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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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9 Squadron Crest
19/20.02.1944 No. 9 Squadron Lancaster III W5010 WS-L Fl/Sgt. Denis P.J. Froud

Operation: Leipzig

Date: 19/20th February 1944 (Saturday/Sunday)

Unit: No. 9 Squadron

Type: Lancaster III

Serial: W5010

Code: WS-L

Base: RAF Bardney, Lincolnshire

Location: Near Stendal, Germany

Pilot: Fl/Sgt. Denis Percy John Froud 1390463 RAFVR Age 22. Killed

Fl/Eng: Sgt. Fred Harman 1391110 RAFVR Age ? Killed

Nav: Sgt. David Brynor Carlick 1586665 RAFVR Age 21. Killed

Air/Bmr: Fl/Sgt. Leonard Thomas Fairclough 1450687 RAFVR Age 20. Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Wilfred Henry Shirley 1436419 RAFVR Age 19. Killed

Air/Gnr: Sgt. Stanley Lewis Jones 1652966 RAFVR Age ? Killed

Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. Robert Lloyd Biers J/86395 RCAF Age 19. Killed


Took off from RAF Bardney in Lincolnshire at 23:48 hrs. to attack the Messerschmidt factory - Luftwaffe night fighters and anti-aircraft batteries were ready and attacked as soon as they flew over the coast. Some 70 of the bomber stream were shot dow with over 400 aircrew killed, over 100 taken PoW.

Lancaster W5010 crashed near Stendal, Germany, where all were initially laid to rest. It is thought ‘probable that they were brought down by anti-aircraft fire as no night fighter claims can be found to date.

In the post war years the crew were re interred in the 1939-1945 Berlin War Cemetery.

Burial details:

Fl/Sgt. Denis Percy John Froud. 1939-1945 Berlin War Cemetery. Grave 8.E.2. Know as “Denny”,the son of Percy Lewis and Florence Marion Froud of Leyton, Essex, England. Grave inscription reads: “In Loving Memory Of Denny. Beloved By All.”

Sgt. Fred Harman. 1939-1945 Berlin War Cemetery. Grave 8.E.3. No further details - are you able to assist?

Sgt. David Brynor Carlick. 1939-1945 Berlin War Cemetery. Collective grave 8.G. 1-16. Further information: Born on the 11th of June 1922, David was the only son of Samuel and Beatrice May (née Andrews) Carlick of Treharris, Glamorgan, Wales, grandson of Mr T. Andrews, JP of Treharris, the veteran miners leader. David Carlick was educated at Quakers Yard Secondary School where he was an outstanding athlete and a member of the rugby team. He later joined the Saltley College, Birmingham which was evacuated to Exeter.There he became a member of the University A.T.C. He was also a member of the Tabernacle chapel, Treharris and a playing member of its orchestra. Grave inscription reads: “Some Day Some Time But Oh, Not Yet: Yes, We Will Wait And Not Forget.”

Fl/Sgt. Leonard Thomas Fairclough. 1939-1945 Berlin War Cemetery. Grave 8.E.5. Son of Paul and Alice Evelyn Fairclough of Adlington, Lancashire, England. Grave inscription reads: “Let Light Perpetual Shine Upon Him.”

Sgt. Wilfred Henry Shirley. 1939-1945 Berlin War Cemetery. Grave 8.E.6. Son of Mrs W.H. Shirley of Langley, Worcestershire, England.

Sgt. Stanley Lewis Jones. 1939-1945 Berlin War Cemetery. Grave 8.E.4. No further details - are you able to assist?

Fl/Sgt. Robert Lloyd Biers. 1939-1945 Berlin War Cemetery. Grave 8.E.1. Son of Harold J and Sadie M. Biers of Cochrave, Onatario, Canada. Grave inscription reads: “In Loving Memory Of A Dear Son And Brother.”

Researched by Aircrew Remembered, researcher and specialist genealogist Linda Ibrom for relatives of this crew - June 2016. Special thanks to Ian Grant and family for photo's and information on his relation Sergeant Carlick.

LI - 13-06-2016

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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