44 Squadron also lost another aircraft during this operation:Lancaster III ND751 KM-J Flown by 23 year old Canadian Douglas Aiken, killed with all other six crew.
(1) Oblt. Paul Rokker – this was his 33rd confirmed claim of the war. He was to survive the war with a total of 65 confirmed victories (shown above right)
(2) Maj. Paul Semrau – killed on the 7/8th February 1945, with the rest of his crew when his Ju 88G-6, Wnr.620562 from Stab/NJG2 was shot down by Fl/Lt Sleep in a Spitfire at Twente. His final score as a night-fighter ace stood at 46 victories. (shown above left)
Left and above: Bellencombe Communal Cemetery, photographed by our Kate Tame during her visit in 2012. Any relative who would like a higher resolution of these images please don’t hesitate to ask.
Fl/Sgt. Roy Oswald. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 221. Son of Frank and Alice Oswald, of Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England.
W/O. Arthur John Richardson. Bellencombe Communal Cemetery. Collective grave. Son of Arthur and Sarah Ethel Richardson, of Epping, Essex, England.
Sgt. Leslie John Harry Hutchinson. Bellencombe Communal Cemetery. Collective grave. Son of Edward Leslie and Beatrice Mabel Hutchinson, of Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England.
Sgt. Robert Hawley Sargent. Bellencombe Communal Cemetery. Collective grave. Son of Robert Wilson Sargent, and of Winifred Sargent, of Highfield, Southampton, England.
Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this crew with thanks to Bill Chorley – ‘Bomber Command Losses’ Vol. 5, Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie – ‘Nightfighter War Diaries Vol’s. 1 and 2’, Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt – ‘Bomber Command War Diaries’, Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Tom Kracker – ‘Kracker Luftwaffe Archives’.