28/29.06.1944 No. 10 Squadron Halifax LW717 ZA-W P/O. Martin Livesey
Date: 28/29th June 1944 (Wednesday/Thursday)
Unit: No. 10 Squadron
Type: Halifax III
Base: RAF Melbourne, Yorkshire
Location: Near Feigneux, France
Pilot: P/O. Martin Livesey 175822 RAFVR Age 23. Killed
Fl/Eng: Sgt. John Randolph Sissons 1622340 RAFVR Age 20. Killed
Nav: Fl/Sgt. Alfred Gordon Rhodes 1585767 RAFVR Age ? Killed
Air/Bmr: P/O. Thomas Govan Evans J/86832 RCAF Age 21. Killed (1)
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. Leonard William Hughes 1442941 RAFVR Age 22. Killed
Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. William Tudberry AUS/429161 RAAF Age 20. Killed
Air/Gnr: Sgt. Kenneth Ernest Chandler 1162631 RAFVR Age 24. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Leaving RAF Melbourne at 22:13 hrs. part of a group made up of 202 Halifaxes and a further 28 Pathfinder Lancasters to attack railway yards at both Blainville and Metz. Both targets were hit.
Crew L-R: Fl/Sgt. Alfred Gordon "Dusty" Rhodes, Fl/Sgt. William Tudberry, Sgt. Kenneth Ernest Chandler, P/O. Martin Livesey, P/O. Thomas Govan "Dusty" Evans, Fl/Sgt. Leonard William Hughes, Sgt. John Randolph Sissons. (courtesy Trevor Hughes nephew of Fl/Sgt. Leonard Hughes) Front ground crew - no names available as yet.
Possibly shot down by Uffz. Heinz Siebert (2) of 2./NJG5 at 00.40 hrs. crashing near Feigneux (Oise), 5km NE of Crepy-en-Valois.
Pentney War Memorial Stone (courtesy Ken Kemp)
Sgt Robert Reginald Kemp also shown on this stone was killed when the Wellington LN660 KJ-O from 11 OTU that he was a member of the crew collided with a 90 Squadron Stirling III EH989 WP-P. All 15 crew members from both aircraft were killed. Also shown 24 year old Pte. Kenneth Thomas William Towler 7612920 of the RAOC attached to the Royal Horse Artillery.
(1) Evans Hill north of Shannon Lake renamed after P/O. Thomas Govan Evans in 1995
(2) The first of 10 claims by Uffz. Siebert, survived the war despite being wounded on the 16th March 1945 in a crash landing at Bayreuth returning from an operation. No further details of what happened to him after this. (See Kracker Archive on this site)
P/O. Martin Livesey. Feigneux Communal Cemetery. Grave Mil.row G.1. From Barnsley, Yorkshire, England. Next of kin details not available - can you assist?
Fl/Eng: Sgt. John Randolph Sissons. Feigneux Communal Cemetery. Grave Mil. row G.2. Son of George Randolph and Winifred Margaret Sissons of Hull, England.
Fl/Sgt. Alfred Gordon Rhodes. Feigneux Communal Cemetery. Grave Mil. row G.3. Next of kin details not available - can you assist?
P/O. Thomas Govan Evans. Feigneux Communal Cemetery. Grave Mil. row G.6. From Winnipeg, Mantitoba, Canada. Next of kin details not available - can you assist?
Fl/Sgt. Leonard William Hughes. Feigneux Communal Cemetery. Grave Mil. row G.4. Son of Florence Hughes of Pentney, Norfolk. Also remembered on a war memorial stone in his home village of Pentney, Norfolk, England.
Fl/Sgt. William Tudberrys. Feigneux Communal Cemetery. Grave Mil. row G.3. Son of George William and Lily Tudberry of Willoughby, New South Wales, Australia. Born on 25th October 1923 in Clifton, Queensland, Australia. Enlisted in Sydney, Australia.
Sgt. Kenneth Ernest Chandler. Feigneux Communal Cemetery. Grave Mil. row G.7. Son of Ernest Albert and Ethel Chandler of Derby and husband of Hilda Chandler of Littleover, Derby, England.
Researched by Aircrew Remembered, researcher and specialist genealogist Linda Ibrom for relatives of this crew. Special thanks to Ken Kemp for Pentney War Memorial stone photo. Also to Trevor Hughes who sent in the crew photograph - March 2017.