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07/08.01.1945 No. 467 Squadron Lancaster III JB286 PO-L P/O. William A. McNamee

Operation: Munich

Date: 07/08th January 1945 (Sunday/Monday)

Unit: No. 467 Squadron

Type: Lancaster III

Serial: JB286

Code: PO-L

Base: RAF Waddington, Lincolnshire

Location: Eye, Suffolk, England.

Pilot: F/O. William Andrew McNamee AUS/426422 RAAF Age 21. Missing

Fl/Eng: Sgt. Henry William Kirsh 1812555 RAFVR Age 20. Missing

Nav: Fl/Sgt. 'Herbie' Herbert John Williams AUS/427218 RAAF Age 28. Missing

Air/Bmr: Fl/Sgt. John Danckert Gloury AUS/430372 RAAF Age 20. Missing

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. Stephanos Servos AUS/434029 RAAF Age 23. Missing

Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. Laurance Julius Saulwick AUS/431186 RAAF Age 19. Missing

Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. Maxwell Bright Bruckner AUS/431195 RAAF Age 20. Missing

REASON FOR LOSS:

Leaving RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire at 17.07 hrs to bomb München, 645 Lancasters taking part on this operation, together with 9 Mosquitoes.

This was claimed as a successful raid with the areas being severely damaged. This was the last major raid of the war on München. 

Some 503 people being killed on the ground, 984 injured and a further 70,000 being made homeless.

Lancaster JB286 had been flying for some 10 hours when it is thought that the crew abandoned the aircraft over the North Sea. The aircraft continued before crashing and exploding near Ely, Suffolk. No bodies of the crew were found.

No. 25 Bombing Leader Course:- Rear: Sgt. Mercer, Fl/Sgt. Simmons, Sgt. Taylor, P/O. Woodward, P/O. Smith, Sgt. Grandy, P/O. Barrett, Sgt. Tindall. Front: P/O. Fisher, P/O. Nicholl, F/O. Wakefield, P/O. Servos, P/O. Davies, P/O. Rees and P/O. Grove. (courtesy Valerie Davies Arends)

Note:- does anyone recognise others in this photograph, perhaps a page of remembrance could be added to them if you have additional information?

Left to right:  F/O. McNamee, Sgt. Kirsh, Fl/Sgt. Gloury, Fl/Sgt. Servos, Fl/Sgt. Saulwick and Fl/Sgt. Bruckner

Left: Fl/Sgt. Stephanos Servos, later P/O. (courtesy Valerie Davies Arends)

Burial details:

F/O. William Andrew McNamee. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 283. Further information: Son of William James George and Elizabeth McNamee, of Wynnum, Queensland, Australia. Born 9th December 1923 at Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia. Enlisted at Brisbane on the 20th June 1942.

Sgt. Henry William Kirsh. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 275. Son of Frederick and Elsie Kirsh, of Poplar, London, England.

Fl/Sgt. Herbert John Williams. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 284. Further information: Son of James Williams, and of Alice Kate Williams (nee Avery), of Mullewa, Western Australia. Brother to Elizabeth, Robert (Jim), Harry and Rosie. Herbie was born in Goomalling in August 1916 and chose to enlist. Prior to enlisting he was training to be a Pharmacist.

Fl/Sgt. John Danckert Gloury. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 284. Further information: Son of Commander John Arthur Gloury, R.A.N., and Kathleen Agnes Gloury, of Frankston, Victoria, Australia. Born 29th November 1924 at Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Enlisted at Melbourne on the 29th January 1943.

Fl/Sgt. Stephanos Servos. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 284. Son of Spiros and Virginia Servos, of Wowan, Queensland, Australia.

Fl/Sgt. Laurance Julius Saulwick. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 284.Further information: Son of Julius Saulwick, and of Ruth Saulwick, of 5 Moorakyne Avenue, Malvern, Victoria, Australia.

Fl/Sgt. Maxwell Bright Bruckner. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 284. Son of Samuel James Bruckner and Alberta Helena Bruckner, of Bright, Victoria, Australia.

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this crew with thanks to Linda Ibrom, Valerie Davies Arends, Kerry Bradley and Rosalie Taylor (nieces of Fl/Sgt. Williams),  Malcolm Barrass at Raf Web, Valerie Davies Arends, Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vols. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Aircrew Remembered archives.

Left: Some of the publications referred to in this preparation of this page. Available from Amazon and of course, all good book shops.

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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