17/18.08.1943 No. 419 Squadron Halifax II JD458 VR-C Fl/Sgt. Pekin
Date: 17/18th August 1943 (Tuesday/Wednesday)
Unit: No. 419 Squadron
Type: Halifax II
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
REASON FOR LOSS:
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)
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.