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No. 550 Squadron
24.12.1943 No. 550 Squadron Lancaster III ED730 BQ-G2 Sgt. Woods

Operation: Berlin

Date: 24th December 1943 (Sunday)

Unit: No. 550 Squadron

Type: Lancaster III

Serial: ED730

Code: BQ-G2

Base: RAF Grimsby, Lincolnshire

Location: Near Fulstow, Lincolnshire

Pilot: Sgt. Hubert Frederick John Woods 1339079 RAFVR Age 21. Killed

Fl/Eng: Sgt. David Gwyn Davies 1135384 RAFVR Age 22. Killed

Nav: Sgt. Montague Ewart Giles 1322691 RAFVR Age 22. Killed

Air/Bmr: Fl/Sgt. Joseph Reginald Evariste Legere R/99179 RCAF Age 24. Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Leonard Frederick Wright 1199164 RAFVR Age ? Killed

Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. John Carman Atherton 426486 RAAF Age 30. Killed

Air/Gnr: Sgt. John McConnell 1822623 RAFVR Age 19. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

Took off from RAF Grimsby at 00:07hrs for a night bombing raid over Berlin. On a clear and starlit night Lancaster ED730 collided at 12,000 feet with Lancaster III ND327 also from 550 Squadron at 00:40hrs. Both aircraft were lost near Fulstow, Lincolnshire and all 14 crew lost their lives (Lancaster III ND327)

Cambridge Cemetery 1943

Sgt. John McConnell death notice, acknowledgment and family headstone

Burial details:

Sgt. Hubert Frederick John Woods. Bristol (Arnos Vale) Cemetery, Gloucestershire. Plot TTT. Grave 101. Son of Mary Jane Woods of Bedminster, Bristol. Hubert was born in 1922 Bristol, England.

Sgt. David Gwyn Davies. Neath (Llantwit) Cemetery, Glamorganshire. Sec. P. Grave 49. Son of David and Hannah Davies of Neath. Husband of Gwendoline Marion Davies of Neath, Wales.

Sgt. Montague Ewart Giles. Gloucester Old Cemetery, Gloucestershire. Plot B. Grave 9978. Son of Montague George and Dora Winifred Giles of Gloucester, England.

Fl/Sgt. Joseph Reginald Evariste Legere. Cambridge City Cemetery, Cambridgeshire. Grave 13934. Son of Auseline and Eugenie Legere of Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada. Joseph was buried with full service honours at 11:30 Hrs on 30th December 1943

Sgt. Leonard Frederick Wright. Hereford Cemetery, Herefordshire. Plot. (Non Conformist) Grave 6051. No further information as yet - are you able to assist?

Fl/Sgt. John Carman Atherton. Cambridge City Cemetery, Cambridgeshire. Grave 13734. Son of John Grainger Atherton and Gertrude Olive Atherton of Teneriffe, Queensland, Australia. John was born 19th January 1913 in Chillagoe, Queensland, Australia and enlisted in Brisbane on the 17th July 1942. He is remembered on the Roll of Honour, Brisbane, Queensland. John was buried with full service honours at 11:30a Hrs on 30th December 1943

Sgt. John McConnell. Dalziel (Airbles) Cemetery, Lanarkshire. Sec. G. Grave 514. Son of James and Jessie McConnell of Motherwell. John is remembered on the Motherwell War Memorial, Scotland.

Researched by: Kate Tame for Aircrew Remembered and for all the relatives and friends of the crew

Acknowledgements: Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Alistair Taylor, W. R. Chorley Bomber Command Losses 1943, Australian War Museum, Australian National Archives, Scottish War Graves Project.

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, Michel Beckers, Major Fred Paradie (RCAF) and MWO François Dutil (RCAF) - Paradie Archive (on this site), Jean Schadskaje, Major Jack O'Connor USAF (Retd.), 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', Franek Grabowski, Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of CWGC, UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, New Zealand National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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