17.08.1944 226 Squadron Mitchell II FW217 MQ-W F/O. Awcock
Operation: Fuel dump at La Mailleraye-sur-Seine, France
Date: 17th August 1944 (Thursday)
Unit: 226 Squadron
Type: Mitchell II
Serial No: FW217
Location: La Mailleraye, France
Base: RAF Hartford Bridge, Hampshire
Pilot: F/O. James Peter Awcock 415109 RAAF Age 32. PoW No: 5339 Stalag Luft Barth Vogelsang
Navigator: Fl/Sgt. A. Lloyd 184801 RAFVR PoW No: 86372 Stalag Luft Bankau
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. William Stanley Anstey 1577912 RAFVR Age ? Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Donald Kenlow Cook 1321433 RAFVR Age 22. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
6 Mitchells from 226 Squadron accompanied 30 Mitchells from 139 Wing to bomb the Fuel dump at La Mailleraye-sur-Seine, France. Moderate but very accurate flak was encountered and 3 aircraft received damage.
On the bombing run FW217 was hit by flak in the bomb bay. Two parachutes were seen to open and a further two black objects fell from the aircraft before it disappeared into cloud. The aircraft crashed at about 1616 hrs near La Mailleraye.
Above and left Touffreville-La-Corbeline Churchyard as photographed by our Kate Tame in 2012. Kate has provided us with permission to release these photographs at high resolution to any relative - free of charge.
Sgt. William Stanley Anstey. Touffreville-La-Corbeline Churchyard. No further details as yet, are you able to assist?
Sgt. Donald Kenlow Cook. Touffreville-La-Corbeline Churchyard. Son of Thomas and Amelia Cook, husband of Rae L. Cook, of Wembley, Middlesex, England.
Researched for relatives of the crew. Special thanks to Kate Tame for the supply of the crew graves. Thanks to David Sims for correction to aircraft designation and additional information about the aircraft loss. Other sources as quoted.