12/13.05.1943 No. 431 Squadron Wellington X HE440 SE-Y Sgt. George R.Y. Wood
Date: 12/13th May 1943 (Wednesday/Thursday)
Unit: No. 431 Squadron (RCAF)
Type: Wellington X
Base: RAF Burn, Yorkshire.
Location: Huppel, Netherlands.
Pilot: Sgt. George Robert Yorston Wood 658403 RAF Age 23. Killed
Nav: Sgt. Edward Leo Gummer 1379214 RAFVR Age 20. Killed
Air/Bmr: Sgt. Innis Edward Mobley 1575533 RAF Age 21. Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Andrew Cresswell 1210978 RAFVR Age 23. Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Thomas Haig Smith 993817 RAFVR Age 26. Killed
We would like to invite any other relatives of the crew to contact us with any additional information - full credits provided of course.
REASON FOR LOSS:
Took off at 23.45 hrs. and joined 571 other aircraft heading for Diusberg.
Approximately four hours later, just short of the Dutch/German border HE440 was attacked and shot down by an M110 flown by Oblt. Manfred Meurer of 3/NJG1 (2). HE440 caught fire and crashed in a wood at Huppel, near the Dutch town of Winterswijk at 02.25 hrs. on 13th May 1943. Sgt. Mobley managed to bale out of the aircraft but was too low for his parachute to deploy. His body was found some distance from the crash site.
Believed to be members of the crew of HE440 (courtesy Peter Rhebergen)
Above and below crash site - with photos taken at great risk by very brave Dutch patriots (courtesy Peter Rhebergen)
Sgt. Innis Edward Mobley and grave (courtesy Peter Rhebergen)
(1) Sgt. Innis Edward Mlbley was a pupil of Moseley Grammar School
from 1933 to 1938.
(2) This was the 24th of Oblt. Manfred Meurer’e 65 confirmed kills before he died on 24th January 1944 in a midair collision with a Lancaster. He had been awarded the Knights Cross with Oak Leaves.
Winterswijk Cemetery (courtesy Peter Rhebergen)
Sgt. George Robert Yorston Wood. Winterswijk Cemetery Grave 27. Son of William Mitchell Wood and Lena Lydia Wood, of North Shields, Northumberland, husband of Olive Wood, of North Shields, England.
Sgt. Edward Leo Gummer. Winterswijk Cemetery Grave 26. Son of Edward Joseph and Mary Ellen Gummer, of Accrington, Lancashire, England.
Sgt. Innis Edward Mobley. Winterswijk Cemetery Grave 28. Son of Arthur P. and Norah E. Mobley, of Yardley Wood, Birmingham, England.
Sgt. Andrew Cresswell. Winterswijk Cemetery Grave 24. Son of Andrew and Elsie May Cresswell, of Wolverhampton, England.
Sgt. Thomas Haig Smith. Winterswijk Cemetery Grave 25. Son of Thomas and Lily Smith, nephew of Elizabeth Bromilow, of Leigh, Lancashire, England.
Researched by: Peter Rhebergen, Netherlands and Keith Townsend, historian of Moseley School war memorial records.