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Military Branch:
Royal Air Force (United Kingdom)

General Information

Military Branch:
Royal Air Force (United Kingdom) 
Manufacturer:
Avro 
Model:
Lancaster 
Type:
Mk.II 
Serial Number:
DS664 
Identifier:
A4-K 
Nickname:
 
Command:
Bomber Command 
Squadron:
No. 115 Squadron RAF 
Comment:
Airborne 18:48 on 24 Mar 1944 from Witchford. Returning to base at 19,000 feet, shot down by a night-fighter and crashed in flames, near Oberkirchen, 5 km E of Schmallenberg. Those killed were buried at Oberkirchen 26 Apr 1943. They have been subsequently re-interred in the Hannover War Cemetery. Sgt Cleary was repatriated, arriving in Liverpool aboard the Arundel Castle 6 Feb 1945.

F/S J.A.Newman KIA
Sgt E.W.J.Warren KIA
Sgt J.P.Cleary Inj
Sgt C.A.Hilder KIA
Sgt G.R.Burwell PoW
Sgt N.S.Alkemade PoW
Sgt J.J.McDonough KIA

Sgt G.R.Burwell was interned in Camps L6/357. PoW No.3386. See P.137 \'Silk and Barbed Wire\'. Sgt J.P.Cleary was confined in Hospital due injuries until repatriated. Sgt N.S.Alkemade was interned in Camp L3. PoW No.4175. He actually fell 18,000 feet without a parachute. Note: Sgt Alkemade submitted the following report PW/BR/55602/44: ""A chap has beaten my record - he came down from 22,000 feet without a parachute, four thousand more than I did, but we are both alive and I did come off slightly better"". Sgt Alkemade died in 1987

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicholas_Alkemade

Serial range DS601 - DS852 This aircraft was one of 200 Lancasters ordered from Armstrong Whitworth Aircraft in 1941 and built as Mk.11s from Sep42 to Dec43 with, up to DS627, Hercules V1 engines and the remainder Hercules XV1 engines. DS664 was delivered to No.115 Sqdn May43. DS664 also wore the ID KO-X/D DS664 took part in the following Key Operations: Hamburg 25/26Jul43; Hamburg 27/28Jul43; Peenemünde 17/18Aug43; Berlin 18/19Nov43; Berlin 26/27Nov43-aborted; Berlin 2/3Dec43; Berlin 16/17Dec43; Berlin 24/25Mar44-Lost. When lost this aircraft had a total of 238 hours. DS664 was one of four No.115 Sqdn Lancasters lost on this operation. See: DS678; LL694; LL730.
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Start Airport:
Witchford 
Mission:
Bombardement 
Destination:
Berlin 
Date:
1944-03-24 
Losstime:
 
Loss Location:
Hirschberg zwischen Oberkirchen und Westfeld Germany
Cause:
enemy aircraft 
Shot by:
Oblt Heinz Rökker 2./NJG 2 
Damage:
100% 
Luftwaffe Casualty-No.:
 
Source:
Former/Ehemalige Website lostbombers.co.uk
www.cwgc.org
Fliegerblätter 4/13 und 5/13 (107/13)
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ID Rank Name Position Destiny Date of birth Personal ID Burial Place
1 Flight Sergeant James Arthur Newman Pilot killed 0000-00-00 1575537 HANNOVER WAR CEMETERY, 3. F. 18.
2 Sergeant Edgar William John Warren Flight Engineer killed 0000-00-00 1818249 HANNOVER WAR CEMETERY, 3. F. 17.
3 Sergeant John P Cleary Navigator parachute descent, wounded 0000-00-00
4 Sergeant Charles Alfred Hilder Bomb Aimer killed 0000-00-00 1397651 HANNOVER WAR CEMETERY, 3. F. 16.
5 Sergeant G R Burwell WOp AG parachute descent, prisoner of war 0000-00-00 1578621
6 Sergeant Nicholas Stephen Alkemade Rear Gunner prisoner of war 0000-00-00 1431537
7 Sergeant John Joseph McDonough Mid Upper Gunner killed 0000-00-00 1895574 HANNOVER WAR CEMETERY, 3. F. 15.

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