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149 Squadron Crest
23/24.08.1943 No. 149 Squadron Stirling III EE894 OJ-R Fl/Sgt. Arthur E. May

Operation: Berlin

Date: 23/24th August 1943

Unit: 149 Squadron

Type: Stirling III

Serial: EE894

Code: OJ-R

Location: Near Hannover, Germany.

Pilot: Fl/Sgt. Arthur Ernest May 656422 RAFVR Age 24. Missing 

Nav: Sgt. Jack Allen Hobbs 1600365 RAFVR Age 20. Missing

Fl/Eng: Sgt. W.A. Long PoW No: 222527 Camp: 4b - Stalag Mühlberg-Elbe

Air/Bmr: Fl/Sgt. Herbert John French 1337669 RAFVR Age 22. Missing

W/Op: Sgt. Frederick William Robert Day 1333356  RAFVR Age 22. Missing

Air/Gnr: Sgt. Thomas James Lucy 1812408 RAFVR Age 19. Missing

Air/Gnr: Sgt. Richard AlbertFreeman 1389597 RAFVR Age 20. Mising


Took off from Lakenheath at 20.35 hrs. Part of a huge raid on Berlin on which 710 Lancasters, Halifaxes and Stirlings took part plus a further 17 Mosquito's. 


149 Squadron Stirling III EE894 OJ-R on a refuelling and service stop.


A total of 56 Aircraft failed to return, 31 came down over the target area. 4 claimed by German Flak and 51 claimed by the German night fighters. 149 Squadron lost another crew during this operation, Stirling III BK765 OJ-F, flown by Sq/Ldr. J.J.E. Mahoney. Six crew including the pilot taken PoW, the Fl/Eng. Sgt Burton remained in the aircraft and was killed.


Stalag Mühlberg-Elbe (Wikipedia)

EE894 was shot down by one of these night fighters and crashed near Hannover, all but one of the crew were killed, with the flight engineer, Sgt. Long bailing out to became a PoW at 4b - Stalag Mühlberg-Elbe (shown above)

Burial Details:

Fl/Sgt. Arthur Ernest May. Runnymede War Memorial. Panel 138. Son of Sidney Henry Julian and Louisa, husband of Doris Maud, of Canonbury, London, England.

Sgt. Jack Allen Hobbs. Runnymede War Memorial. Panel 153. Son of Henry Charles and Eva Hobbs, of Twickenham, Middlesex, England.

Sgt. Frederick William Robert Day. Runnymede War Memorial. Panel 147. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Thomas, of Belvedere, Kent, husband of E. E. Day, of Belvedere, England.

Fl/Sgt. Herbert John French. Runnymede War Memorial. Panel 136. Son of Albert Ernest and Ada Matilda, of Wokingham, Berkshire, England.

Sgt. Thomas James Lucy. Runnymede War Memorial. Panel 157. Son of Thomas J. and Mary Lucy, of Islington, London, England.

Sgt. Richard Albert Freeman. Runnymede War Memorial. Panel 150. Son of Richard C. T. and Annie E. Freeman, of East Ham, Essex, England.

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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