23/24.12.1943 550 Squadron Lancaster III ED730 BQ:G2 Sgt. Woods
Date: 23rd/24th December 1943 (Saturday/Sunday)
Unit: 550 Squadron
Type: Lancaster III
Base: RAF Grimsby, Lincolnshire
Location: Near Fulstow, Lincolnshire
Pilot: Sgt. Hubert Frederick John Woods 1339079 RAFVR Age 21. Killed
Flt Eng: Sgt. David Gwyn Davies 1135384 RAFVR Age 22. Killed
Nav: Sgt. Montague Ewart Giles 1322691 RAFVR Age 22. Killed
Air Bmr: Flt Sgt. Joseph Reginald Evariste Legere R99179 RCAF Age 24. Killed
WOp/Air Gnr: Sgt. Leonard Frederick Wright 1199164 RAFVR Age 23. Killed
Air Gnr: Flt 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)
Above: Log Book for Flt Sgt John Atherton
Cambridge Cemetery 1943
Sgt. John McConnell death notice, acknowledgment and family headstone
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.
Flt Sgt. Joseph Reginald Evariste Legere. Cambridge City Cemetery, Cambridgeshire. Grave 13934. Born on the 3rd April 1918 in Westmorland, New Brunswick. Son of Anselme (Samuel) Léger and Eugenie (née Thibodeau) 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. Born on the 29th October 1920 in Kingston, Surrey. Son of Leonard Thomas and Bessie Sophia (née Newell) Wright from Kingston, Surrey, England. His mother predeceased him in Jul-Aug-Sep 1943.
Flt 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. Updated by Aircrew Remembered (Mar 2021).