30.09.1939 224 Squadron Hudson I N7219 QX:V Plt.Off. Heaton-Nichols
Operation: Reconnaissance (Sylt)
Date: 30th September 1939 (Saturday)
Unit: Squadron (Coastal Command.)
Type: Lockheed Hudson I.
Location: Sylt Northern Germany.
Pilot: Plt.Off. D. G. Heaton-Nicholls 27275 RAF Age? PoW No: 22 Camp: Stalag Luft Sagan and Bellaria
Pilot: Sgt. James Pearce 564932 RAF Age 25. Killed.
WOp/Air Gnr: AC1 Albert Sill 520315 RAF Age 25. Killed.
Air/Gnr: AC1 Albert Thomason 530618 RAF Age 25. Killed.
Relatives are seeking any further information and or photographs of AC Albert Sill - please contact us in the first instance.
REASON FOR LOSS
This aircraft took off from its base at Leuchars on a photo reconnaissance operation to the island of Sylt. Shot down by flak from Marineflakabteilung 264, and crashed 300 yards from the beach. The flak battery reported two parachutes.
Those killed were initially buried at List, Sylt, on the 2nd of October 1939 but now rest in Kiel War Cemetery.
224 Squadron Lockheed Hudson I
The crew were buried by the Luftwaffe with full military honours. Plt.Off Heaton-Nicholls can be seen with arm in a sling between Luftwaffe personnel saluting.
Left: Kiel War Cemetery (courtesy CWGC)
Sgt. James Pearce. Kiel War Cemetery. Plot 4. Row F. Grave 15. Born in 1914 in East Looe, Cornwall. Son of James Collins and Matilda Prynn (née Gaskell) from East Looe, Cornwall, England.
AC1 Albert Sill. Kiel War Cemetery. Plot 4. Row F. Grave 14. Born in April 1914 in Easington, Durham. Son of Simon and Elizabeth (née Taylor) Sill from County Durham, England. His mother predeceased him in July 1939.
AC1 Albert Thomason. Kiel War Cemetery. Plot 4. Row F. Grave 13. Son of Edward and Caroline Thomason, of Newton Heath, Manchester, England.
Researched for and dedicated to the relatives of the crew. Aircrew Remembered have been contacted by Mary Doyle (Sill) in January 2016 - seeking further information, her father was the brother of Albert Sill. NoK details for Sgt. Pearce and AC1 Sill updated by Aircrew Remembered (Nov 2020).