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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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630 Squadron Crest
10/11.04.1945 No. 630 Squadron Lancaster I RF122 LE-S F/O. Richard J. Sassoon

Operation: Leipzig

Date: 10/11th April 1945 (Tuesday/Wednesday)

Unit: No. 630 Squadron - Motto "Nocturna mors" ("Death by night").

Badge: On an ogress a Lancaster rose, fimbriated. The Lancaster rose refers to the aircraft used by the squadron. The ogress refers to night operations. The argent fimbriation is indicative of other duties executed in daylight. By the authority of King George VI, March 1945.

Type: Lancaster I

Serial: RF122

Code: LE-S

Base: RAF East Kirkby, Lincolnshire

Location: Not known

Pilot: F/O. Richard Joseph Sassoon RAFVR 150614 Age 21. Killed (1)

Fl/Eng: Sgt. Stanley Charles Walton RAFVR 1819769 Age ? Killed (2)

Nav: F/O. John Hopwood RAFVR 162070 Age 32. Killed (3)

Air/Bmr: F/O. Patrick Francis Fleming 154251 RAFVR PoW - No further details (4)

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. Murray Swanson Munro RAFVR 1566757 Age 24. Killed (5)

Air/Gnr (Mid Upper): Sgt. William Howard Roger Jenkins RAFVR 1580231 Age 22. Killed (6)

Air/Gnr (Rear): Fl/Sgt. I.L. Lynn 1300332 RAFVR PoW - No further details (7)


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REASON FOR LOSS:

Took off at 18:23 hours from East Kirkby to bomb the Wahren railway yards.

It is believed that F/O. Fleming and Fl/Sgt. Lynn sat out the last few weeks of the war in some form of captivity, though both are shown as “safe” on the loss card.

Another 630 Squadron Lancaster was also lost on this raid:

ME739 LE-T. Flown by F/O. Cameron of the RAAF who along with 3 other crew became PoW, 2 others escaped capture. Sgt. John Dicken was tragically killed when his parachute caught fire after baling out.

The other Air crew remembered on this plaque are: Sgt Charles Thomas Rogers 1170921 RAFVR, air gunner with 75 Squadron. Killed on the 30th November 1942, age 20. Sgt. Richard George Steel 1818104 RAFVR, 103 Squadron, age 20. Tragically killed on "Operation Dodge", (movement of troops between the UK and overseas bases) On route to Italy on the 4th October 1945 with a crew of 6 and 19 female passengers when the Lancaster PA278 disappeared! No wreckage or bodies were ever found and neither the Air Ministry nor the War Office were forthcoming with any details. It was the largest loss of life of female service personnel of the war period! (1) Pte. John Fincher 14654256 of the 8th Battalion Royal Scots Regiment. Killed on the 29th June 1944 in France, age 19.

BIOGRAPHICAL DETAILS

(1) F/O. Richard Joseph Sassoon was born in 1923 at Richmond, Surrey the son of Frederick Sassoon and Margaret Lucy Sassoon nee Franklin later of Roehampton, London, England. He had a sister and two brothers. 1802851 LAC. R.J. Sassoon was appointed to commission as a Pilot Officer on probation (war subs) on 1 October 1943 (London Gazette) 9 November 1943); his appointment confirmed and promotion to Flying officer on 1 April 1944 announced in the London Gazette of 28 April 1944.

(2) Sgt. Stanley Charles Walton was the son of Mr and Mrs Charles Walton; husband of Elsie May Walton nee Walmsley of New Eastwood, Nottinghamshire and father of Christine S Walton.

(3) F/O. John Hopwood was born on 22 November 1912 at West Derby Lancashire son of James Alfred Hopwood (a Buyer/Manager) and Bertha Hopwood nee Brown later of 33 Florence Street West Bridgford, Nottingham. He entered Nottingham High School on 29 April 1921, left in August 1922, re-entered 2 February 1925 and finally left in December 1927 in the fourth form. (Courtesy Nottingham School Archives). He married Phyllis Irene Charks at Barton, Lancashire in 1937 and they later lived at Flanshaw, Wakefield. 1581621 LAC John Hopwood was appointed to commission as a Pilot Officer on probation (emergency) on 4 December 1943 (London Gazette 22 February 1944). Details of his promotion to Flying Officer are not known. He is commemorated on the Nottingham High School War Memorial

(4) Fl/Lt. Patrick Francis Fleming - 1603580 LAC P.F. Fleming was appointed to commission as a Pilot Officer on probation (emergency) on 17 November 1943 (London Gazette 8 February 1944); the appointment was confirmed and he was promoted to Flying Officer (war subs) on 17 May 1944 (London Gazette 16 June 1944) and on 17 November 1945 he was promoted to Flight Lieutenant (war subs) (London Gazette 14 December 1945).

(5) Fl/Sgt. Murray Swanson Munro was born in 1922 at Caithness, Scotland the son of David Munro and Elizabeth Munro; husband of Margaret Reid Munro nee McKay of Badcall, Sutherland, Scotland and father of David Munro. He is commemorated on the Scottish National War Memorial, Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland.

(6) Sgt. William Howard Roger Jenkins was born in 1922 at Droitwich, Worcestershire the son of William Jenkins and Annie Jenkins nee Gittus later of Sale Green, Worcestershire. Sgt. Jenkins is remembered on a plaque inside Crowle Church and on the War Memorial at Crowle, Worcestershire, England.

(7) Fl/Sgt. I.L. Lynn - Nothing further known - if you have any further information please contact the helpdesk

BURIAL DETAILS

The five crew members who were killed were originally buried at Glebitsch (Gemeinde Friedhof - Communal Cemetery) and reburied 2 October 1947 at the Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery in Collective Grave 4.Z. 2-6. They were:-

F/O. Richard Joseph Sassoon - No epitaph

Sgt. Stanley Charles Walton - No epitaph

F/O. John Hopwood - Epitaph reads:

He, too, gave his life for us

Fl/Sgt. Murray Swanson Munro - Epitaph reads:

Too dearly loved

Ever to be forgotten

By his sorrowing widow

And son David

Sgt. William Howard Roger Jenkins - Epitaph reads:

"In the midst of life

We are in death"

God's will be done





Researched by Aircrew Remembered, researcher and specialist genealogist Linda Ibrom for relatives of this crew. Further information added by webmaster reference the loss of Sgt. Steel. Special thanks to Sandra Taylor, Mark Rogers and Martin Edwards (Crowle Church War Memorial) for the photographs of Sergeant Jenkins and the Crowle Plaque.

(1) With thanks to Colin Cummings author of "The Price of Peace". for this information.

RW 11.06.2016 Additional biographical and burial details of the crew

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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