23/24.06.1944 No. 156 Squadron Lancaster III JB230 GT-S P/O. Langford D.F.C.
Operation: Ecques, Coubronne, Pas-de-Calais, France
Date: 23rd/24th June 1944 (Friday/Saturday)
Unit: No. 156 Squadron
Type: Lancaster lll
Base: RAF Upwood, Cambridgeshire
Location: Zuytpeene, Nord, France
Pilot: P/O. Denis Langford DFC. 171907 RAFVR Age 21. Killed
Fl/Eng: Fl/Lt. Robert Edward Manvell DFC. DFM. 51737 RAF Age ? Killed
Nav: W/O 1. Henry William Davy DFC. R/107107 RCAF Age 22. Killed
Air/Bmr: Fl/Sgt. John Eric Price 177570 RAFVR Age? PoW No 279. Camp L7 Stalag Luft Bankau-Kreuiberg
W/Op: Fl/Sgt. Fred Urch 1382396 RAFVR Age 28. Killed
Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. Edward Bonsor Riley 1815835 RAFVR Age 20. Killed
Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. George Arthur Wilby 1590994 RAFVR Age ? Killed
Relatives of the pilot contacted us in April 2016 and would very much like to make contact with relatives of Fl/Sgt. John E. Price - please contact us in the first instance.
REASON FOR LOSS:
Took off from RAF Upwood at 23:54hrs. on a bombing raid of the V1 site in the village of Ecques, Coubronne, France. Nothing was heard from this aircraft after takeoff. It may have been shot down by a night fighter or hit by flak.
In total 412 aircraft took part in this operation to attack 4 flying bomb sites. 226 Lancasters, 164 Halifaxes, 22 Mosquitoes of No. 3, 4, 6 and 8 Groups. All sites were hit, but with a loss of 5 Lancasters
V1 ramp at Coubronne Reconstruction of a V1 ramp and detailed description of a flying bomb, France
W/O1 Davy DFC Zuytpeene Churchyard 2nd and 3rd rows Runnymede Memorial
P/O. Denis Langford is remembered on the memorial plaque in Mayfield School, Portsmouth
P/O. Denis Langford. DFC. Runnymede Memorial, Panel 211. Son of Albert Charles and Daisy Rhoda Langford of Portsmouth, Hampshire, England. Denis is remembered on the War Memorial plaque in the old Northern Grammar School, Portsmouth (now Mayfield School)
Fl/Lt. Robert Edward Manvell. DFC. DFM. Zuytpeene Churchyard, Nord, France. Row C. Grave 1. Son of Albert Edward and Alice Elizabeth Manvell of New Eltham, London, England. While serving with 97 Squadron Sgt. R. E. Manvell was awarded the DFM London Gazette 14th May 1943. Acting Fl/Lt. Manvell was awarded the DFC. while serving with 156 Squadron. London Gazette 6th June 1944
W/O 1. Henry William Davy. DFC. Zuytpeene Churchyard, Nord, France. Row C. Grave 4. Son of Henry William and Louise Agnes Davy of Bend, Oregon, U.S.A. Henry was born on the 23rd October 1921 in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada. W/O. Davy was awarded the DFC while serving with 156 Squadron. London Gazette 30th June 1944. Davy Lake in Canada was named after Henry William Davy DFC.
Fl/Sgt. Fred Urch. Zuytpeene Churchyard, Nord, France. Row D. Grave 1. Son of William James Urch and Mary Anne Urch of Llanhilleth, Monmouthshire. Fred was born in 1915 in Bedwellty, Monmouthshire, Wales.
Fl/Sgt. Edward Bonsor Riley. Zuytpeene Churchyard, Nord, France. Row C. Grave 2. Son of Edward Herbert and Elizabeth Riley of Humberstone, Leicester. Edward was born in 1924 in Leicester, Lincolnshire, England.
Fl/Sgt. George Arthur Wilby. Zuytpeene Churchyard, Nord, France. Row C. Grave 3. No further information as yet - are you able to assist?.
Researched by: Kate Tame of Aircrew Remembered and for all the relatives of the crew. Acknowledgements: With special thanks to Bill Barry Saskatchewan Virtual War Memorial, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Bomber Command Losses , Laurent Bailleul, Pierre Ben Somme Aviation 39-45.