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[576 Squadron RAF]
[Profiles 576 Sqn]
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[Claude Hart 576 Sqn]
[Eddie Saslove 576 Sqn]
[Ray Linklater  576 Sqn]
[Fred Scott 576 Sqn]
[Ron Johnstone 576 Sqn]
[Jimmy Collins  576 Sqn]
[Eric Oliver 576 Sqn]
[T Morren Crew 576 Sqn]
[Stan Slater DSO OBE DFC]
[R R Reed  DSO 576 Sqn]
[Reuben Ainsztein 576 Sqn]
[J H Richards Crew 576 Sqn]
[Joe Duns 576 and 103 Sqns]
[Joe Ford 576 Sqn]
[Roy Whalley DFC 576 Sqn]
[B D Sellick DSO DFC]
[Bill Williams 576 Sqn]
[A C Blackie DFC 576 Sqn]
[Bob Edie 103/576 Sqns]
[Jack Bassett 103 /576 Sqns]
[Rollins & crew 103/576 Sqns]
[Puttock and crew 576 Sqn]
[G T B Clayton 576 Sqn]
[Bell and crew 576 Sqn]
[Presland crew 103/576 Sqn]

Flying Officer John Henry Richards RAFVR and crew - 103 Sqn and 576 Sqn

This crew were posted to 103 from 1667 Heavy Conversion Unit at RAF Lindholme near Doncaster on the 28th Sept 1943.

The crew consisted of :-

576 Squadron Richards

Flying Officer John Henry Richards RAFVR - Pilot. Age 29. Son of Edmund and Maud A. Richards; husband of Avis M. Richards, of Sandford, Somerset.

576 Squadron Mitchell

Sergeant Hubert (Bert) Stanley Mitchell RAFVR - Flight Engineer. Age 39. Son of Francis and Eleanor; husband of Marion, of Port Isaac, Cornwall.

Flight Sergeant Kenneth Earl Bartleman RCAF 1st op, Sergeant J R Evans 2nd/3rd/4th/6th ops, - Sergeant G Evans RAFVR 7th/8th ops - Air Bomber.
Bartleman went on to fly with 156 Pathfinder Squadron, was commissioned and awarded a DFC. The Sgt J R Evans and Sgt G Evans may well be the same man and this is a discrepency in the 103 Sqn and 576 Sqn ORBs. The crew for the 5th op is unknown as it was cancelled due to high winds before all the aircraft had taken off so the crew is not recorded.

Sergeant Arthur Edward Hooper RAFVR - Navigator.

576 Squadron Irons

Sergeant Sidney Walter Irons RAFVR - Wireless Operator. Age 34. Son of Thomas and Jessie; husband of Rose Lucy, of Edmonton, Middlesex.

576 Squadron Milburn

Sergeant Charles Milburn RAFVR - Air Gunner. Age: 19. Son of Charles and Jessie Milburn, of Rothbury, Northumberland.

Sergeant Harold Johnson RAFVR - Air Gunner. Age 19. Son of William and Florence Johnson, of Bolton, Lancashire.

576 Squadron Marks

On their fatal operation an 8th crew member was added to this crew - Flying Officer  Bertie James Marks RAFVR - Second Pilot. Age 27. Husband of J. L. A. Marks, of Bexleyheath, Kent.

Operations flown with 103 Squadron.

20-Oct-43 Leipzig Lancaster ED913
22-Oct-43 Kassel Lancaster ED913
10-Nov-43 Modane Lancaster ED913
18-Nov-43 Berlin Lancaster JA868
22-Nov-43 Berlin Lancaster W4337
23-Nov-43 Berlin Lancaster ED417 - DNTO - Cancelled due to high winds which caused some aircraft to swing on take off
26-Nov-43 Berlin Lancaster ED913- Diverted to Croft because of bad visibilty at base.

In late November 1943 F/O Richards and his crew were transferred to the newly formed 576 Sqn also at Elsham Wolds.

Operations flown with 576 Squadron.

02-Dec-43 Berlin ED913
23-Dec-43 Berlin ED913 FTR - Reportedly crashed near the
near the village of Altkuenkendorf, Germany. Details unknown but probably night fighter victim.


The Air Bomber, Sgt G Evans, escaped by parachute and was taken POW. He survived the war.

The deceased are buried at the 39/45 Berlin War Cemetery.

Lancaster ED913 was a long serving machine at Elsham Wolds having flown over 50 ops from May 1943.

Pics here of a nice model of ED913 made by James who is related to Charles Milburn who was killed with this crew.


ED913 1st

ED913 2nd

ED913 3rd

Item written by David W Fell.


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