25/16.06.1942 No.35 Squadron Halifax Mk III W1105 TL-N F/O. May
Operation: Bremen, Germany
Date: 25/26th June 1942 (Thursday/Friday)
Unit: No. 35 Squadron
Type: Halifax Mk II
Base: RAF Linton-on-Ouse, Yorkshire
Location: Near Oldenburg, Germany
Pilot: F/O. Herbert Gordon Badger May 104520 RAFVR Age ? Killed
Fl/Eng: Fl/Sgt. Robert George Gumbley 156458 RAF Age 42. Killed
Nav: Sgt. S. J. Harding 655392 RAFVR Age ? PoW No. 24969. Camp. VIII/334
Air/Bmr: P/O. R. H. Birch 107920 RAFVR Age ? PoW No. 462. Camp. L3
W/Op/Air/Gnr: P/O. Stanley Frank Hazleton 128445 RAFVR Age ? Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Arthur John Selby 1177286 RAFVR Age 28. Killed
Air/Gnr: Sgt. Ronald Willis Fisher 1058488 RAFVR Age 23. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Halifax W1105 took off from RAF Linton-on-Ouse at 22:56 for a bombing raid on Bremen. The aircraft was hit by flak and crashed near Oldenburg. Five of the crew were killed and two taken as PoW.
Over 1,000 aircraft took part in this raid. Part of the force was to bomb specific targets - factories and shipyards. The rest were to attack the town and the docks. The total loss of aircraft for this raid was 48
A Halifax Mk III of No.35 Squadron. Aircrew of No.35 Squadron at a briefing before take off
Sage War Cemetery. Sgt. R. W. Fisher is remembered on the Greasbrough War Memorial (courtesy of Stephen Farnell)
F/O. Herbert Gordon Badger May. Sage War Cemetery, Oldenburg, Niedersachsen, Germany. Coll. Grave 1. C. 1-3. Son of George Herbert Charles Mays and Edith Rose Mays. At the time of his death his address was 170 Kingshall Road, Beckenham, Kent, England. Herbert had worked for North British and Mercantile Insurance Company and is remembered on the companies Roll of Honour
Fl/Sgt. Gumbley's headstone (courtesy of Mitchell Gumbley - grandson)
Fl/Sgt. Robert George Gumbley. Sage War Cemetery, Oldenburg, Niedersachsen, Germany. Coll. Grave 1.C. 1-3. Son of Charles Ernest and Alice Matilda Gumbley. Husband of Violet Alma Gumbley of Romford, Essex, England. Robert is remembered on the Romford War Memorial.
P/O. Stanley Frank Hazleton. Sage War Cemetery, Oldenburg, Niedersachsen, Germany. Grave Ref. 1.C.4. No further information as yet - are you able to assist?
Sgt. Arthur John Selby. Sage War Cemetery, Oldenburg, Niedersachsen, Germany. Coll. Grave 1.C. 1-3. Son of Charles and Florence Selby. Husband of Olive Rhoda Selby of Brechin, Angus. At the time of his death Arthur's address was 335 Franklands Village, Haywards Heath, Sussex, England.
Sgt. Ronald Willis Fisher. Sage War Cemetery, Oldenburg, Niedersachsen, Germany. Grave Ref. 1.C.5. Son of Lewis and Alice Fisher. Husband of Nancy Fisher of Rotherham, Yorkshire, England. Ronald is remembered on the Greasbrough War Memorial
Researched by Kate Tame Aircrew Remembered and for all the relatives and friends of the crew
Acknowledgements: With special thanks to sources as shown below.