11.07.1942 No. 207 Squadron Lancaster I L7543 EM-Z Fl/Sgt. George Duke
Operation: Danzig - U-Boat Pens
Date: 11th July 1942 (Saturday)
Unit: No: 207 Squadron
Type: Lancaster 1
Base: RAF Bottesford, Leicestershire/ Lincolnshire
Location: Target area, Danzig.
Pilot: Fl/Sgt. George Henry Duke 1163246 RAFVR Age 26. Killed
Pilot 2: Fl/Sgt. Kenneth Harry Hart 1154131 RAFVR Age 24. Killed
Obs 1: Sgt. Frank Routledge 929946 RAFVR Age 21. Killed
Obs 2: Sgt. Harold Arthur Storey 1072974 RAFVR Age ? Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: P/O. Kenneth James Shirley 127160 RAF Age 22. Killed
Air/Gnr (mid upper): Fl/Sgt. David Adrian Boldy 923995 RAFVR Age 23. Killed
Air/Gnr (rear): Fl/Sgt. Allan Percival Cullerne 924150 RAFVR Age 21. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Took off at 16.41 hrs from RAF Bottesford with the plan for 44 Lancasters to fly at low level over the North Sea and in formation. Then to split up, using the cloud as cover fly independently over Denmark, then the Baltic leading to Danzig.
Cloud cover was expected to clear over the target - the U-Boat yards at Danzig, the aircraft was then to climb to normal bombing height returning to England during darkness. This amounted to a round trip of 1,500 miles, the most distant target the R.A.F. had yet attempted to reach.
The Missing Research and Enquiry Service report (M.R.E.S)
The plan worked well apart from some of the aircraft not identifying the target and bombed the general town.
Two aircraft were lost to flak during the raid with the remainder making is safely back to England. The other aircraft lost being the 97 Squadron Lancaster R5696 OF-H flown by Fl/Lt Charles Miller DFC.
Fl/Sgt. George Henry Duke. Malbork C.W. Cemetery. Coll grave 3.B.12-14. Son of Henry James Duke and May Duke; husband of Marie Duke, of Sherwood, Nottingham, England.
Fl/Sgt. Kenneth Harry Hart. Malbork C.W. Cemetery. Coll grave 3.B.12-14. Son of Harry and Ada Hart; husband of Barbara May Hart, of Dalton, Huddersfield, England.
Sgt. Frank Routledge. Malbork C.W. Cemetery. Coll grave 3.B.12-14. Son of John A. Routledge and Elizabeth Routledge, of Wembley Park, Middlesex, England.
Sgt. Harold Arthur Storey. Malbork C.W. Cemetery. Coll grave 3.B.12-14. N.o.K details currently not available - are you able to assist completion of these and any other information?
P/O. Kenneth James Shirley. Malbork C.W. Cemetery. Coll grave 3.B.12-14. Son of Ernest Shirley and of Ethel Mary Shirley, of St. Leonards-on-Sea, Sussex, England.
Fl/Sgt. David Adrian Boldy. Malbork C.W. Cemetery. Coll grave 3.B.12-14. Son of Amerkan David and Lily May Boldy.
Fl/Sgt. Allan Percival Cullerne. Malbork C.W. Cemetery. Coll grave 3.B.12-14. Son of Arthur Stanley and Jessie Constance Cullerne, of Pinner, Middlesex, England.
Researched for relatives/friends of the crew. Acknowledgments: Leanne Saunders from Australia, Bill Chorley - "Bomber Command Losses" Vol 3, Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt "Bomber Command War Diaries", the work of the C.W.G.C.