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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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102 Squadron Crest
08/09.12.1942 No. 102 Squadron Halifax II W7925 DY-S Sgt. Brian J. Ketchell

Operation: Gardening

Date: 08/09th December 1942 (Tuesday/Wednesday)

Unit: No. 102 Squadron

Type: Halifax II

Serial: W7925

Code: DY-S

Base: RAF Pocklington, Yorkshire

Location: North Sea off Wangerooge, Frisian Islands

Pilot: Sgt. Brian John Ketchell 1155502 RAFVR Age 23. Missing - believed killed

Flight/Eng: Sgt. Cyril George Adnams 922704 RAFVR Age 28. Missing - believed killed

Obs: Sgt. Gordon Carruthers Haig R/93443 RCAF Age 31. Missing - believed killed

Air/Bmr: Sgt. Clarence Ames Massey R/82826 RCAF Age 25. Missing - believed killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. William Charles Parry 1067071 RAFVR Age 21. Missing - believed killed

Air/Gnr: Sgt. William Neville Hopwood 1095270 RAFVR Age ? Killed

Air/Gnr: Sgt. Frederick Ernest Arthur Box 1311922 RAFVR Age 34. Killed


Took off at 17:05 hrs from RAF Pocklington on a Gardening operation to the Heligoland approaches (Yams). Nothing further heard of and presumed crashed in the sea.

Further research by Aircrew Remembered has discovered that they were shot down by Luftwaffe an Naval flak batteries at 19:04 hrs with W7925 coming down in the North Sea North of Wangerooge, part of the Frisan Islands.

Two bodies, those of Sgt. William Hopwood and Sgt. Frederick Box were washed ashore on the 15th February and 19th January 1943, respectfully. They were both buried at Wittmund (north west of Wilhelshaven on map), but since 1945 their remains have been taken to Sage War Cemetery. The other crew members are commemorated at the Runnymede War Memorial.

Burial details:

Sgt. Brian John Ketchell. Runnymede War Memorial. Panel 87. Son of Richard John and Daisy Kate Ketchell, of Falmer, Sussex, England.

Sgt. Cyril George Adnams. Runnymede War Memorial. Panel 77. Son of Mr. and Mrs. George Adnams and husband of Beatrice Rose Elizabeth Adnams, of Oxford, England.

Sgt. Gordon Carruthers Haig. Runnymede War Memorial. Panel 104. Son of Mr. and Mrs. D.C. Haig of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Sgt. Clarence Ames Massey. Runnymede War Memorial. Panel 105. Son of Mr. and Mrs. C.W. massey of Morganston, Ontario, Canada.

Sgt. William Charles Parry. Runnymede War Memorial. Panel 91. Son of Frederick Curtis Parry, and of Ellen Muriel Parry, of Pontyrhyll, Glamorgan, Wales.

Sgt. William Neville Hopwood. Sage War Cemetery. Grave 3.E.12. No further details known as yet. - are you able to assist?

Sgt. Frederick Ernest Arthur Box. Sage War Cemetery. Grave 5.B.14. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Francis Henry Box and husband of Ethel Dora Box, of Southsea, Hampshire, England.

Researched by Aircrew Remembered and dedicated to the relatives of the crew. With thanks to sources as shown below.

KTY 25.12.2016

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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