30/31 May 1942
Wellington Mk III - Z1614 - KO-R
|T/o Marham 2359 - Target Cologne (Germany).
The first 1.000 bomber raid.
Z1614 was intercepted while in Luftwaffe Radar Box 6A by Oblt Barte of the IV./NJG 1 operating from Sint-Truiden. Crashed at Ticheloven approximately 1 km NW of Wijgmaal, at 0157 hrs.
Photo added by K. Nyssen for Hanger Flying
F/S Crampton was shot down on 27 Augustus 1941 while operating with 9 Sqdn and had evaded and returned to the UK via the "O'Leary Line".
1,047 aircraft were dispatched, this number being made up as follows:
Aircraft totals: 602 Wellingtons, 131 Halifaxes, 88 Stirlings, 79 Hampdens, 73 Lancasters, 46 Manchesters, 28 Whitleys = 1,047 aircraft.
The RAF lost 41 aircraft which were: 29 Wellingtons, 4 Manchesters, 3 Halifaxes, 2 Stirlings, 1 Hampden, 1 Lancaster, 1 Whitley, 3.9 per cent of the bombing force.
Source: nationalarchives.gov.uk - Bomber Command - Campaign Diary May 1942.
| Thanks to Graham Waterdon we have this photo,
This is the photo of the Davie crew. Taken spring 1942 at Marham.
As I mentioned in my post, after Davie was posted, Sgt Edwards became their skipper.
All were lost on the Cologne 1000 raid.
The only individual I can identify is the extreme right who is Hubert Croston, the Rear Gunner. Interesting that the largest man had the smallest place on the aircraft!
I would like to hear from you if you can identify any of the others.
Via Mark Every we received new info,
|Edwards Emrys - Pilot
Sgt - Service No 1379351
Son of Evan William and Margaret Edwards.
Runnymede Memorial - panel RP82
|Crampton William Francis - Observer
F/S - Service No 988765 - Mentioned in Despatches.
Son of Frederick and Maud Crampton, of Newton-le-Willows, Lancashire.
Runnymede Memorial - panel 73
|Boyle Malcolm - WOP
Sgt - Service No 1109750
Son of Francis and Mary Ann Boyle, of Glasgow.
Runnymede Memorial - panel 78
|McLeod William Arnott - FG
Sgt - Service No 745477
Son of William Arnott McLeod and Agnes Lawson McLeod.
Runnymede Memorial - panel 89
Source: CWGC - photo: Peter Drysdale for findagrave.com
|Sproston Hubert - RG
Sgt - Service No 1177725
Son of Hubert S. and Florence W. Sproston, of Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire.
Runnymede Memorial - panel 94