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617 Squadron Crest
20.01.1944 No. 617 Squadron Lancaster III ED918 AJ-F Fl/Lt. T.V O’Shaughnessy

Operation: Training

Date: 20th January 1944

Unit: No. 617 Squadron

Type: Lancaster III

Serial: ED918

Code: AJ-F

Base: RAF Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire.

Location: Snettisham, Norfolk.

Pilot: Fl/Lt. Thomas Vincent O'Shaughnessy 130132 RAFVR Age 30. Killed

Pilot 2: F/O. Arthur David Holding 133575 RAFVR Age 22. Killed (1)

Nav: F/O. A. Ward RAFVR Injured

Air/Bmr: F/O. George Aldred Kendrick 135033 RAFVR Age 23. Injured (2)

REASON FOR LOSS:

Took off at 19.30 hrs. on a training exercise and crashed some 35 minutes later on the beach at Snettisham, Norfolk.

                 

                   

Above: 617 Squadron Lancaster

This aircraft took part on the raids against the Sorpe dam on the 16/17th may 1943.

                  

(1) F/O. Arthur David Holding was a former pupil of Moseley Grammar school (Now secondary/grammar school) We are working very closely with the school's historians to remember all the ex pupils who died whilst serving with the RAF and recorded on the school memorial.

(2) Although F/O. Kendrick survived this he was later killed on the 12th January 1945 on an operation to Bergen. He did bale out of Lancaster PD233 KC-G but it seems he was seriously injured during this and died some 3 days later, although his death is recorded as that?

 

Left: Memorial at Woodhall Spa and right: Snettisham beach.

Burial details:

Fl/Lt. Thomas Vincent O'Shaughnessy. Great Crosby R.C. Churchyard. Sec B. Grave 445. Son of Captain Maurice John O'Shaughnessy and Elizabeth Marie O'Shaughnessy, of Waterloo, Liverpool, England.

F/O. Arthur David Holding. Birmingham (Brandwood End) Cemetery. Sec. B.4. Cons. Grave 166. Son of David S. and Gertie Holding, of 57 All Saints Road, King's Heath, Birmingham, England.

F/O. George Aldred Kendrick. Bergen (Mollendal) Cemetery. Grave D.5. Son of Archibald and Sarah Alice Kendrick, of Erdington, Birmingham, England.

Researched for relatives of the crew. With thanks to the following: Keith Townsend historian of Moseley Secondary/Grammar school memorial records, Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vol's. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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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