16/17.03.1945 No. 625 Squadron Lancaster I NG169 CF-B2 F/O. Seear
Date: 16/17th November 1945 (Friday/Saturday)
Unit: No. 625 Squadron (1 Group)
Type: Lancaster I
Base: RAF Kelstern, Lincolnshire
Location: South of Bastenau, Germany
Pilot: F/O. Ernest Frank Seear 188180 RAFVR Age 26. Killed
Fl/Eng: Sgt. Eric Gordon Wilson 1806521 RAFVR Age 21. Killed
Nav: Sgt. Gwilym John Arthur Kenvin 612923 RAF Age ? Killed
Air/Bmr: Sgt. Kenneth John Holmes 1604724 RAFVR Age ? Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. John Faucet Logan 1823610 RAFVR Age 20. Killed
Air/Gnr: Sgt. Horace Smither 1893583 RAFVR Age 19. Killed
Air/Gnr: Sgt. Edmund Kenneth Day 1899663 RAFVR Age 41. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Taking off at 17:53 hrs from RAF Kelstern in Lincolnshire. 231 Lancasters from 1 Group along with another 46 Lancasters and 16 Mosquitoes from 8 Group.
The Luftwaffe intercepted the bomber stream on its outward trip with devastating results, 24 Lancasters from 1 Group were lost.
No claims from night fighter reports but thought to be another victim with the aircraft coming down south of Bastenau at around 21:15 hrs on the 16th March.
Above rear L-R: Sgt. J.F. Logan, Sgt. E.K. Day, Sgt. K.J. Holmes, Sgt. E.G. Wilson. Front: Sgt. G.J.A. Kenvin, F/O. E.F. Seear, Sgt. H. Smither.
F/O. Ernest Frank Seear. Durnbach War Cemetery. Grave 11.J.11. Son of Ernest James Seear and Mary Elizabeth Seear, of Lymington, Hampshire, England.
Sgt. Eric Gordon Wilson. Durnbach War Cemetery. Collective grave 11.J.12-15. Son of Charles Henry and Dorothy Edith Wilson, of Highgate, Middlesex, England.
Sgt. Gwilym John Arthur Kenvin. Durnbach War Cemetery. Collective grave 11.J.12-15. From Glamorgan, Wales. No further information - are you able to assist?
Sgt. Kenneth John Holmes. Durnbach War Cemetery. Collective grave 11.J.12-15. No further information - are you able to assist?
Sgt. John Faucet Logan. Durnbach War Cemetery. Collective grave 11.J.12-15. Son of George Logan, and of Helen Logan, of Windsor, Ontario, Canada.
Sgt. Horace Smither. Durnbach War Cemetery. Collective grave 11.J.12-15. Son of Samuel and Emily Ethel Smither; husband of Gladys Florence Smither from Chingford, England.
Sgt. Edmund Kenneth Day. Durnbach War Cemetery. Collective grave 11.J.12-15. Son of Henry George and Florence Kate Day; husband of Evelyn Maud Day, of Stockwell, London, England.
Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this crew with thanks to sources as shown below.