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12/13.12.1944 No. 149 East India Squadron Lancaster HK645 OJ-R F/O. Dorey

Mission: Witten, West Germany

Date: 12/13th December 1944

Unit: No. 149 (East India) Squadron

Type: Lancaster l

Serial: HK645

Code: OJ-R

Base: RAF Methwold, Norfolk

Location: Lost without trace

Pilot: F/O. Edmund Henry Stephen Dorey 183947 RAFVR Age 22. Killed

Fl/Eng: Sgt. R. Laird. 1825466 RAF Age ? PoW No. 1334. Camp L7 Stalag Luft Bankau-Kreuiberg

Nav/Air/Bmr: Fl/Sgt. Dudley Wham AUS/426407 RAAF Age 23. Killed

Nav/Air/Bmr: P/O. John Rae Walter AUS/427575 RAAF Age 33. PoW No. 6890. Camp Stalag Luft 1, Barth Vogelsang (1)

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Neville Alfred L'Green AUS/423018 RAAF Age 20. Killed

Air/Gnr: Sgt. William Lee Taylor 1623557 RAFVR Age ? Killed

Air/Gnr: Sgt. Leslie Albert Victor Hunt 1898110 RAFVR Age 29. Killed

Took off from RAF Methwold at 11:37hrs on a raid to bomb the Ruhrstahl steelworks at Witten. Nothing was heard from the aircraft after takeoff. 140 Lancasters of 3 Group took part in this raid with the loss of 8 Lancasters. Witten provided a report for this raid. It was the town's first major raid of the war. The steelworks were not hit and bombs fell all over the town destroying many houses and premises

(1) P/O. John Rae Walter in a Prisoner of War report stated "We were attacked by enemy fighters. The first burst started a fire in the starboard wing. The Pilot and Engineer were discussing the fire and the Captain stated he may have to abandon. All the crew acknowledged. I tried to jettison the bombs but found the electrical circuit apparently affected as the bombs would not go out. The next attack put the port wing on fire. I was first to leave the aircraft at 20000 feet. The aircraft was still under control but badly on fire. It exploded as the Engineer followed me out. He was brought to the same PoW Camp as I was in at Dortmund. I was captured as soon as I landed".

P/O. John Rae Walter was released by the Russians on the 30th April 1945 and repatriated UK on the 13th May 1945. John was born on the 5th December 1910 in Katanning. He enlisted on the 19th July 1942 in Perth. F/O. John Rae Walter was discharged from service on 23 January 1946 and at that time was serving with No. 149 Squadron

Old Northern Grammar School now Mayfield School Reichswald Forest War Cemetery

Burial details:

F/O. Edmund Henry Stephen Dorey. Runnymede Memorial, Surrey. Panel 205. Son of Edmund John and Eleanor Dorey of North End, Portsmouth. Edmund is remembered on the WW2 memorial plague in the old Northern Grammar School now Mayfield School, Portsmouth. F/O Dorey had flown on 17 successful raids during 1944

Fl/Sgt. Dudley Wham. Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Grave Ref. 4. D. 7. Son of Frederick Henry and Anne Tab Wham. Husband of Audrey Joyce Wham of Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia. Dudley was born on the 7th October 1921, Mount Morgan, Queensland. He enlisted in Brisbane on the 20th June 1942. He is remembered on the Mount Morgan, Queensland Roll of Honour

Sgt. Neville Alfred L'Green. Runnymede Memorial, Surrey. Panel 261. Son of Athol Victor and Claudia Alline L'Green of Fairfield, New South Wales, Australia. Neville was born on the 24th May 1924, Leeton, New South Wales. He enlisted on the 18th June 1942, No 2 Recruiting Centre, Sydney. Prior to entering the RAAF Neville was a electrical engineer working in his father's electrical manufacturing business. He attended Canley Vale Public School and Sydney Technical High School. Neville is remembered on the Fairfield NSW Roll of Honour

Sgt. William Lee Taylor. Runnymede Memorial, Surrey. Panel 239. No further details as yet - are you able to assist?

Sgt. Leslie Albert Victor Hunt. Runnymede Memorial, Surrey. Panel 231. Son of Mr. and Mrs H. N. Hunt. Husband of Kathleen Louise Hunt of Reading, Berkshire

Researched by Kate Tame for Aircrew Remembered and dedicated to the relatives of the crew. With thanks to Alan Fraser 147 Squadron historian, other sources as quoted.

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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