ME690

 

Air Historical Branch: Air Movement Cards

Air Historical Branch: Air Movement Cards – ME690

Date Target Notes Code Pilot Duration
1 09/04/44 Attack against Villeneuve St. George AA-Z F/S Willis 04:20
2 10/04/44 Targets at Laon AA-Z F/S Willis 04:20
3 11/04/44 Aachen AA-Z P/O Wainwright 03:20
4 18/04/44 Rouen AA-Z P/O Buckley 04:10
5 20/04/44 Cologne AA-Z P/O Buckley 03:30
6 22/04/44 Dusseldorf AA-Z P/O Buckley 03:55
7 27/04/44 Friedrichshafen AA-Z P/O Buckley 07:30
8 01/05/44 Chambly AA-Z P/O Buckley 02:50
9 09/05/44 Cap Gris Nez AA-Z P/O Buckley 02:00
10 10/05/44 Courtrai AA-Z F/O Berney 03:00
11 19/05/44 Le Mans AA-Z P/O Burke 05:25
12 21/05/44 Duisberg AA-Z P/O Burke 03:15
13 22/05/44 Dortmund AA-Z P/O Burke Missing
Total Op hours 47:35

22/05/1944 – Attack Against Dortmund
Twenty three aircraft were detailed to attack Dortmund of which eighteen completed their mission successfully. Three aircraft returned early and two failed to return (Captains NZ417016 P/O. E. Burke and NZ42354 P/O. C. Armstrong). The raid was well concentrated and carried out in good weather with excellent visibility. One aircraft had an inconclusive combat with a JU 88. Otherwise the operation was uneventful.

Lancaster Mk.I ME690 AA-Z

P/O Edgar Lawrence Burke, RNZAF NZ417016 – Pilot.
F/O John Wallace Downing, RAFVR 136351 – Navigator.
W/O Frank Albert Page, RAAF AUS.409481 – Air Bomber.
F/S Alan Stevens Bromley, RAFVR 1247614 – Wireless Operator .
F/S Walter Pickering, RAFVR 1434290 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. James Henry Cooper, RAFVR 1308375 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Donald Cameron Kitchener Grant, RAFVR 527237 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:49 – Landed –
Flight Time Missing

Lancaster Mk.I ME690 AA-Z was shot down by a night-fighter and crashed at Neerpelt (Limburg) 5miles from Lommel, Belgium, after breaking up in flight. There were no survivors. Their remains were reinterred in Heverlee War Cemetery, near Louvain.

P/O Edgar Lawrence Burke, RNZAF NZ417016 – Pilot.
Killed age 26.
Son of Charles Augustine and Tillie May Burke, of Manaia, Taranaki, New Zealand.
Buried Heverlee War Cemetery, Belgium..
Grave location – 6. C. 2. 178

F/O John Wallace Downing, RAFVR 136351 – Navigator.
Killed age 33.
Son of Wallace Downing, and of Beatrice Downing, of Elmfield, Ryde, Isle of Wight; Husband of Esdale Downing. Journalist.
Buried Heverlee War Cemetery, Belgium..
Grave location – 6. C. 6. 182
‘There are days in our lives
We cherish deeply
Down to life’s uttermost end’

W/O Frank Albert Page, RAAF AUS.409481 – Air Bomber.
Killed age 29.
Son of Arthur Edwin and Cecela Mary Page; husband of Margaret Page, of East Malvern, Victoria, Australia.
Buried Heverlee War Cemetery, Belgium..
Grave location – Coll. grave 6. C. 3-5. 181
‘He gave his life
For home and country’

F/S Alan Stevens Bromley, RAFVR 1247614 – Wireless Operator.
Killed age 23.
Buried Heverlee War Cemetery, Belgium..
Grave location – Coll. grave 6. C. 3-5. 179

Sgt. Walter Pickering, RAFVR 1434290 – Flight Engineer.
Killed age 22.
Buried Heverlee War Cemetery, Belgium..
Grave location – 6. C. 1. 177

Sgt. James Henry Cooper, RAFVR 1308375 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Killed age 33.
Son of James and Florence May Cooper, of Stoke-on-Trent; husband of Florence Alice Cooper, of Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent.
Buried Heverlee War Cemetery, Belgium..
Grave location – Coll. grave 6. C. 3-5. 180
‘God has you in
His keeping In
His haven of rest.
Ever remembered.
Loving wife & children’

Sgt. Donald Cameron Kitchener Grant, RAF 527239 – Rear Gunner.
Killed age 29.
Son of Gregor James Grant and Catherine Grant, of Bearsden, Dunbartonshire.
Buried Heverlee War Cemetery, Belgium..
Grave location – 6. C. 7. 183
‘Sleep on, beloved,
Sleep and take thy rest’