01/02.01.1944 No. 460 Squadron Lancaster III JB606 AR-H Fl/Sgt. Reginald W. Rowley
Date: 01/02nd January 1944 (Saturday/Sunday
Unit: 460 Squadron
Type: Lancaster III
Base: RAF Binbrook, Lincolnshire
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.
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.