Méharicourt

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Lancaster ED825 AJ-E

617 Sqn

                                       
  Date :  10 décembre 1943
  Mission :  SOE : Parachutage d'armes pour la résistance
                                       
        Décollage : 
Tempsford à 20:35
     
        Causes du crash :  Abattu par la Flak
     
        Lieu du crash :  Doullens (80)      
                                       
W/O2 Robert CUMMINGS RCAF R/141707 KIA Inhumé à Calais (62)
F/Sgt Robert Geoffrey HOWELL RAF VR 1380180 KIA  
P/O Ralph Neville JONES RAF VR 155094 KIA  
Sgt Arthur William RICHARDSON RAF VR 1294108 KIA  
Sgt Brook ROBINSON RAF VR 987906 KIA          
W/O Edward Joseph WALTERS RCAF R/131192 KIA          
F/O Gordon Herbert WEEDEN RCAF J/17287 KIA          
                                       

 

                                       
 

Spitfire MA642 KH-

403 Sqn

                                       
  Date :  28 janvier 1944
  Mission :  Ranger 22 :  Région Lille (59) / Amiens (80)
                                       
        Décollage : 
Kenley à 15:00
     
        Causes du crash :  Abattu en combat aérien par des Fw190
     
        Lieu du crash :  Doullens (80)      
                                       
P/O Claude WEAVER RCAF J/17287 KIA Distinguished Flying Cross Distinguished Flying Medal and Bar
                                       
Distinguished Flying Medal.
Can./R.83374 Sergeant Claude WEAVER, Royal Canadian Air Force No. 185 Squadron.
In combats over Malta this gallant airman destroyed five German fighters and assisted in the destruction of a bomber, all within one week. He has set a courageous and inspiring example.
SECOND SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE of FRIDAY, the 14th of AUGUST, 1942.
Distinguished Flying Cross.
Pilot Officer Claude WEAVER, D.F.M. (Can/J.18784), Royal Canadian Air Force, No 403 (R.C.A.F.) Squadron.
Within recent months this officer has taken part in numerous low-level attacks against a variety of targets such as airfields and gun emplacements, and throughout has displayed great determination. In air fighting he has destroyed a further 7 enemy aircraft, bringing his victories to 12. His successes are an excellent tribute to his great skill, courage and resolution.
FOURTH SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE of TUESDAY, the 14th of MARCH, 1944.

 

                                       
 

Halifax LV875 HD-F

466 Sqn

                                       
  Date :  11 avril 1944
  Mission :  Bombardement d'installations ferroviaires à Tergnier (02)
                                       
        Décollage : 
Leconfield à 20:58
     
        Causes du crash :  Abattu par des chasseurs de nuit
     
        Lieu du crash :  Rosières en Santerre (80)      
                                       
F/Sgt John Cecil BOND RAAF 420433 KIA  
F/Sgt John Neville KEYS RAAF 426112 KIA  
W/O John Henry MAUNDER RAAF 412562 KIA  
Sgt Donald Kenneth MESSENGER RAF VR 1588224 KIA  
F/Sgt Brian Leo SHEEAN RAAF 409855 KIA          
F/Sgt Clifford Young WARREN RAAF 427047 KIA          
Sgt John Arthur WHITE RAF VR 1548168 KIA          
                                       

 

                                       
 

Halifax LW723 NP-X

158 Sqn

                                       
  Date :  11 avril 1944
  Mission :  Bombardement d'installations ferroviaires à Tergnier (02)
                                       
        Décollage : 
Lisset à 20:54
     
        Causes du crash :  Abattu par la Flak
     
        Lieu du crash :  Erches (80)      
                                       
W/O2 William Etienne Joseph BRAYLEY RCAF R/108037 EVA  
Sgt P. DOWDESWELL RAF   EVA Capturé le 27/07/1944
W/O2 Arnold Roy Alexander GIBSON RCAF J/87558 KIA  
F/Sgt Henry Thomas JEFFREY RAF VR 1392693 EVA  
Sgt Dennis George ROBBINS RAF 623468 KIA          
Sgt James John TURNER RAF VR 749921 KIA          
Sgt John Clifford WILLIAMS RAF VR 1819867 KIA          
                                       

 

                                       
 

Halifax MZ533 NP-G

158 Sqn

                                       
  Date : 11 avril 1944
  Mission : Bombardement d'installations ferroviaires à Tergnier (02)
                                       
        Décollage :
Lisset à 20:41
     
        Causes du crash : Abattu par un chasseur de nuit
     
        Lieu du crash : entre Rosières en Santerre et Caix (80)      
                                       
F/Sgt Robert William DISS RAF VR 1445548 KIA  
F/Sgt Philip Thomas HEARD RAF VR 1393141 KIA  
Sgt Leslie George ROWLEY RAF VR 1890653 KIA  
F/Sgt Thomas Edward Frederick SIMS RAF VR 1320290 KIA  
Sgt William SOMERVILLE RAF VR 1553634 KIA          
Sgt Harry TAYLOR RAF VR 1891931 KIA          
Sgt Philip Anthony WENHAM RAF VR 1458038 KIA          
                                       

 

                                       
 

Lancaster JB732 PM-S

103 Sqn

                                       
  Date :  11 avril 1944
  Mission :  Bombardement d'installations ferroviaires à Aulnoye (59)
                                       
        Décollage : 
Elsham Wolds à 23:10
     
        Causes du crash :  Abattu la Flak  
        Lieu du crash :  "Val Vion" à Beauquesne (80)      
                                       
