16/17.06.1943 No. 156 Squadron Lancaster III EE122 P/O. Robert B. Miller
Date: 16/17th June 1943 (Wednesday/Thursday)
Unit: 156 Squadron
Type: Lancaster III
Base: RAF Warboys Cambridgeshire
Location: Braunsrath, Germany
Pilot: P/O. Robert Ballantine Miller 147190 RAFVR Age 21. Killed
Fl/Eng: Sgt. Harold Francis Sheppard 577950 RAF Age 20. Killed
Nav: P/O. James Russell Wright J/17943 RCAF Age 30. Killed (1)
Air/Bmr: Fl/Sgt. Hugh Love 1552158 RAFVR Age ? Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. James Tweedie 1067394 RAFVR Age 22. Killed
Air/Gnr: Sgt. John Alexander Goad Dawe 1335335 RAFVR Age 31. Killed
Air/Gnr: Sgt. Eastman G.G. Fisher 10601018 USAAF Killed
Relatives of Sgt. Jamies Tweedie would very much like to hear from other relatives and in particular anyone who has a photo of him and or the crew. Please contact us in the first instance.
REASON FOR LOSS:
Taking off from RAF Warboys Huntingdonshire (now Cambridgeshire) at 22:57 hrs on an operation to Cologne (Köln) - 202 Lancasters and 10 Halifaxes taking part.
The bombing was scattered in the area of the target which was covered in cloud. Of this total only 100 aircraft made it to Cologne, the remainder turning back because of the bad weather.
401 Houses were destroyed with a further 13,000 suffering damage. The Kalk Chimical works was hit and burnt out. Casualties on the ground - 147 killed, 213 injured.
The allies lost 14 Lancasters - with 92 aircrew killed, 16 PoW.
The Squadron lost 3 crews during this operation, the other 2:
Lancaster III ED840 - Flown by Sq/Ldr. John Cameron Mackintosh 40727 RAF - Killed with 3 crew, 3 others PoW.
Lancaster III ED863 - Flown by P/O. Desmond Clive Camden Busby CGM. 147211 RAFVR - Killed with all other 6 crew members.
Lancaster ED122 was intercepted and shot down by the Luftwaffe night fighter ace Hptm. Manfred Meurer (2) of 3./NJG1, his 46th abschüsse of the war. 2 km. west of Braunsrath at 01:41 hrs.
(1) Wright Hill east of Crank Lake in Manitoba Canada, was named after P/O. James Russell Wright in 1995.
(2) Hptm. Manfred Meurer was killed on the 22nd January 1944 after his He 219 collided with a Lancaster. Total claims of 65 during WW2.
P/O. Robert Ballantine Miller. Rheinberg War Cemetery. Coll. Grave 3.B. 6-14. Son of Peter and Mary Miller, of Edinburgh, Scotland.
Sgt. Harold Francis Sheppard. Rheinberg War Cemetery. Coll. Grave 3.B. 6-14. Son of William Henry and Beatrice Sheppard, of Roggiett, Monmouthshire, Wales.
P/O. James Russell Wright. Rheinberg War Cemetery. Coll. Grave 3.B. 6-14. Son of Robert Hanlan Wright and Annie Lauretta Wright, of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (BA - Brandon College, Manitoba).
Fl/Sgt. Hugh Love. Rheinberg War Cemetery. Coll. Grave 3.B. 6-14. No further information - are you able to assist?
Sgt. James Tweedie. Rheinberg War Cemetery. Coll. Grave 3.B. 6-14. Son of Catherine Alice Tweedie, of Glasgow, Scotland.
Sgt. John Alexander Goad Dawe. Rheinberg War Cemetery. Coll. Grave 3.B. 6-14. Son of Thomas and Elsie Dawe, of Southgate, Middlesex, England.
Sgt. Eastman G.G. Fisher. Ardennes American Cemetery. Plot B. Row 32. Grave 54. No further information - are you able to assist?
Researched for Sandy Plant, relative of Sgt. James Tweedie. With thanks to the 156 Squadron website for details on Sgt. Eastman. Sources as quoted below.