18/19.09.1944 No. 57 Squadron Lancaster I NG126 DX-L F/O. Robert J. Waugh
Date: 18/19th September 1944 (Monday/Tuesday)
Unit: No. 57 Squadron
Type: Lancaster I
Base: RAF East Kirkby, Lincolnshire
Location: Schiffdorf, Germany
Pilot: F/O. Robert John Waugh 175910 RAFVR Age ? Killed
Fl/Eng: Sgt. Basil John Cooper 575301 RAFVR Age 21. Missing
Nav: Sgt. Allan Thomas Rogers 1616108 RAFVR Age 21. Killed
Air/Bmr: Sgt. Phillip Lunt 1684477 RAFVR Age 21. Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. A.A. D’Oyley 1803479 RAFVR PoW No: 52825 Camp: Stalag Muhlhausen/Stalag Luft Bankau-Kreulberg
Air/Gnr: F/O. James George Louis Martin DFM. 654745 RAFVR Age ? Missing
Air/Gnr: Sgt. Howard Shakespeare 1545432 RAF Age 22. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Took off at 18:27hrs. from East Kirkby.
Probably due to anti aircraft fire crashing at 22:06hrs. at Schiffdorf on the Eastern outskirts of Bremerhaven.
Of those who died, four rest in Becklingen War Cemetery, while Sgt. Cooper and Fl/Sgt. Martin are commemorated on the Runnymede memorial, the last named having flown a previous tour with 630 Squadron. Details of his award have been Gazetted on 11 February 1944.
Navigator of this aircraft, Sgt. Allan Thomas Rogers. The photo on the left, taken during a leave in May 1944. (courtesy Pat Hammonds)
After the war, Flight Sergeant D’Oyley wrote to the relatives of Sergeant Rogers:
F/O. Robert John Waugh. Becklingen War Cemetery. Grave 20.B.4. No further details as yet - are you able to assist?
Sgt. Basil John Cooper. Runnymede Memorial Panel 227. Son of John Henry and Kathleen Lilian Cooper of Colchester, Essex, England.
Sgt. Allan Thomas Rogers. Becklingen War Cemetery. Grave 20.B.2. Further Information: Born in April 1923 he was the only son of Rupert Allan (served in the RAMC in the Middle East in WW1, receiving the Military medal) and Bessie (Headge Hackett) Rogers and brother of Freda, Ruby Mavis and Jean Agnes Rogers of New Bradwell, Wolverton, Buckinghamshire, England. Attended New Bradwell boys school and at thirteen passed a scholarship to attend Wolverton Technical College where he became a popular boy with lots of friends. He was a very able athlete and sportsman, excelling at sprinting in which he won lots of local events and also played football for Stony Stratford. After doing well at school he started as an electrical apprentice at the local railway works, a reserved occupation and was very keen to enlist but his grandfather insisted that he finish his higher national certificate first. He went on to pass his national and higher national certificates in electrical engineering. Finally volunteered for bomber command and started his training at Newquay, as a Navigator, as he preferred the challenges and planning involved in this role.
His death was a devastating loss and was to affect all of his family. On his birthday the family would meet up and would spend the day quietly remembering him and his mother always ensured that fresh flowers were kept by his photograph. Both of his parents died in September 1970, near to the date of Allan’s death and a few words of remembrance to Allan were inscribed on their headstone.
Sgt. Phillip Lunt. Becklingen War Cemetery. Grave 20.B.3. Son of John and Ann J Lunt of Liverpool, England.
F/O. James George Louis Martin DFM. Runnymede Memorial Panel 234. No further details as yet - are you able to assist?
Sgt. Howard Shakespeare (shown left). Becklingen War Cemetery. Grave 20.B.5. Further Information: Howard was the only son of Frederick and Roseannah (née Smith) Shakespeare of 12, Heath Gap Road, Blackford, Cannock, England. The grandson of the late Councillor William Smith J.P. of Bloxwich. A part time student at the Cannock Mining College, Howard was indentured with the Electrical and Engineering Company of Robust Works, Walsall. He also served as a despatch rider in the Home Guard at Cannock. Howard volunteered for the Royal Air Force in September 1941 and served as an electrical armourer for 2 years. He then trained as an air gunner obtaining his wings in January 1944.
Researched by Aircrew Remembered, researcher and specialist genealogist Linda Ibrom for relatives of this crew. Special thanks for the photos and information on Allan Rogers to Pat Hammonds, daughter of Freda Rogers and the Rogers family. Thanks also to Graeme Clark for photo and information on Sgt Shakespeare.