13/14.09.1942 No. 44 Squadron Lancaster I W4169 KM-S F/O. Holland
Date: 13/14th September 1942 (Sunday/Monday)
Unit: No. 44 Squadron (Rhodesia)
Type: Lancaster I
Base: RAF Waddington, Lincolnshire
Pilot: F/O. Christopher Thomas Holland 80116 RAFVR Age 23. Killed
Fl/Eng: Sgt. Alexander Lewis Goodyer 777815 RAFVR PoW No: 27015 Camp: Stalag Lamsdorf (344)
Nav: Sgt. Robert Ernest Williams 778447 RAFVR Age ? Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Donald Norman Huntley 777675 RAFVR Age 20. Killed (1)
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. George Leyton Fiddler 83103 RCAF Age 22. Killed
Air/Gnr: F/O. Charles Henry Lovegrove 109919 RAFVR Age 19. Killed
Air/Gnr: Sgt. Paul Cameron Murphy 641455 RAF Age 21. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Leaving RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire to join 332 other aircraft on an operation to bomb Bremen including many from Operational Training Units to make up numbers.
It is reported that the raid was heavy with 848 houses destroyed and Bremen industry suffering considerable damage with the Lloyds dynamo works put out of act for some two weeks and various parts of the Focke-Wulf factory for up to 8 days. 5 nearly completed aircraft were destroyed and 3 more damaged. 70 people on the ground were killed and a further 371 injured.
The allies were also to suffer with some 15 Wellingtons, 2 Lancasters, 1 Halifax, 1 Hampden, 1 Stirling and 1 Whitley were lost, with 87 aircrew killed, another 28 being made PoW.
Lancaster W4169 was intercepted and shot down by the night fighter ace, Oblt. Manfred Meurer (2 - shown above
) of 3./NJG1 at 03:26 hrs over Venlo, this was his 6th claim of the war.
(1) The family of Sgt. Donald Huntley suffered the loss of two more of the family. Sgt. Frederick Hope Huntley 777676 RAFVR piloting Lancaster I W4138 JF-U
whilst with 1654 HCU - shot down Just a few days later on the 17th September 1942. Buried at the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery. Rifleman Roland Campbell Huntley (spelt Huntly on the CWGC website) 6852941 1st Battalion, Kings Royal Rifle Corps - killed on the 27th November 1942. Buried at the Benghazi War Cemetery.
(2) Hptm. Manfred Meurer went on to claim a total of 63 allied aicraft, before he was killed with his Funker Ofw. Gerhard Scheibe flying a Heinkel 219 A-O G9+BB during a collision with a Lancaster on the 21/22nd January 1944 over Magdeburg. (shown left - courtesy Kracker archives)
F/O. Christopher Thomas Holland. Epe General Cemetery. Plot 2. Row 10. Grave 622. Son of John Sothern Holland and Joan Holland, of Umtali, Southern Rhodesia and husband of Dorah Gwendolynn Holland. Grave inscription reads: “God’s Greatest Gift, Remembrance. Lynn”. Attended High School in Southern Rhodesia with Sgt. Donald Norman Huntley.
Sgt. Robert Ernest Williams. Epe General Cemetery. Plot 2. Row 10. Grave 623. Son of John J. Williams, and of Annie Alfreda Williams, of Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia. Grave inscription reads: “He Gave His Life That Other’s Might Enjoy A Better World”.
Sgt. Donald Norman Huntley. Epe General Cemetery. Plot 2. Row 10. Grave 620. Born in Salisbury, Rhodesia on the 26th September 1921, the son of Norman Hugh Goldhawk and Myrtle Huntly. Attended High School in Southern Rhodesia with F/O. Christopher Thomas Holland.
Fl/Sgt. George Leyton Fiddler. Epe General Cemetery. Plot 2. Row 10. Grave 621. Son of Mr and Mrs. John Fiddler of Montealm Street, Windsor, Ontario, Canada
F/O. Charles Henry Lovegrove. Epe General Cemetery. Plot 2. Row 10. Grave 619. Son of Wilfred A. and Florence K. Lovegrove and husband of Barbara Joan Lovegrove, of Didcot, Berkshire, England. Grave inscription reads: “Treasured In Life. Remembered In Death. A Beautiful Memory Is All I Have Left”.
Sgt. Paul Cameron Murphy. Epe General Cemetery. Plot 2. Row 10. Grave 624. Son of Mr. and Mrs. George E. Murphy, of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Grave inscription reads: “Requiescat In Pace”.
Memorial erected by the ‘Stichting Broken Wings 1940 - 1945 on September 14th 2011. A great organisation that we hope to work closer with in the future.
Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this crew with thanks to Elaine Hardwick (relative of Sgt. Donald Norman Huntley) Wouter van Dijken for grave photographs. Also thanks to Hermien Schellenberg of the Stichting Broken Wings 1940 - 1945 Stichting Broken Wings 1940 - 1945.