10/11.08.1943 No. 619 Squadron Lancaster III EE112 PG-T Fl/Lt. Dampier-Crossley
Date: 10/11th August 1943 (Tuesday/Wednesday)
Unit: No. 619 Squadron
Type: Lancaster III
Code: PG-T ('Thumper')
Base: RAF Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire
Location: Between Fucht and Moosbach
Pilot: Fl/Lt. Edward Dampier-Crossley DFC. AUS/403012 RAAF Age 22. Killed
Fl/Eng: P/O. George Barnes Penny Patterson 155834 RAFVR Age 23. Killed
Nav: F/O. John Macarthur Mclean DFC. AUS/404519 RAAF Age 23. Killed
Air/Bmr: F/O. Alec Hayward Blazer 124718 RAFVR Age 20. Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. Frank Dawson 1077766 RAFVR Age ? Killed
Air/Gnr: F/O. Peter Clement Moxham 138471 RAFVR Age ? Killed
Air/Gnr: Sgt. John Wardle 1312826 RAFVR Age ? Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Took off at 21.46 hrs from RAF Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire to bomb Nuremberg.
A force of 653 heavy bombers comprising 318 Lancasters, 119 Stirlings and 216 Halifaxes was assembled for the mission. Zero hour (Z) was 01.00 and the 24 blind markers were to bomb at Z-3 followed by 8 visual markers from Z-2 to Z+3 followed by backers up until Z+34. The main force was to bomb in six waves from 01.02hrs to 01.41hrs.
The timing of the blind markers was good but the target area was largely obscured by cloud and the marking was scattered. Later reconnaissance showed that most of the damage was in the N.E. part of the town where a large area of devastation could be seen. No damage could be seen to have been inflicted on industrial areas to the south of the town but in many areas elsewhere there was damage, notably to the engineering and metal working industries of Appel and Sazenhofen, Chillingworth and H Wegerle (Furth), as well as railway sheds, public buildings, residential and business properties.
596 aircraft reported attacking the primary target whilst 8 attacked the alternative target. 34 aircraft aborted the sortie for various reasons.15 aircraft failed to return of which 9 fell to enemy fighters, 4 to flak and 2 collided. 53 aircraft returned with damage inflicted by flak (33) fighters (5) and other causes (16)
No night fighter claims have been identified for Lancaster EE112 and it is thought that they were probably hit by flak whilst still carrying a full bomb load.
The reason that we have come to this conclusion is that following a report issued by No. 3 Missing Research and Enquiry Unit in December 1946, the bodies of two of the crew were buried initially with the crew of Lancaster III ED922 from 57 Squadron on the same operation which came down at Rummelsberg. It is understood that two of the aircrew were blown out of the aircraft - Fl/Sgt. Frank Dawson and F/O. John Macarthur Mclean DFC over Rummelsberg - the remaining crew were discovered in various locations around Moosbach where the Lancaster finally crashed.
Note: Interesting in that the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight have named their Lancaster "Thumper II" - the pilot of that Lancaster flown by Robert (‘Bob’) Edgar Knights during the Dam Buster operation had flown as second dickie to Fl/Lt. Dampier-Crossley DFC and his crew who had named their aircraft 'Thumper'. He named his aircraft 'Thumper II' after the loss of Lancaster EE112. That was lost as DV385 and so with Thumper III painted on PA474 the name remained.
Fl/Lt. Edward Dampier-Crossley DFC. Durnbach War Cemetery. Grave 6.K.14. Born on the 19th January 1921 at Christchurch, New Zealand, the son of Harry Maurice Croslegh Dampier-Crossley and Mabel Leslie Dampier-Crossley, of Rotherham, Canterbury, New Zealand. A total of 919 flying hours logged and completed 43 operational sorties. Grave inscription reads: "Greater Love Hath No Man".
P/O. George Barnes Penny Patterson. Durnbach War Cemetery. Grave 6.K.13. Son of William Reginald Lambert Patterson and Elizabeth May Patterson, of Drumcondra, Dublin, Irish Republic. Grave inscription reads: "A Happy Warrior. He Was Lovely And Pleasant In His Life".
F/O. John Macarthur Mclean DFC. Durnbach War Cemetery. Grave 6.K.11. Son of Douglas Allan and Emily Jean McLean, of Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. Grave inscription reads: "In Christ Shall All Be Made Alive".
F/O. Alec Hayward Blazer. Durnbach War Cemetery. Grave 6.K.12. Son of Willie and Ivy Hester Blazer, of Mitcham, Surrey, England. Grave inscription reads: "Age Shall Not Weary Him Nor The Years Condemn. We Will Remember Him".
Fl/Sgt. Frank Dawson. Durnbach War Cemetery. Grave 6.K.9. No further details - are you able to assist?
F/O. Peter Clement Moxham. Durnbach War Cemetery. Grave 6.K.15. Son of Mr. and Mrs. James Moxham of Bridge House, Yalding, Maidstone, Kent, England. The family also suffered the loss of his brother, F/O. James Gerald Moxham 151551 lost without trace on the 24th February 1944 whist with 59 Squadron.
Sgt. John Wardle. Durnbach War Cemetery. Grave 6.K.10. No further details - are you able to assist?
Researched for Rae Norris who also kindly sponsored this page of remembrance and dedicated to the relatives of this crew with thanks to sources as shown.