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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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139 Squadron Crest
06/07.08.1944 139 Squadron Mosquito XX KB202 Fl/Lt. John H. Kenny DFC

Operation: Castrop-Rauxel Dortmund

Date: 6/7th August 1944 (Sunday/Monday)

Unit: No. 139 Squadron

Type: Mosquito XX

Serial: KB202

Code: XD-?

Base: RAF Upwood, Huntingdonshire

Location: At base airfield.

Pilot: Fl/Lt. John Henry Kenny DFC and bar 67700 RAFVR Age 30. Killed

Nav: F/O. Martin Henry Ove Levin DFC. 147010 RAFVR Age 22. Killed


Taking off at 22:15 hrs from RAF Upwood, Huntingdonshire to bomb the synthetic oil production works at Castrop-Rauxel, near Dortmund. 40 Mosquitoes taking part on this operation.

After returning from the operation whilst attempting to land in heavy fog at their home base they overshot, crashing into a house with the aircraft catching fire. Tragically two other crew members from 156 squadron, who had also just returned from an operation, also lost their lives (see burial details below)

Another Mosquito KB118 from this squadron was lost during the operation. Flown by F/O. Bobbie Hooke 133562 RAFVR.

Burial details:

Fl/Lt. John Henry Kenny DFC. and bar. Southampton (Hollybrook) Cemetery. Section K.3.Grave 178. Son of George Frederick Ernest and Frances Charlotte Kenny of Eastbourne, Sussex, England. Grave inscription reads: “Dearly Loved Only Son Of George And Francis Kenny. God’s Gift - Remembrance.”

F/O. Martin Henry Ove Levin DFC. Bury Cemetery, Huntingdonshire. Row D.Grave 24. Son of Ove Hubert and Christine Mary Levin Of Cromer, Norfolk, England. Grave inscription reads: “He Hath Made Everything Beautiful In His Time.”

Other fatalities:

22 year old, Fl/Sgt. Allan Lawson Rookes 1479035 RAFVR. York Cemetery. Section D. Grave 37.11965. Son of Charles and Jessie Rookes, of York, England.

23 year old, Fl/Sgt. David Winlow 1503797 RAFVR. Murton Cemetery. Sec G. Row. K. Grave 6. Son of Adam and Margaret Winlow of Murton, County Durham, England.

Researched by Aircrew Remembered, researcher and specialist genealogist Linda Ibrom for relatives of this crew. Further sources as quoted below.

KTY 22.07.2015 Map added

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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