P/O John Walker ARMSTRONG RNZAF 42996 KIA  
Sgt H.J. BEDDIS RAF   POW  
Sgt Reginald Patrick BOWLER RAF VR 1626590 KIA  
F/O Michael Frederick DILLON RNZAF 411866 KIA  
F/O Alec William DRAGE RAF VR 135745 EVA          
Sgt L. FISHER RAF   POW          
F/Sgt Angus John MacAulay RAF VR 1361166 EVA          
                                       

 

                                       
 

Halifax LV954 NP-Q

158 Sqn

                                       
  Date :  18 avril 1944
  Mission :  Bombardement d'installations ferroviaires à Tergnier (02)
                                       
        Décollage : 
Lissett à 21:03
     
        Causes du crash :  Abattu par un chasseur de nuit
     
        Lieu du crash :  Damery (80)      
                                       
P/O Peter KETTLES-ROY RAF VR 174614 KIA  
Sgt Alan Francis KNELLER RAF VR 1608360 KIA  
Sgt Michael MADDEN RAF VR 1874494 KIA  
F/Sgt George McEWAN RAF VR 1552110 KIA          
Sgt Leslie SOWDEN RAF VR 1036187 POW          
P/O Peter George TAYLOR RAF VR 55029 POW          
F/Sgt Robert Willis WRIGHT RAAF 410780 KIA          
                                       

 

                                       
 

Lancaster KB714 VR-Y

419 Sqn

                                       
  Date : 13 juin 1944
  Mission : Bombardement d'installations ferroviaires à Cambrai (59)
                                       
        Décollage :
Middleton St Geoge à 21:35
     
        Causes du crash : Abattu par un chasseur de nuit
     
        Lieu du crash : Courcelette (80)      
                                       
P/O Richard William FRANCIS RCAF J/92336 KIA  
P/O Maxennis GATES RCAF J/92338 KIA  
F/O Douglas James McMULLEN RCAF J/36038 KIA  
F/O Charles Robert McORMOND RCAF J/28873 KIA          
F/O Ross Norman POLE RCAF J/28557 KIA          
Sgt Captain Clayton WHITE RCAF R/77630 KIA          
F/O Russel Nelson WILSON RCAF J/25378 KIA          
                                       

 

                                       
 

Lancaster KB726 VR-A

419 Sqn

                                       
  Date : 13 juin 1944
  Mission : Bombardement d'installations ferroviaires à Cambrai (59)
                                       
        Décollage :
Middleton à St George à 21:44
     
        Causes du crash : Abattu par un JU88
     
        Lieu du crash : Gaudiempre (62)      
                                       
F/O A.R. BODY RCAF J/25292 EVA  
P/O Arthur BREYNE
RCAF J/24319 EVA  
F/O G.P. BROPHY RCAF J/ EVA  
Sgt J.W. FRIDAY RCAF R/ POW          
W/O2 W. James KELLY RCAF R/100664 EVA          
W/O2 Andrew Charles MYNARSKI RCAF J/87544 KIA Victoria Cross
Sgt Roy E. VIGARS RCAF   POW          
                                       
The KING has been graciously pleased to confer the VICTORIA CROSS on the under­ mentioned officer in recognition of most conspicus bravery :
Pilot Officer Andrew Charles MYNARSKl (Can./J.87544) (deceased), Royal Canadian Air Force, No. 419 (R.C.A.F.) Squadron.
Pilot Officer Mynarski was the mid-upper gunner of a Lancaster aircraft, detailed to attack a target at Cambrai in France, on the night of 12th June, 1944. The aircraft was attacked from below and astern by an enemy fighter and ultimately came clown in flames. As an immediate result of the attack, both port engines failed. Fire broke out between the mid-upper turret and the rear turret, as well as in the port wing. The flames soon became fierœ a:nd the captain ordered the crew to abandon the aircraft. Pilot Officer Mynarski left his turret and went towards the escape hatch. He then saw that the rear gunner was still in his turret and apparently unable to leave it. The turret was in fact, immovable, since the hydraulic gear had been put out of action when the port engines failed, and the manual gear had been broken by the gunner in his attempts to escape. Without hesitation, Pilot Officer Mynarski made his way through the flames in an endeavour to reach the rear turret and release the gunner. Whilst so doing, his parachute and his clothing, up to the waist, were set on fire. Ail his efforts to move the turret and free the gunner were in vain. Eventually the rear gunner dearly indicated to him that there was nothing more he could do and that he should try to save his own life. Pilot Officer Mynarski reluctantly went back through the flames to the escape batch. There as a last gesture to the trapped gunner, he turned to­ wards him, stood to attention in his flaming clothing and saluted, before he jumped out of the aircraft. Pilot Officer Mynarski's descent was seen by French people on the ground. Both his parachute and clothing were on fire. He was found eventually by the French, but was so severely burnt that he died from his injuries. The rear gunner had a miraculous escape when the aircraft crashed. He subsequently testified that had Pilot Officer Mynarski not attempted to save his comrade's life, he could have left the aircraft in safety and would, doubtless, have escaped death. Pilot Officer Mynarski must have been fully aware that in trying to free the rear gunner he was almost certain to lose his own life. Despite this, with outstanding courage and complete disregard for his own safety, he went to the rescue. Willingly accepting the danger, Pilot Officer Mynarski lost his life by a most conspicuous act of heroism which called for valour of the highest order.
SECOND SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE of TUESDAY, the 8th of OCTOBER, 1946.