17/18.08.1943 No: 115 Squadron Lancaster II DS630 KO-H F/O. Pusey
Operation: Peenemünde Germany
Date: 17/18th August 1943 (Tuesday/Wednesday)
Unit: No. 115 Squadron
Type: Lancaster MkII
Base: RAF Little Snoring
Location: Baltic Sea 1 nautical mile south east of Gedser, Danmark
Pilot: F/O. Frederick Ronald Charles Pusey 120587 RAFVR Age 23. Missing - believed killed
Fl/Eng: Sgt. Thomas Marshall Leonard 1678529 RAFVR Age 23. Missing - believed killed
Nav: F/O. Cecil Gilbert Bruton J/22495 RCAF Age 23. Missing - believed killed
Air/Bmr: P/O. John Duncan Skelton Cable 139683 RAFVR Age 19. Missing - believed killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Leslie Pinnington Howard 1029361 RAFVR Age 32. Missing - believed killed
Air/Gnr: Sgt Mervin George McKibbon R/129152 RCAF Age 30. Missing - believed killed
Air/Gnr: Sgt John Joseph Corbett 1321331 RAFVR Age 20. Missing - believed killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Taking off from RAF Little Snoring in Norfolk at 21:38 hrs. on an operation to destroy the secret research centre at Peenemünde where the Germans were developing the V2 rocket.
The raid was a success and delayed production of the V2. DS630 was probably shot down by a German Nightfighter Oblt. Paul Zorner of 3./NJG3 and his wireless operator, Heinrich Wilke, in a Me BF-110 at 01:53 hrs.
(1) Oblt. Paul Anton Guido Zorner, already a night fighter ace at this time (this one his 11th) went on to claim a total of 59 night victories. He survived the war - imprisoned by the Soviets until 1949 he went on to work for Hoechst as their Chief Engineer before retiring in 1981. He died in Hamburg on the 27th January 2014 age 93. (Information courts Kracker Archive on this website.
F/O. Frederick Ronald Charles Pusey. Runnymede Memorial - panel 129. Son of Frederick William and Ethel Henrietta Pusey, of Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire, England.
Sgt. Thomas Marshall Leonard. Runnymede Memorial - panel 156. Son of Thomas Phillips Leonard and Dorothy Leonard, of Prudhoe, Northumberland, England.
F/O. Cecil Gilbert Bruton. Runnymede Memorial - panel 173. Understood to be from Oronos, Ontario, Canada - no further details are you able to assist?
P/O. John Duncan Skelton Cable. Runnymede Memorial - panel 131. Son of Eric Grant Cable and Nellie Margaret Cable, of Radlett, Hertfordshire, England.
Sgt. Leslie Pinnington Howard. Runnymede Memorial - panel 154. Husband of Winifred F. Howard, of Tue Brook, Liverpool, England.
Sgt Mervin George McKibbon. Runnymede Memorial - panel 186. Runnymede Memorial - panel 186. Son of William Edward and Nellie McKibbon, of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Sgt John Joseph Corbett. Runnymede Memorial - panel 146. Son of Florence Ellen Corbett and stepson of Richard Alfred Thurston, of South Lopham, Norfolk, England.
Researched Michel Beckers for Aircrew Remembered - September 2018. Photographs from the Michel Beckers collection. Also thanks to Graham Sturrock who contacted us in January 2019 with pilot photograph. Ralph Snape for correction details.