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460 Squadron Crest
01/02.01.1944 No. 460 Squadron Lancaster III JB606 AR-H Fl/Sgt. Reginald W. Rowley

Operation: Berlin

Date: 01/02nd January 1944 (Saturday/Sunday

Unit: 460 Squadron

Type: Lancaster III

Serial: JB606

Code: AR-H

Base: RAF Binbrook, Lincolnshire

Location: Mückendorf

Pilot: Fl/Sgt. Reginald William Rowley AUS/409747 RAAF Age. 30 Killed

Fl/Eng: Sgt. William Fleming 1294322 RAFVR Age ? Killed

Nav: F/O. Edward Charles Truscott AUS/409619 RAAF Age. 29 Killed

Air/Bmr: F/O. Aubrey John Robinson AUS/420402 RAAF Age 27. Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. Lambert Albert Chester AUS/420146 RAAF Age 32 Killed

Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. Ronald Herbert Lawn AUS/427652 RAAF Age. 31 Killed

Air/Gnr: F/O. Henry Edward Bennett 145380 RAFVR Age 30. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

Taking off from RAF Binbrook, Lincolnshire to bomb the heart of Germany, Berlin.

471 Lancasters taking part in this operation, one of four attacks on the capital within 10 days. The Luftwaffe night fighters intercepted the bomber stream very early, despite a diversionary raid made on Hamburg by 15 Mosquitoes.

About 10 of the 28 Lancaster losses were made early en-route to the target. 2 were victims over Berlin, two were claimed by Berlin flak units, with the remainder on return from the target

Bombing was scattered in the southern parts of the city with only 21 houses and 1 industrial building destroyed.

Lancaster JB606 is thought to have been a victim of the fierce flak units, no nightfighter claims were identified for this aircraft which exploded in the air and crashed near Mückendorf, Germany at 03:00 hrs some 21 km East south east of Luckenwalde - see map.

Burial details:

Crew initially buried at Mückendorf Church Cemetery- reinterred after war end on the 20th May 1947

Fl/Sgt. Reginald William Rowley. Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery. Grave 5.F.36. Born on the 17th February 1914 at Wodonga Victoria. Son of Joseph Smart Rowley and Ercell Paulina Rowley of Bethanga, Victoria, Australia.

Sgt. William Fleming. Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery. Grave 5.F.31. Son of Daniel and Mary Fleming of Lady Kirkshiels, Ladykirk, Berwickshire, Scotland.

F/O. Edward Charles Truscott. Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery. Born on 11th December 1914 at Toora, Victoria. Grave 5.F.35. Son of Thomas William and Catherine Frances Truscott and husband of Joyce truscott of Burwood, Victoria, Australia. A school teacher prior to service.

F/O. Aubrey John Robinson. Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery. Grave 5.F.32. Son of William and Margaret Robinson of Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia.

Fl/Sgt. Lambert Albert Chester. Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery. Born on 24th August 1911 at Bondi, New South Wales. Grave 5.F.33. Son of Albert William and Mary Ellen Chester of Panania, New South Wales, Australia.

Fl/Sgt. Ronald Herbert Lawn. Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery. Born on the 24th April 1912 at Boulder, Western Australia. Grave 5.F.34. Son of George Herbert and Esther Ellen Lawn and husband of Leonie Beatrice Lawn of Subiaco, Western Australia.

F/O. Henry Edward Bennett. Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery. Grave 5.F.30. Son of |Henry Edward and Violet May Bennett and husband of Freda Bennett of Collier Row, Romford, Essex, England.

Researched by Aircrew Remembered, researcher and specialist genealogist Linda Ibrom for relatives of this crew. Special thanks to Les and Merrill Rowley for photograph of the pilot - we are hoping that additional details will be following - April 2016. Thanks also to sources as shown below.

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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