23/24.05.1940 No. 88 Squadron Battle I P2356 P/O. Bert Wickham
Date: 23/24th May 1940 (Tuesday/Wednesday/
Unit: No. 88 Squadron (75 Wing, Advanced Air Striking Force)
Type: Fairey Battle I
Base: Les Grandes Chappelles, France
Location: Springen, Germany
Pilot: P/O. Albert Edgar Wickham 36200 RAF Age 22. Killed
Obs: Sgt. Edward Hibbert 564863 RAF Age 26. Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: AC2. Matthew Whelan 630351 RAF Age 19. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Taking off from the airfield at Les Grandes Chappelles to attack Bingen-on-Rhine - understood to have been hit by flak and aircraft exploded in the air.
Various sources quote that the target area was where they were shot down, others state that they came down at the village of Springen - both marked on the map.
P/O. Albert Edgar Wickham. Durnbach War Cemetery. Collective grave 6.B.17-19. Son of Richard Edgar and Ruth Wickham, of Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand. A total of 243 flying hours logged.
Sgt. Edward Hibbert. Durnbach War Cemetery. Collective grave 6.B.17-19. No further details - are you able to assist?
AC2. Matthew Whelan. Durnbach War Cemetery. Collective grave 6.B.17-19. Son of Matthew and Mary Elizabeth Whelan, of Waterloo, Liverpool. Grave inscription reads: "In Health And Strength He Left His Home, The Good Lord Bidding Him Come".
Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this crew with thanks to sources indicated below.