Again thanks to Marc and Matt for the supply of a second image to add to the RoH pages, this time of Sgt. Brian Arthur Rogers, RAFVR 1384352, who was killed on the 27th April 1943, whilst flying as Rear Gunner with Peter Buck’s crew on an Op to Duisburg. Brian’s name is recorded on the Screen Wall, at the back of the War Graves plot in the Cemetery.
P/O Peter John Oswald Buck , DFC, RNZAF NZ413377 was awarded an Immediate Distinguished Flying Cross for his actions that night and the citation for his award on the 26th of the same month, tells in simple, but tragic terms what happened that night.
“One night in April 1943 Pilot Officers Buck and Symons (RCAF) were Pilot and Navigator repectively of an aircraft detailed to attack Duisburg. Whilst over the target area, the aircraft was attacked by an enemy fighter and sustained much damage. The Rear Gunner was mortally wounded, while Pilot Officer Symons was wounded in the hand. Pilot Officer Buck succeeded in evading the attacker and set course for base. On the return flight the damaged bomber became difficult to control and when one of the engines failed, the aircraft began to lose height. All moveable equipment was jettisoned and, height being maintained, Pilot Officer Buck flew the aircraft back to base where he effected a perfect crash-landing. During the return flight, Pilot Officer Symons, in spite of his injury, did all within his power to help his pilot, obtaining a number of fixes which proved of great assistance. In a most difficult situation these officers displayed courage. skill and determination of a high order”.
P/O John Henry Symons, RCAF R.77568/ J.16507 was also awarded the D.F.C. for his actions that night.