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03.08.1944 No 460 Squadron Lancaster III PB125 AR-L F/O. Fidock

Operation: Trossy

Date: 03rd August 1944 (Thursday)

Unit: No. 460 Squadron (RAAF)

Type: Lancaster III

Serial: PB125

Code: AR-L

Base: RAF Binbrook, Lincolnshre.

Location: St. Maclou-de-Folleville, France

Pilot: F/O. Robert Clive Fidock AUS/417296 RAAF Age 27. Killed

Fl/Eng: Sgt. Derek Cecil Stock 1626766 RAFVR Age 20. Killed

Nav: Fl/Sgt. Robert Hugh Jones 1464205 RAFVR Age 23. Killed

Air/Bmr: Fl/Sgt. William Roy Hullett AUS/427328 RAAF Age 34. Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. Kenneth Frederick Heidtman AUS/423729 RAAF Age 22. Killed

Air/Gnr: Sgt. John Edward Trollope 1636341 RAFVR Age 21. Killed

Air/Gnr: Sgt. James Burke 1523987 RAFVR Age 20. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

Taking off from RAF Binbrook, Lincolnshre at 11:38 on a daylight bombing operation to bomb the Flying Bomb sites at Trossy-St-Maximin. The flying bomb sites / storage areas were attacked for 6 consecutive days, this being the 4th operation.

On this day, 1114 aircraft took part in the bombing of three sites, Bois de Cassan, Forêt de Nieppe and this one. Weather was described as clear and the raids were classed as successful.

Left shot from a 460 Squadron on the bombing at Trossy-St-Maximin and right, 460 Squadron Lancaster at RAF Binbrook, Lincolnshre (courtesy IWM)

Brief details on this loss, seen to have been hit and been brought down by flak, witnesses saw the port wing blown off and the lancaster immediately entering into a spin. No parachutes were seen leaving the aircraft. The Lancaster crashed in the village of St. Maclou-de-Folleville, France.

Photographs of the graves and St. Maclou-de-Folleville Churchyard by our Kate Tame who visited the church and graves in 2012. Any relative who would like a higher resolution of the graves and or church please dont hesitate to contact us.

Burial details:

F/O. Robert Clive Fidock. St. Maclou-de-Folleville Churchyard. Grave 2. Son of Thomas Ernest Albert and Nellie Barker May Fidock, husband of Joyce Noeleen Fidock, of Gawler, South Australia. Enlisted on the 25th march 1942 in Adelaide. Had completed 13 operations prior to this, his final one. Born on 18th May 1917 in Hamley Bridge, Australia

Sgt. Derek Cecil Stock, St. Maclou-de-Folleville Churchyard. Grave 3. Son of Frederick and Elsie Stock, of Braintree, Essex, England.

Fl/Sgt. Robert Hugh Jones. St. Maclou-de-Folleville Churchyard. Grave 4. Son of Hugh and Elizabeth Jones, of Llanerchymedd, Anglesey, Wales.

Fl/Sgt. William Roy Hullett. St. Maclou-de-Folleville Churchyard. Grave 1. Son of Arthur Leslie and Honora Hullett, husband of May Hullett, of 365 Canning Highway, Como, Western Australia. Father to Melda Ann and Graeme Roy.Born on 24th March 1910 in Perth, Australia. Enlisted in Perth on 21st June 1942.

Fl/Sgt. Kenneth Frederick Heidtman. St. Maclou-de-Folleville Churchyard. Grave 7. Son of Charles Frederick and Lily Josephine Heidtman, of Hurstville, New South Wales, Australia. Born on 14th December 1921 in Forbes, New South Wales, Australia. Enlisted at Sydney, Australia.

Sgt. John Edward Trollope. St. Maclou-de-Folleville Churchyard. Grave 5. Son of William Brightmer Trollope and Hilda Trollope, of Norwich, Norfolk, England.

Sgt. James Burke. St. Maclou-de-Folleville Churchyard. Grave 6. Son of Bernard and Mary Burke, of Liverpool, England.

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this crew with thanks to sources shown below.

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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