Operation: Foret de Cerisy
Date: 07/08th June 1944 (Wednesday/Thursday)
Unit: No. 101 Squadron
Type: Lancaster I
Base: RAF Ludford Magna, Lincolnshire.
Location: Calvados, France.
Pilot: P/O. Algot Leon Arnell J/85254 RCAF Age 21. Killed
Fl/Eng: Sgt. James Baxter Carr 1393365 RAFVR Age 22. Killed
Nav: F/O. Henry Frank Peacock 152783 RAFVR Age 21. Killed
Air/Bmr: F/O. Sydney James Stott 141547 RAFVR Age 28. Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. Walter David Knight 938113 RAFVR Age 29. Killed
Air/Gnr: Sgt. Reuben Edward Foulds 1591122 RAFVR Age 19. Killed
Air/Gnr: Sgt. John Edward Girdwood 1594791 RAFVR Age 21. Killed
On this day 8th June 1944 General Montgomery lands in Normandy, sets up his head quarters in Chateau de Creully
REASON FOR LOSS:
Took off from RAF Ludford Magna, Lincolnshire at 23:11 hrs with 112 Lancasters and 10 Mosquitoes to attack the fuel dumps between Bayeux and St-Lö. The raid was classed as a total success with huge damage done to both the fuel dumps and the German tank units that were preparing to counter attack the Allied landing force.
No claims for the shooting down of this Lancaster have been established but as there were several other raids taking place this night it is thought that the Luftwaffe night fighters were occupied with these. ME565 was probably hit by flak and it crashed near Saint Laurent su Mer. Calvados 5 km. north north east of Trevieres.
The complete crew were buried there in the U.S Military Cemetery until 1948, when the two air gunners Sgt. Foulds and Sgt. Girdwood who were the only two to be positively identified were moved to Bayeux Cemetery (details below).
P/O. Algot Leon Arnell. Runnymede Memorial Panel 249. Born 3 January 1923 at Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The son of Lars Bernhard and Marie (née Landrioutt) Arnell of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Lars, an immigrant from Sweden, married Marie at Vancouver on the 28th August 1919. Sister Genevieve was born a year after P/O. Arnell.
Left: P/O. Algot Leon Arnell (courtesy Dave Champion)
Sgt. James Baxter Carr. Runnymede Memorial Panel 226. Son of James Baxter Carr and Margaret Carr, of Ealing, Middlesex, England.
F/O. Henry Frank Peacock. Runnymede Memorial Panel 208. Born at Woolich, Kent in the September 1923 Qtr, F/O Peacock was the only child of Henry and Nellie Florence (née Finden) Peacock of Sevenoaks, Kent, England.
F/O. Sydney James Stott. Runnymede Memorial Panel 209. F/O Stott was the son of Mark and Ethel (née Robson) Stott of Wingate, Co. Durham, England. He had an older brother, Ronald and a younger sister, Anne.
Fl/Sgt. Walter David Knight. Runnymede Memorial Panel 219. Son of Basil Knight, and of Mary Knight, of Purley, Surrey, England.
Sgt. Reuben Edward Foulds. Bayeux War Cemetery Grave X.C.3. Son of Reuben C. and Beatrice Foulds, of South Anston, Yorkshire, England.
Sgt. John Edward Girdwood. Bayeux War Cemetery Grave X.C.2. Son of Christopher and Emily Girdwood, of Southwick, Sunderland, Co. Durham, England.
Researched for Brian Clark-Barkness, nephew of Sgt. John Girdwood and for all relatives of this crew. For further details our thanks to the following, Moose for the grave photographs. Also to Dave Champion for comprehensive crew details and photograph.
At the going down of the sun, and in the morning we will remember
them. - Laurence
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