noord Brabant), 7 km SSW of Eindhoven. all are buried in Woensel General Cemetery.
(1) Lt. Knacke became a night fighter ace with over 44 kills. He was killed on the 3/4th February 1943 from return fire from a Stirling near Achterveld/Ede.
Above: Graves of crew and Woensel Genereal Cemetery on left (courtesy Raimondo Bogaars)
Sgt. John Chapman. Woensel General Cemetery. Plot JJ. Grave 17. Son of William John and Mary Elizabeth Chapman, of Lutterworth, Warwickshire, England.
Sgt. James Hall. Woensel General Cemetery. Plot JJ. Joint Grave 19-20. Son of George and Margaret Hall, of Deepdale, Lancashire, England.
Sgt. John Matthew Bailey Tunnah. Woensel General Cemetery. Plot JJ. Joint Grave 19-20. Son of Alexander and Wilhelmina Tunnah, of Coves, Isle of Wight, England.
Sgt. Kenneth Ridd Winter. Woensel General Cemetery. Plot JJ. Joint Grave 16. Son of William Ridd Winter and Bertha Winter, of Finchley, Middlesex, England.
Sgt. John Franklin James. Woensel General Cemetery. Plot JJ. Joint Grave 25. Son of Edwin Alfred and Ellen Louise James, of Morningside, Queensland, Australia.
P/O Raymond Woodrow Dawson. Woensel General Cemetery. Plot JJ. Joint Grave 18. Son of the Revd. John Thomas Dawson and Louisa Ann Dawson, of Llanvaches, Monmouthshire, Wales.
With thanks to Phil Bass for crew correction details - June 2017. Other sources as quoted below.