19.05.1940 No. 150 Squadron Fairey Battle I P5235 JN-H P/O. David E.T. Osment
Operation: Intruder operation on enemy troops, France
Date: 19th May 1940 (Sunday)
Unit: No. 150 Squadron
Type: Fairey Battle MkI
Base: Pouan France
Location: near ‘Chêne Tonneau’ at Barby 3 miles West of Rethel France
Pilot: P/O. David Ernest Thomas Osment 40742 RAF PoW No: 506 Camp: Stalag Luft Sagan and Bellaria
Obs: Sgt. G.W. Clifford 524803 RAFVR PoW No: 13058 Camp: Stalag Kopernikus
Air/Gnr: AC1 W.G. Slade 616565 RAFVR PoW No: 13093 Camp: Stalag Kopernikus
REASON FOR LOSS:
P/O. David Osment’s aircraft was badly damaged in action on an enemy armour patrol north of the Aisne west of Rethel by A/A fire and belly landed near “Chêne Tonneau” Barby, 3 miles West of Rethel at 11.15 hrs.
P/O. Osment was captured by German forces near Charleville, some 25 mile to the North of the crash site while his two crew members Sgt. Clifford and AC1. Slade were captured to the South near Reims”
P/O. Osment spent the remainder of the war a prisoner in Stalag Luft III. On returning to Britain in 1945 he rejoined the RAF having originally been commissioned a Pilot Officer on May 7th 1938. Served into the 1950′s ending his career there as a Squadron Leader. David Osment was born on the island of St Vincent, West Indies about 1918 and died in 2008 in England aged 90.
None - all crew survived.
Researched by Michel Beckers for Aircrew Remembered November 2015. Photographs from his own collection.