15/16.07.1944 207 Squadron Lancaster I ME807 EM-S Flt.Lt. Jones
Date: 15/16th July 1944 (Saturday/Sunday)
Unit: 207 Squadron
Type: Lancaster I
Base: RAF Spilsby, Lincolnshire.
Location: Marnay near Lignieres-de-Touraine, Indre et Loire, France.
Pilot: Flt.Lt. George Leeson Jones, 127237 RAFVR Age 30. Killed
2nd. Pilot: Fg.Off. Edward Dalgleish, 177620 RAFVR Age 25. Killed
Flt.Eng: Plt.Off. Barrington St. John Woollard, 179243 RAFVR Age 23. Killed
Nav: Fg.Off. Frank Reginald Tickle, 409772 RAAF Age 34. Killed
Air/Bmr: Plt.Off. Frederick George Graham, J/88399 RCAF Age 21. Killed (1)
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Joseph Harold Fellows, 1581317 RAFVR Age 21. Killed
Air/Gnr: Sgt. Richard Arthur Gaut, 2220609 RAFVR Age 19. Killed
Air/Gnr: Plt.Off.. Michael James Wallace Cantwell, J/90372 RCAF Age 18. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS
Bomber Commands operational plan called for simultaneous raids on railway marshalling yards in France. The raiding force, which was comprised of 222 Lancasters and 7 Mosquitoes, would split once over the French coast, one half headed for Nevers 130 miles to the south of Paris and the other to Châlons sur Marne 90 miles to the east.
Flt.Lt. Jones and crew took off from their base at Spilsby at 22:14 hours. Five minutes later, Flt.Lt. William Murphy piloting Lancaster ME851 of RAAF 467 Sqn, took off from RAF Waddington - both destined for Nevers.
The Squadron Operational Record Book notes: ‘Fine: 13 aircraft detailed for operations later reduced to 6 and one reserve, 6 took off to attack Nevers, one (Flt.Lt. Jones with Plt.Off. Dalglish) failed to return. Other crews report seeing what appeared to be a collision over the target, aircraft seen to disintegrate.’ Later reports confirmed that Jones’ aircraft had collided with a 467 Sqn Lancaster at 0300 hours over the target area. Both aircraft disintegrated and all crew members were killed. The aircraft crashed and exploded in flames at Marnay in the Commune of Lignieres.
L to R: Fg.Off. Edward Dalgleish, Sgt. Joseph Fellows, Sgt. Richard Gault
Photo's of Dalgleish and Gault courtesy of Alison Dalgleish and Pierre Vandervelden
(1) Graham Lake east of Nejanilini Lake, Manitoba is named after P/O Graham.
Flt.Lt. George Leeson Jones, Lignieres de Touraine Communal Cemetery, Row B Grave 1. Born on 24th August 1913, the Son of William James Jones and Mildred Elizabeth Ann Jones, of Swansea, Wales.
He joined the West Sussex Constabulary on the 25th March1939 where he served in Shoreham. PC Jones then joined the RAF. He became a Lancaster Pilot flying at least 21 operational sorties
Memorial at the Chichester Police Station remembering Police Constables from the West Sussex Constabulary, five of whom were killed in action servicing with the Royal Air Force in Bomber Command. (Courtesy Jonathan Ford from the Sussex Constabulary)
Of the eight remembered on the right hand panel are Fg.Off. Lewis Walter Castle Austin, Plt.Off. Frank William Cosens DFC, Flt.Lt. George Leeson Jones (this report), Sgt. Richard Edwards and Plt.Off. William Charles Sutton.
Fg.Off. Edward Dalgleish, Lignieres de Touraine Communal Cemetery, Row B Grave 5. Son of Edward and Catherine Agnes Webster (nee Hanley) Dalgleish, husband of Margaret Emily Maude (nee Moore) Dalgleish of Leith, Midlothian, Scotland.
Plt.Off. Barrington St.John Woollard, Lignieres de Touraine Communal Cemetery, Row B Joint Grave 2. Son of William Robert and Editha Agnes Woollard of Norbury, London, England.
Fg.Off. Frank Reginald Tickle, Lignieres de Touraine Communal Cemetery, Row A Grave 6. Son of Ephraim John Gerrard Tickle and Esther Tickle; husband of Phyllis Margaret Tickle of South Yarra, Victoria, Australia.
Plt.Off. Frederick George Graham, Lignieres de Touraine Communal Cemetery, Row A Grave 5. Son of Joseph Frederick and Amy (nee Thorley) Graham of Oak Lake, Manitoba, Canada. Further details: Born and educated in Oak Lake, Plt.Off Graham enlisted in the RCAF on January 15, 1942. After graduating from Central Navigation School, Rivers, Manitoba on April 13 1943, he was posted overseas completing 20 operations over enemy territory.
Sgt. Joseph Harold Fellows, Lignieres de Touraine Communal Cemetery Row B Joint Grave 2. Son of Joseph and Ethel May (nee Croome) Fellows of Stourport-on-Severn, Worcestershire, England.
Sgt. Richard Arthur Gaut, Lignieres de Touraine Communal Cemetery Row A Grave 2. Son of Abraham and Emily Gaut of Donnington, Shropshire, England.
Plt.Off. Michael James Wallace Cantwell, Lignieres de Touraine Communal Cemetery, Row A Grave 8. Son of James W. Cantwell and Mary Ellen Cantwell of Campbelltown, New Brunswick, Canada.
The crew members of ME807 and ME851 are buried side by side at Lignieres de Touraine.
(Photo courtesy Pierre Vandervelden, IN MEMORY)
Researched and written for Aircrew Remembered by Colin Bamford and dedicated to Alison Dalgleish, niece of Fg.Off. Dalgleish and her daughter Corinne and all the families of the crew of Lancaster ME807. Thanks to Jonathan Ford from the Sussex Constabulary for the images of the memorial.