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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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17/18.08.1943 No. 419 Squadron Halifax II JD458 VR-C Fl/Sgt. Pekin

Operation: Peenemünde

Date: 17/18th August 1943 (Tuesday/Wednesday)

Unit: No. 419 Squadron

Type: Halifax II

Serial: JD458

Code: VR-C

Base: RAF Middleton-St-George, County Durham

Location: Baltic Sea

Pilot: Fl/Sgt. Stanley Thomas Pekin 408873 RAAF Age 24. Killed

Fl/Eng: Sgt. Herbert Charles Baker 1652940 RAFVR Age ? Killed

Nav: F/O. Peter John Sparkes 133774 RAFVR Age 21. Killed

Air/Bmr: Sgt. John Kevin Gilvary 1512418 RAFVR Age 20. Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Henry Price 1310592 RAFVR Age 31. Killed

Air/Gnr: Sgt. Frederick Peter Davis 183229 RAFVR  Age 19. Killed

Air/Gnr: Sgt. Ernest Charles Ramm 1539979 RAFVR Age 21. Killed


Take off at 21.40hrs. from RAF Middleton-St-George. 

Crashed into the Baltic. Sergeant Baker and Sergeant Ramm were originally buried at Greifswald but later taken to the Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery.


Rear gunner Sgt. Ernest Charles Ramm (courtesy Doris Bird - nee Ramm)

One of 3 aircraft from 419 Squadron lost on this night:

Halifax II JD158 VR-D Flown by Fl/Lt. Stanley M. Heard R.C.A.F. killed with all 7 other crew members.
Halifax II JD163 VR-N Flown by Fl/Sgt. John M. Batterton R.C.A.F. killed with all 7 other crew members.


           Runnymede Memorial as visited by Aircrew Remembered in June 2013


       The Gilvary family grave in County Wicklow (courtesy John O'Grady)

Burial details:

Fl/Sgt. Stanley Thomas Pekin. Runnymede Memorial Panel 193. Further information: Born on the 30th December 1918 at Colac, Victoria, son of Richard John and Isabel Eileen Pekin and husband of Rita Pekin of Vite Vite, Victoria, Australia. Enlisted on the 20th June 1941 at Vite Vite North. Commemorated on the Roll of Honour for Colac, Victoria. 

Sgt. Herbert Charles Baker. Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery. Coll. Grave 13F 1-7. No further details currently available.

F/O. Peter John Sparkes. Runnymede Memorial Panel 129. Son of John Gordon and Ada Sparkes of Acton, Middlesex, England.

Sgt. John Kevin Gilvary. Runnymede Memorial Panel 150. Son of Michael T. and Marian I Gilvary of Bray, County Wicklow, Republic of Ireland.

Sgt. Henry Price. Runnymede Memorial Panel 162. Son of John and Edith Alice Price of Palmers Green, Middlesex, England.

Sgt. Frederick Peter Davis. Runnymede Memorial Panel 147. Son of Dennis and Nora Davis.

Sgt. Ernest Charles Ramm. Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery. Coll. Grave 13F 1-7 Son of John and Rosina Annie Ramm and husband of Doris Eveline Ramm of Hackney, London, England.

Researched by Aircrew Remembered, researcher and specialist genealogist Linda Ibrom for relatives of this crew - Special thanks to Doris Bird (nee Ramm) widow of Sergeant Ernest Ramm for his photo and information. Also to John O'Grady from Dublin, Ireland for Sgt. John Kevin Gilvary family grave photographs.

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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