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149 Squadron Crest
12.12.1944 No. 149 Squadron Lancaster I HK653 OJ-Y F/O. Kenneth A.W. Miller

Operation: Witten

Date: 12th December 1944 (Tuesday)

Unit: 149 Squadron

Type: Lancaster I

Serial: HK653

Code: OJ-Y

Base: RAF Methwold, Norfolk

Location: Not known, target area?

Pilot: F/O. Kenneth Archibald Willison Miller 186702 RAFVR Age 21. Missing - believed killed

Fl/Eng: Sgt. Donald Ward 1893108 RAFVR Age 19. Missing - believed killed

Nav: W/O. Glyn Norman Bury AUS/415758 RAAF Age 26. Missing - believed killed

Air/Bmr: Fl/Sgt. Jeremy Cass 1586515 RAFVR Age 21. Missing - believed killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Charles Murray Hanna 605539 RAFVR Age 20. Missing - believed killed

Air/Gnr: Sgt. Herbert Leslie Richman 1895705 RAFVR Age 21. Missing - believed killed

Air/Gnr: Sgt. Ronald Middleton 1881082 RAFVR Age 19. Missing - believed killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

140 Lancasters of 3 Group taking part on the bombing of the Ruhrstahl steelworks. HK653 took off at 11:30 hrs from RAF Methwold in Norfolk on this daylight operation. It was the first major raid of the war with the steelworks escaping damage. Bombs fell all over the town with 134 people killed, 64 missing with another 345 injured. The bomber stream were intercepted by Luftwaffe fighters over the target area - 9 of the Lancasters failed to return, 45 aircrew were killed, 4 taken PoW. a further 14 escaped injuries during 1 crash landing and 1 ditching.

No details on where this Lancaster crashed - listed as without trace. Another from the squadron was also lost:

Lancaster I HK645 OJ-R Flown by 22 year old, F/O. Edmund H.S. Corey of North End, Portsmouth - killed with 4 other crew, 2 made PoW.

Burial details:

F/O. Kenneth Archibald Willison Miller. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 208. Son of William W. and Daisy Miller, of Plains, Lanarkshire, Scotland.

Sgt. Donald Ward. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 239. Son of Lewis and Hilda Ward, of Huddersfield, England.

W/O. Glyn Norman Bury. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 259. Son of George Ebenezer and Theresa Elizabeth Bury, of Carlisle, Western Australia. Born on 11th March 1918 at Nembudding, Western Australia.

Fl/Sgt. Jeremy Cass. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 216. Son of Richard Aubrey Cass and Evelyn Mary Cass, of Ilford, Essex, England.

Sgt. Charles Murray Hanna. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 230. Son of William and Mary F. Hanna, of Newark, New Jersey, USA.

Sgt. Herbert Leslie Richman. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 237. Son of Mr. and Mrs. H. W. Richman, of Cathays, Cardiff, Wales.

Sgt. Ronald Middleton. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 234. Son of Harold William and Gladys Muriel Middleton, of Garston, Hertfordshire, England.

With thanks to Kay Prosser, relative of Sgt. Richman. Sources as quoted below.

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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