Date: 16/17th January 1945 (Tuesday/Wednesday)
Unit: No. 166 Squadron
Type: Avro Lancaster III
Base: RAF Kirmington, Lincolnshire
Location: Target area
Pilot: Fl/Lt. Ernest Patrick Burke AUS/426303 RAAF Age 33. Killed
Fl/Eng: Sgt. Thomas Edward Carr 1590301 RAFVR Age 20. Killed
Nav: Fl/Sgt. G.K.E. John 1651466 RAFVR PoW
Air/Bmr: P/O. John Mansfield Meggitt AUS/424599 RAAF Age 26. PoW
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. G.W. Kirk 652058 RAFVR PoW
Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. G. Anson 1595433 RAFVR PoW
Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. T.R. Wood 975880 RAFVR PoW
REASON FOR LOSS:
Taking off at 17:25 hrs from RAF Kirmington in Lincolnshire to bomb the Braunkohle-Benzin synthetic oil plant - night fighter claims for this period of the war were mostly lost. Also PoW records for the same period were not updated.
It is thought probable that they came down in the target area.
Some of this crew, in Halifax V DG403 of 1667 Heavy Conversion Unit flown by Fl/Lt. Ernest Burke were injured when a forced landing took place in a field. Fl/Sgt. John, P/O. Meggitt, Fl/Sgt. Wood all survived with various degrees of injuries.
Sgt. Thomas Edward Carr also escaped injured from 1667 Heavy Conversion Unit Halifax V DG414 - further details can be read here.
Grave photographs courtesy Des Philippet.
Fl/Lt. Ernest Patrick Burke. Rheinberg War Cemetery. Grave 11.D.20. Born on the 30th September 1911 at Brisbane, the son of John Ernest and Florence Burke; husband of Bessie Margaret Burke, of Kew, Victoria, Australia. Grave inscription reads: "His Duty Nobly Done. Ever Remembered".
Sgt. Thomas Edward Carr. Rheinberg War Cemetery. Grave 11.D.21. Next of kin details not known, are you able to assist? Grave inscription reads: "Only Those Who Loved And Lost Know The Price This Great War Cost".
Researched by Rob Davis and provided to us in December 2018. Page dedicated to the relatives of this crew with thanks to sources as shown.
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