J.L. Edwards crew 14.6.43 †

11/06/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Dusseldorf
Sixteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with bombs of 2,000lb.,1,000lb. and incendiaries of 30lb. and 4lb. One aircraft failed to return and two returned early owing to engine trouble. The remainder of the aircraft successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. Many large fires and huge explosions were seen. Moderate and heavy A.A. fire co-operating with search lights were encountered. One aircraft was coned by searchlights, but violent evasive action eventually avoided them with difficulty. Some enemy aircraft were seen and two short combats took place, but no damage was sustained by our aircraft. The weather was clear and the visibility was good except for haze caused by the fires. Navigation was very good. The missing aircraft was Stirling Mk.III BK817 captained by Squadron Leader R.H. Laud, (“A” Flight Commander).

Stirling Mk.III EH880 AA-J

F/S Walter Donald Whitehead, RNZAF NZ416565 – Pilot.
F/O John Lloyd Edwards, RAFVR 130636 – 2nd Pilot.
F/O Peter Gerald Dobson, RNZAF NZ439022 – Navigator.
Sgt. Maurice Edward Parker, RNZAF NZ414332 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Charles Leonard Parker, RNZAF NZ41228 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. H. McLellan, RAFVR 537228 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. George Stokes, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Vincent Rex Jamieson, RNZAF NZ416431 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:40 – Landed 03:32
Flight Time 03:52

14/06/1943 – Mining in the Gironde Estuary
Six aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with Mines of 1500lb., two aircraft returned early, one owing to intercommunication failure and the other owing to engine trouble and one aircraft failed to return. The remaining three aircraft successfully dropped their mines in the allotted area and the parachutes were seen to open. Some light A.A. fire and a few searchlights were encountered, but they were ineffective. A few enemy aircraft were seen, but no combats took lace. There was thick cloud in the mining area although visibility was fairly good. Navigation was very good. Stirling Mk.I BK646 captained by F/O J.L. Edwards failed to return.

Stirling Mk.I BK646 AA-N

F/O John Lloyd Edwards, RAFVR 130636 – Pilot.
Sgt. Eric Gaul Dunnett, RNZAF NZ42380 – Navigator.
P/O Russell George Kirby, RAFVR 1431495/ 134555 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Basil William Rawlinson, RNZAF NZ415558 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Joseph Germain Fabien Sansoucy, RCAF R.66953/ C.86345 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. E.A.F. Jones, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. T. Maxwell, RAFVR 1698372 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:35 – Landed –
Flight Time – Missing

Stirling Mk.I BK646 AA-N was shot down by a combination of flak and a Me.109 night fighter, attempting a crash landing at Moulines-la-Marche, South South West of Brettville-sur-Laize, France. With a loss of one engine and damaged ailerons, the captain ordered the crew to abandon the aircraft. All except Edwards got down safely, with Sgt’s Dunnet, Rawlinson, Jones, and Maxwell being captured as prisoners, and P/O Kirby and Sgt Sansoucy successfully evading capture. F/O Edwards did not survive and was laid to rest in the Canadian War Cemetery.

F/O John Lloyd Edwards, RAFVR 130636 – Pilot.
Killed age 29.
Son of Walter Edwards and of Alice Edwards (Nee Lloyd), of Manchester; Husband of Irene Edwards, of Fallowfield, Manchester.
Buried Bretteville-Sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery, France..
Grave location – XXVIII. G. 7.
‘We will remember them’

Sgt. Eric Gaul Dunnett, RNZAF NZ42380 – Navigator .
P.o.W
Prisoner of War Number: 83697
Prison Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalags VIIA and IVB
Date of return to United Kingdom: 23rd of May 1945

P/O Russell George Kirby, RAFVR 1431495/ 134555 – Air Bomber.
Evader
Date of return to United Kingdom: not known

Sgt. Basil William Rawlinson, RNZAF NZ415558 – Wireless Operator .
P.o.W
Prisoner of War Number: 426
Prison Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalags Luft VI and 357. Promoted to W/O while interred.
Date of return to United Kingdom: 22nd of April 1945

P/O Joseph Germain Fabien Sansoucy, RCAF R.66953/ C.86345 – Flight Engineer.
Evader
Date of return to United Kingdom: not known

Sgt. E.A.F. Jones, RAFVR – – Mid Upper Gunner .
P.o.W
Prisoner of War Number: 403
Prison Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalags Luft VI and 357
Date of return to United Kingdom: not known

Sgt. T. Maxwell, RAFVR 1698372 – Rear Gunner.
P.o.W
Prisoner of War Number: 411
Prison Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalags Luft VI and 357
Date of return to United Kingdom: not known

One thought on “J.L. Edwards crew 14.6.43 †

  1. Jen Rowe

    E.F.Jones Mid Upper Gunner, was my father, Elfed Foulkes Jones, who sadly passed away, November 1988.
    He seldom spoke of his years in the RAF and never exchanged comments over his prisoner of war experience.
    To read such detail, draws me closer to him. The boy he was when aged 21 he was captured; to the man he became.
    I am the youngest of 6 siblings. Three boys of whom have now passed. All far to young to be taken away. Just three of ‘us’ girls remain. I am 49 years old.
    All of my fathers documents have since been discarded by his second wife. We have nothing to hold onto other than his memory.
    If anyone can direct me to photographs/document resources of the crew, during my fathers time in the RAF, I would be very greatful. I am trying to collate as much information as possible.
    My father never got to meet his grandchildren. I wish to leave his legacy behind so nothing is forgotten.
    Precious article and a jewel of a find.
    Thankyou so very very much X

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