1940 - 1945
Thanks to Malcolm Sweeney son of Alfred E. Sweeney we received the following photo's and info,
His father served with 115 Squadron at RAF Witchford from 11/4/44 to 29/4/44. He joined the RAF in 1938 as a Halton apprentice and retired in 1976 as a Wing Commander.
Whilst based at Witchford he was a pilot (Flying Officer) and flew Lancaster Bomber E for Emily, he completed a tour of 30 missions over occupied Europe.
His first on 20/4/44 Cologne his final one 12/8/44 Brunswick. He died in 2011, aged 89. His mission list.
The Crew: This is the back row only. My Father F/O Sweeney is in the middle of the 9 at the back so I presume the names relate to the 7 around him and don't include the airman at each end.
Left, 1946 in Egypt,
above, 1976 UK.
Any information about the other people on the photo is welcome !
Second from the left her Father, Charlie Sheppard (DFM), later he was assigned to the Pathfinder's.
Thanks to George Allison we have another face to our Roll of Honour. F/S John Laurence Duffy 413046 RNZAF.
He was shot down with his crew on the 24th March 1944. There were no survivors.
Vipond Thomas Elliott – Pilot
Diggle Arthur – FE
Duffy John Laurence – Nav
Hammond John Edwin - WOP
Deemer Edward John - BA
Hull Alexander John - MUG
Coulter Robert Leslie - RG
The Wellington bomber IC T-2509 KO-W Crashed into the North Sea whilst returning from Berlin on 14th/15th Nov 1940.
All crew survived, one crewmember, Dean Edgar Albert, drowned.
Harry later became a test pilot and unfortunately crashed in a Typhoon in Scotland leaving him with terrible burns to his face hands.
He was honourably discharged and became one of Sir Archibald McIndoe’s “Guinea Pig Club”
Lionel Walter Eade and his crew did not return from a mission on Hamburg 3 August 1943.
Lancaster Mk II DS685 KO-A was shot down by a night fighter and crashed in the North Sea.
F/S Button Cyril, Pilot, age 22, 1339068, RAFVR - Runnymede Memorial panel 135
Sgt Bell Eric, FE, age?, 1558567, RAFVR - Runnymede Memorial panel 142
Sgt Pasquins Richard, Nav, age 20, 1396394, RAFVR - Runnymede Memorial panel 161
Sgt Brown Charles, WOP, age 31, 1208686 - RAFVR Runnymede Memorial panel 143
Sgt Petts Laurence, BA, age 21, 1321179, RAFVR - Runnymede Memorial panel 161
Sgt Eade Lionel, MUG, age 21, 1621889, RAFVR - Runnymede Memorial panel 148
Sgt Bailey John, RG, age 24, 547782, RAF - Runnymede Memorial panel 141
Also were lost, Lancaster Mk II DS673 KO-V – no survivors, and Lancaster Mk II DS715 KO-Q – no survivors.
On this mission 115 Squadron lost 21 crewmembers.