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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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No IX Squadron
1941 No 9 Squadron Wellington IC T2473 WS-M P/O George Guy Sharp

Operation: Berlin, Germany

Date: 9/10th April 1941 (Wednesday/Thursday)

Unit: No. 9 Squadron

Type: Wellington IC

Serial: T2473

Code: WS-M

Base: RAF Honington, Suffolk

Location: Veldhausen near Nordhorn, Germany

Pilot: P/O. George Guy Sharp. 84036. RAF. Age 29. Killed (1)

2nd Pilot: P/O. John Norman Fisher. 88230. RAFVR. Age 22. Killed (2)

Obs: P/O. Richard Cardew Rendle. 87354. RAFVR. Age 24. Killed (3)

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Joseph Anderson. 974017. RAFVR. Age 21. Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Cyril Bruce Parris. 908233. RAFVR. Age? Killed (4)

Air/Gnr: P/O. Walter Patrick Strickland. 78701. RAFVR. Age 31. Killed (5)

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Pilot Officer George Guy Sharpe and crew flying in Wellington T2473 took-off from RAF Honington at 20.00hrs for an operation on Berlin. Nothing further was heard from this aircraft after take off. The  loss of this aircraft was claimed by Orbit. Fritz Gutezeit, Stab III./NJG. The International Red Cross reported later that all the crew had been killed. This was the only aircraft lost from the Squadron on this operation


Wellington IC aircraft from No IX Squadron


Reichswald Forest War Cemetery (courtesy CWGC) P/O. George Guy Sharps headstone (courtesy Ralph McLean South Africa War Graves Project)

Burial details:

P/O. George Guy Sharp. Son of George W. and Edith Sharp. Husband of Jeanette Claire Sharp B. Sc. Eng (University of Witwatersrand, South Africa. Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany. Grave Ref: 14. F. 14. (1) George Guy Sharp was granted a commission for the duration of hostilities as Acting Pilot Officer on the 26th August 1940 and was confirmed as a Pilot Officer on the 17th September 1940. P/O. Sharp was posted to No 9 Squadron on the 12th December 1940 from 11 OTU (Operational Training Unit) Bassingbourne, Cambridgeshire and is remembered on the King Edward VII School War Memorial, Johannesburg, South Africa and on the Metropolitan Vickers Electrical Co. War Memorial, Manchester. At the time of his death George's address was 8 Groby Court, Groby Road, Altrincham, Cheshire

P/O. John Norman Fisher is remembered on the Charney Hall School Plaque, Grange Parish Church (courtesy of Cumbrian War Memorials)

P/O. John Norman Fisher. Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany. Grave Ref: 14. F. 15-16. Son of John Naylor Fisher and Ada Fisher of Lytham St. Annes, Lancashire. (2) John Norman Fisher was granted a commission for the duration of hostilities on the 16th November 1940 and was posted to No 9 Squadron on the 25th March 1941 from RAF Abington and is remembered on the Charney Hall School War Memorial

P/O. Richard Cardew Rendle. Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany. Grave Ref: 14. F. 15-16. Son of Hugh Bainbridge Rendle and Hilda Mabel Rendle of Bude, Cornwell. (3) LAC Richard Cardew Rendle was promoted to Sergeant and granted a commission for the duration of the hostilities 20th October 1940 and was posted to No 9 Squadron on the 16 December 1940 from No 11 OTU (Operational Training Unit) Richard is remembered on the Combe Down War Memorial, Bath

Sgt. Joseph Anderson. Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany. Grave Ref: 14. F. 17-18. Son of James and Mary Annie Anderson of Larkhall, Lanarkshire, Scotland

Sgt. Cyril Bruce Parris. Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany. Grave Ref: 14. F. 17-18. Son of Cyril John Frederick Parris and Kate Parris. (4) Cyril was born on the 28th August 1918 in Croydon and is remembered on the Croydon War Memorial

P/O. Walter Patrick Strickland. Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany. Grave Ref: 14. G. 1. Son of Maj. Thomas Gerard Strickland and Margaret Strickland. (5) Acting Pilot Officer Strickland was graded as Pilot Officer on the 19th May 1940

Researched by: Kate Tame Aircrew Remembered and for all the relatives and friends of the crew. With special thanks to Commonwealth War Graves Commission, W. R. Chorley - Bomber Command Losses 1941, UK National Archives Air 27/126 and Air 27/131, Imperial War Museum, Keith Burroughs, London Gazette archives, Ralph McLean - South Africa War Graves Project, Cumbrian War Memorial 

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