Rest easy now boys.
It appears that the Lanc is 97's JB 221. Here's some more info regarding the aircraft and crew. Blue skies boys.
Lancaster JB221 Information
Serial Number JB221
Date 1 25th November 1943
Date 2 26th November 1943
"Serial range JA672 - JB748 This aircraft was one of 550Lancasters ordered from A.V.roe (chadderton) late 1941 and delivered from Jun43 to Dec43 as Lancaster Mk.111s with Merlin 28 engines initially installed in early production, merlin 28 or 38 engines in mid-production and Merlin 38 engines only on late production. JB221 was delivered to 97 Sqdn 4Sep43. JB221 also took part in the Key Raid against Mannheim 23/24Sep43. No other Key Raids traced. When lost this aircraft had a total of 77 hours. Airborne 0030 26Nov43 from Bourn. Crashed at Brandau, 12 km SSW of Reinheim. At least five were buried at Brandau, although four, including F/L Brown, their American skipper, are now commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial. At Durnbach War Cemetery are the graves of F/O Aley RCAF and both Air Gunners. F/L C.M.Brown Croix de Guerre (France) RCAF KIA P/O G.Smith KIA P/O T.Watson KIA F/O H.C.Aley RCAF KIA Sgt B.F.Tutt KIA Sgt D.H.W.Little KIA F/s R.W.Sinden RAAF KIA "
'I do not think we can hope for any better thing now.
We shall stick it out to the end, but we are getting weaker of course, and the end cannot be far.
It seems a pity, but I do not think I can write more. R. SCOTT.
Last Entry - For God's sake look after our people.'
In memory of Capt. Robert Falcon Scott, Edward Wilson, Henry Bowers, Lawrence Oates and Edgar Evans. South Pole Expedition, 30th March 1912.
Beat me to it!
I was just looking at Chorley's BCL and was just about to post the updated info...!
Thanks for showing us that Don.
It's good to see that these brave young chaps can at last rest in peace, and I'm not concerned about which side they were on. I hope this closure can give any surviving relatives peace of mind also.
Very best regards,
Great to see the work done by all those involved to get this result , it tis a good example of how the work of those involved in the search for KIA/MIA of any nation can still be a positive thing for relatives all these years later
The gates of hell were opened and we accepted the invitation to enter" 26/880 Lance Sgt, Edward Dyke. 26th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers , ( 3rd Tyneside Irish )
1st July 1916
Thought shall be the harder , heart the keener,
Courage the greater as our strength faileth.
Here lies our leader ,in the dust of his greatness.
Who leaves him now , be damned forever.
We who are old now shall not leave this Battle,
But lie at his feet , in the dust with our leader
House Carles at the Battle of Hastings
Your very good at this on line research stuff, you should go into business!
And heres where it was born, avroes in chadderton now bae about 5 mins from my house,my grandad used to build the lancs there,my mothers still got a piece of windscreen from one somewhere that my grandad made into a brooch for my gran, glad to hear these guys are now at rest , rgds Dave
Hi guys, here is a news clip in English by AFN. Hope ya all like. Danny
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You,re overdue boys, but welcome home, rest in eternal peace