Ellecourt

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Lancaster HK536 JO-H

463 Sqn

                                       
  Date :   05 juillet 1944
  Mission :   Bombardement du site de V1 de Saint Leu d'Esserent (60)
                                       
        Décollage :  Waddington à 23:21
     
        Causes du crash :   
        Lieu du crash :
Ellecourt (76)      
                                       
 Sgt Arthur Charles BROWN A/B RAF VR 1399195 KIA  
F/O Alfred Kyrwood CARTER Pil RAAF 421887 KIA  
F/Sgt George Edward DOWLING A/G RAAF 429881 KIA  
F/Sgt Thomas Francis MAHER WOP A/G RAAF 421812 KIA  
F/Sgt Robert Henry NORMAN Nav RAF VR 1394301 KIA  
Sgt Bernard John WATTS F/Eng RAF VR 1653038 KIA  
F/Sgt Geoffrey Roy WHIMPEY A/G RAAF 434299 KIA British Empire Medal
                                       
Bristish Empire Medal (Military Division)
Aus./434299 Flight Sergeant Geoffrey Ray Whimpey Royal Australian Air Force.
One night in May 1944, Flight Sergeant Whimpey was the rear gunner of a Stirling aircraft which crashed and caught fire after stalling at an altitude of 300 feet. Five of the crew were killed but this airman was in his turret which was torn from the aircraft and flung some distance away from it. Flight Sergeant Whimpey was thrown out of the turret and althougt he was uninjured, he suffered badly from shock. Despite this experience he was one of the first to enter the blazing wreckage and rendered most valuable service in extricating other members of the crew. Throughout the rescue work there was considerable danger from exploding ammunition and the fuel tanks blew up with an explosion which shook buildings 2 miles distant. Flight Sergeant Whimpey continued to render assistance courageously until the medical officer ordered him to go to the ambulance.
THIRD SUPPLEMENT to THE LONDON GAZETTE of FRIDAY, the 18th of AUGUST, 1944.