D.M. Johnson crew 30.05.42 †

30/05/1942 – Bombing Attacks Against Cologne
Twenty-three Wellington aircraft, including IA, IC,III, were detailed to carry out the above attacks. One of these aircraft, Wellington IA T.2894, captained by P/O Johnson (attached to this Unit from C.G.S. Suton Bridge) failed to return to base. Another aircraft X.3751 captained by P/O Jarman, was badly damaged by flak, both fuel tanks being holed and both port and starboard airspeed indicators rendered unserviceable. The bomb load consisted of 4000lbs, 1000lbs, 500lbs and 30lbs. and 4lbs incendiaries. The weather conditions were excellent, and the target was bombed successfully many fires being started in all parts of the town. A.A. fire was very erratic and searchlights were working in cones. A large number of enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks resulted. Navigation was by D/R, TR, Q.D.M., Loop.

Wellington Mk.Ic N.2894 AA-?
(crew attached from Central Gunnery School, Sutton Bridge)

P/O David Malcolm Johnson, RAFVR 103511 – Pilot.
W/O Oldrich Jambor, RAFVR 787441 – 2nd Pilot.
F/L Hector Austin Charles Batten, RAF 61948 – Observer.
F/S Josiah Robert Connor, RAFVR 621339 – Wireless Operator.
F/S John McKenzie Mclean, RAFVR 968453 – Front Gunner.
F/S G.J. Waddington-Allwright, RAFVR 751360 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off – – Landed –
Flight Time missing

A ‘borrowed’ Wellington Mk IA, T2894, from Central Gunnery School, Sutton Bridge, was shot down by a night-fighter over Holland.

The only survivor was the rear gunner, who was taken prisoner of war. All other crew members died.

P/O David Malcolm Johnson, RAFVR 103511 – Pilot.
Killed age 21.
Son of Malcolm Edward and Dora Edith Johnson, of Wembley, Middlesex; husband of Dinny Lorraine Johnson.
Buried Apeldoorn (Ugchelen-Heidehof) General Cemetery, Holland..
Grave location – Plot 4. Grave 137.
‘Greater love
Hath no man than this,
That a man lay down
His life for his friends’

W/O Oldrich Jambor, RAFVR 787441 – 2nd Pilot.
Killed age 29.
of Czechoslovakia.
Buried Apeldoorn (Ugchelen-Heidehof) General Cemetery, Holland..
Grave location – Plot 4. Grave 141.

F/L Hector Austin Charles Batten, RAFVR 61948 – Observer.
Killed age 23.
Buried Apeldoorn (Ugchelen-Heidehof) General Cemetery, Holland..
Grave location – Plot 4. Grave 138.

F/S John McKenzie Mclean, RAFVR 968453 – Front Gunner.
Killed age 22.
Son of John Corgal McLean and Christina McCall McLean; husband of Edna Mary McLean.
Buried Apeldoorn (Ugchelen-Heidehof) General Cemetery, Holland..
Grave location – Plot 4. Grave 139.
‘All that you hoped for,
All you had you gave’

F/S Josiah Robert Conner, RAF 621339 – Wireless Operator.
Killed age 22.
Son of Josiah William Mark and Mary Ann Connor, of Streatham, London.
Buried Apeldoorn (Ugchelen-Heidehof) General Cemetery, Holland..
Grave location – Plot 4. Grave 140.
‘You are never forgotten
And will always live In our memory.
Mum, dad and pat’

F/S G.J. Waddinton-Allwright, RAFVR 751360 – Rear Gunner.
P.o.W
Prisoner of War Number: 451
Prison Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalags Luft III, Luft VI and 357
Date of return to United Kingdom: not known