30.10.1939 No 139 Squadron Blenheim IV N6234 XD-E P/O. McCracken
Date: 30th October 1939 (Monday)
Unit: No. 139 Squadron
Type: Blenheim IV
Base: RAF Wyton, Cambridgeshire
Location: Gross Berssen, Germany
Pilot: P/O. William George McCracken 36157 RAF Age 21. Killed
Obs: Sgt. Stanley Robert Mitchell 580376 RAF Age 24. Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: A/C Ist class Robert Boaler Smith 526371 RAF Age 21. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Took off at 10.26 hrs from Wyton in Cambridgeshire on a reconnaissance flight. Crashed at Gross Berssen 10 km North of Haselunne - reasons unknown, but probably by flak.
F/O. McCracken graduated as a pilot in the Royal Australian Air Force in June, 1938, enlisted in the Royal Air Force on a short-service commission a month later. Educated in Melbourne first at Caulfield Technical School and later at Melbourne High School.
P/O. William George McCracken. Reichswald Forest War Cemetery Spec Memorial No.9 Son of William Gracen McCracken and Lillian McCracken, of St. Kilda, Victoria, Australia.
Sgt. Stanley Robert Mitchell. Rheinberg War Cemetery Joint grave 17.B.10. Son of Robert and Louisa Alice Mitchell.
A/C Ist class Robert Boaler Smith. Rheinberg War Cemetery Grave 17.B.9. Son of George Allcroft Smith and Jessie Brown Smith, of Wellow, Nottinghamshire, England.
Researched by Geoff Swallow for Aircrew Remembered. With thanks to the following: Australian National Archives, Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vol 1', the CWGC