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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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115 Squadron Crest
21/22.05.1944 No. 115 Squadron Lancaster III ND754 KO-F Fl/Lt. Robert C. Anderson

Operation: Duisberg

Date: 21/22nd May 1944

Unit: No. 115 Squadron

Type: Lancaster III

Serial: ND754

Code: KO-F

Base: RAF Witchford, Cambridgeshire

Location: Beckerweth, Duisberg, Germany

Pilot: Fl/Lt. Robert Charles Anderson A/414878 RAAF Age 28. Killed

Pilot 2: F/O. Albert Oswald Mann 147960 RAFVR Age 28. Killed

Fl/Eng: Sgt. Halwood Thomas Jones 1397321 RAFVR Age 36. Killed

Nav: P/O. Laurence Edward Wilkinson 175313 RAFVR Age 27. Killed

Air/Bmr: Fl/Sgt. Peter Talmage Cameron A/408419 RAAF Age 23. Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. H.C. Moon 1295792 RAFVR PoW No: 42. Camp: Stalag Luft Bankau-Kreuzburg (Klucsbork, Poland)

Air/Gnr: P/O. William Robert Harold Moulden A/423163 RAAF Age 25. Killed

Air/Gnr: Sgt. Nathaniel Ernest Redhead 531268 RAF Age ? Killed


The Lancaster, with a total crew of 8 took off from its base at 22.52 hrs on 21st May 1944 on a bombing raid against Duisburg. The 8th member receiving pilot operational training.

Above: F/O. Albert Oswald Mann (courtesy Geoff Mann)

The aircraft and crew failed to return from the operation and were reported missing. It was later reported from the International Red Cross Committee that Lancaster ND754 was shot down by flak and crashed at 01.15 hrs on 22nd May 1944 at Beckerwerth north west of Duisburg.

115 Squadron Lancaster (courtesy IWM)

Fl/Sgt. Noon was taken Prisoner of War and interned in Camp L7. The rest of the crew were buried initially within a two day period in the Dusseldorf Nordfriedhof but have since been reinterred at the Reicheswald Forest War Cemetery.

Burial details:

Fl/Lt. Robert Charles Anderson. Reichswald Forest War Cemetery. Grave 7.F.8. Son of Charles and Beatrice Emma Andersen, of Merinda, Queensland, Australia.

F/O. Albert Oswald Mann. Reichswald Forest War Cemetery. Grave 7.D.6. Son of John Oswald and Jane Isabella Mann, husband of Violet Elisa Mann, of Eltham, London, England.

Sgt. Halwood Thomas Jones. Reichswald Forest War Cemetery. Grave 7.E.18. Son of William and Rhoda Jones, husband of Phyllis Jones, of Alperton, Wembley, Middlesex, England.

P/O. Laurence Edward Wilkinson. Reichswald Forest War Cemetery. Grave 7.F.5. Son of Percy and Susan Wilkinson, of Croydon, Surrey, England.

Fl/Sgt. Peter Talmage Cameron. Reichswald Forest War Cemetery. Grave 7.D.5. Son of Peter Talmage Cameron and Beatrice Maud Cameron, of Wivenhoe, Tasmania, Australia.

P/O. William Robert Harold Moulden. Reichswald Forest War Cemetery. Grave 7.F.7. Son of William George Henry and Hilda Evelyn Isabel Moulden, husband of Joan Brodie Moulden, of North Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

Sgt. Nathaniel Ernest Redhead. Reichswald Forest War Cemetery. Grave 7.F.6. Son of Nathaniel Martin Redhead and Jane Redhead, of Durham, England.

Researched by Geoff Mann (Son of F/O. Albert Oswald Mann) in his father's and other crew members memory for Aircrew Remembered.

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