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214 Squadron Crest
07/08.07.1941 No. 214 Squadron Wellington Ic T2992 BU-J

Operation: Köln (Cologne)

Date: 07/08th July 1941 (Monday/Tuesday)

Unit: No. 214 Squadron (motto: Ultor in umbris 'Avenging in the shadows')

Type: Wellington Ic

Serial: T2992

Code: BU-J

Base: RAF Stradishall, Suffolk

Location: Genk, Belgium

Pilot: F/O. Reginald Maurice Peter Jenkyns 76584 RAFVR Age 25. Killed

Pilot: P/O. John McAnally 62291 RAF Age 25. Killed

Obs: P/O. Donald Noel Robert Armstrong AUS/400009 RAAF Age 28. Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Edward Henry King 918289 RAFVR Age 23. Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Arthur Evans 1106238 RAFVR Age 21. Killed

Air/Gnr: Sgt. George Frederick Roughton 1014802 RAFVR PoW No: 39233 Camp: Stalag Luft Sagan


A 01:54 hrs Wellington T2992 was coned in searchlights from a Flak unit which, despite manoeuvres from the aircraft totally dazzled the pilot.

Shortly afterward the Wellington came down - killing all but the rear gunner of the crew.

Burial details:

F/O. Reginald Maurice Peter Jenkyns. As Communal Cemetery. Grave 5. Son of Reginald Richard and Julia Gladys Jenkyns, of Swaythling, Southampton, England. Attended Portsmouth Grammar School 1929-1930. Grave inscription reads: "The Lord Will Be With Thee, He Will Not Fail Thee Neither Forsake Thee: Fear Not".

P/O. John McAnally. As Communal Cemetery. Grave 3. Son of the Revd. James Mortimer La Fontaine McAnally, M.A., and Francisca Sybil McAnally, of Alton Barnes Rectory, Wiltshire, England. B.A. (Cantab.): Gonville and Caius College. Grave inscription reads: "If I Climb Up Into Heaven, Thou Art There" Psalm Cxxxix. 7".

P/O. Donald Noel Robert Armstrong. As Communal Cemetery. Grave 1. Born on the 16th January 1914. Abank clerk prior to service. Enlisted Enlisted 28th April 1940 Son of Donald Robert and Florence Stone Armstrong, Stepmother Sarah Jane Armsrong, husband of Margery Garton Armstrong, of Royal Avenue, Sandringham, Victoria, Australia. Grave inscription reads: "He Gave His Life For Freedom".

Sgt. Edward Henry King. As Communal Cemetery. Grave 4. Son of Ernest Edward and Caroline Alice Louise King, of Shepherd's Bush, London, England. Grave inscription reads: "Not Gone From Memory Not Gone From Love But Gone To Our Father's Home Above".

Sgt. Arthur Evans. As Communal Cemetery. Grave 2. Son of William John and Margaret Alice Evans, of Rhyl, Flintshire, Wales.

Wellington T2992 photographs courtesy Michel Beckers. For further details our thanks to the following sources.

KTY 17.06.2019

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