25/26.06.1943 No. 9 Squadron Lancaster III ED831 WS-H Sq/Ldr. Alan M. Hobbs DFC
Operation:Gelsenkirchen, Ruhr, Germany
Date: 25/26th June 1943
Unit: 9 Squadron
Type: Lancaster III
Location: IJsselmeer, 20 km East South East of Edam, Holland.
Pilot: Sq/Ldr. Alan Murray Hobbs DFC N/Z40230 RNZAF Age 25. Killed
Nav/Bmr: F/O. John Hamilton Sams 106546 RAFVR Age 27. Killed
Fl/Eng: Sgt. Fred William Sanderson 573844 R.A.F. Age 30. Killed
Nav/Bmr: P/O. Kenneth George Mott 148375 RAFVR Age 20. Killed
Air/Bmr: Sgt. Charles Parnell King 1383417 RAFVR Age ? Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Edwin Charles Bishop 1200299 RAFVR Age 30. Killed
Air/Gnr: Sgt. Walter Clive Rowlands 1575968 RAFVR Age 20. Killed
Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. William Slater 1575183 RAFVR Age 21. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Took off from Bardney, Lincolnshire at 22.30 hrs part of a large raid of 473 RAF aircraft to attack Gelsenkirchen in the Ruhr. Weather was cloudy and no moon until about 03.00hrs.
Shot down at 02.09 hrs around 16.000 ft by Hptm. August Geiger (1), with the aircraft came down at IJsselmeer, 20 km East South East of Edam, Holland. Sgt. Sams had only reported to the squadron that afternoon from 1660 OTU and this was his first flight with them.
Hptm. August Geiger on the left with Hptm. Lutje
The German who claimed the kill was a night fighter ace who also on this same raid, shot down a Stirling from 218 squadron (EF430, HA-W - all the crew survived as PoWs) and a Halifax II, this one from 51 squadron (HR731, MH-C - all the crew killed).
(1) Hptm. August Geiger (49 kills) was later shot down by W/Cmr. Bob Braham from 141 Beaufighter squadron after a fierce dogfight on September 29th 1943. See Kracker Archive on this site.
Left: the various crew cemeteries.
Sq/Ldr. Alan Murray Hobbs DFC Amsterdam New Eastern Cemetery. Plot 69. Row B. Coll. grave 15. Son of Alan Edgar and Greta Hobbs, of Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand.
F/O. John Hamilton Sams. Amsterdam New Eastern Cemetery. Plot 69. Row B. Coll. grave 15. Son of Henry Hamilton and of Ivy Maud Sams, of Leatherhead, Surrey, England.
Sgt. Fred William Sanderson. Amsterdam New Eastern Cemetery. Plot 69. Row B. Coll. grave 17. Son of Fred Sanderson, and of Hilda Elizabeth Sanderson, of Ryelands, Lancashire, England.
P/O. Kenneth George Mott. Schellinkhout Protestant Churchyard. Grave 26. Son of Frederick George and Florence Jessie Mott, of Earlsfield, London, England.
Sgt. Charles Parnell King. Harderwijk General Cemetery. British Plot 2. Grave 4. Next of Kin details currently not available - are you able to assist completion of these and any other information?
Sgt. Edwin Charles Bishop. Amsterdam New Eastern Cemetery. Plot 69. Row B. Coll. grave 15. Son of William George and Annie Rosa Bishop; husband of Ivy Kate Bishop, of Kingsworthy, Hampshire, England.
Sgt. Walter Clive Rowlands. Amsterdam New Eastern Cemetery. Plot 69. Row B. Coll. grave 17. Son of John Wilfred and Emilia Rowlands, of Newtown, Montgomeryshire, Wales.
Fl/Sgt. William Slater. Amersfoort (Oud Leusden) General Cemetery. Plot 13, Row 8. Grave 16. Son of Adam and Sarah Elizebeth Slater, husband of Beatrice Slater, of West Hallam, Derbyshire, England.
Further information supplied by Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vols. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Tom Kracker - 'Kracker Luftwaffe Archives’, Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vols. 1 and 2', Commonwealth War Graves Commission.