RA564

 

Air Historical Branch: Air Movement Cards

Air Historical Branch: Air Movement Cards – RA564

 

Date Target Notes Code Pilot Duration
1 17/03/45 Auguste Viktoria JN-P W/O Opie 05:28
2 18/03/45 Bruchstrasse JN-P F/O Barr 05:10
3 20/03/45 Hamm JN-P F/L Hooper 05:28
4 21/03/45 Munster Viaduct JN-P F/O Barr missing
? 13/04/45 Minelaying at Kiel  incorrect serial code JN-P F/O Flamank 06:23
Total Op hours 16:06

 

 

21/03/1945 – Attack Against Munster Viaduct
Twenty one aircraft were detailed to attack the Muster Viaduct. There was hardly any cloud over the target. It is thought that the concentration was good although the formation was broken up just prior to bombing. Three aircraft failed to return from this operation – AA”T”, NZ42451 F/L J. Plummer, AA”R” NZ429139 P/O A. Brown and JN”P” 190947 P/O D.S. Barr. All three aircraft were seen to hit in the target area. Considerable H/F was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.I RA564 JN-P

F/O Derek Singleton Barr, RAFVR 1394583/ 190947 – Pilot.
F/S Arthur Leslie Archibald Oakey, RNZAF NZ4213810 – Navigator.
Sgt. Dryden Stewart, RAFVR 1673061 – Air Bomber.
W/O Robert William West, RAFVR 195545 – Wireless Operator.
F/S Clifford Isaac Stocker, RAFVR 1587275 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Bruce Henry Nicholl, RAFVR 746205 – Mid Upper Gunner.
W/O Alwyn Amos, RAFVR 1578224 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 09:47 – Landed –
Flight Time MISSING

Lancaster Mk.I RA564 JN-P was bombing the target at Munster when it was struck by a bomb falling from another aircraft flying above, which exploded. There were no survivors. Only the body of the rear gunner was found and buried at Margraten, Holland. The other crew members have no known graves.

F/O Derek Singleton Barr, RAFVR 190947 – Pilot.
Lost without trace age 29.
Buried Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 266.

F/S Arthur Leslie Archibald Oakey, RNZAF NZ4213810 – Navigator.
Lost without trace age 33.
Son of Arthur and Flora Elizabeth Jane Oakey; Husband of Joan Elizabeth Oakey, of Gisborne, Auckland, New Zealand.
Buried Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 285.

F/S Dryden Stewart, RAFVR 1673061 – Air Bomber.
Lost without trace age 22.
Buried Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 273.

P/O Robert William ‘Bobby’ West, RAFVR 195545 – Wireless Operator.
Lost without trace age 22.
Son of Robert William and Lilian West, of West Hartlepool, Co. Durham.
Buried Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 269.

F/S Clifford Isaac Stocker, RAFVR 1587275 – Flight Engineer.
Lost without trace age 30.
Son of William and Mary Stocker; Husband of Joan Eileen Stocker, of Bristol.
Buried Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 273.

Sgt. Bruce Henry Nicholl, RAFVR 746205 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Lost without trace age 26.
Son of Harry Hope Nicholl, and of Beatrice Ellen Nicholl, of Pomphlett, Devon.
Buried Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 276.

W/O Alwyn Amos, RAFVR 1578224 – Rear Gunner .
Killed age 24.
Son of George William and Ada Amos, of Langley, Derbyshire.
Buried Venray War Cemetery, Holland.     .
Grave location – VIII. D. 12.
‘On the resurrection morning’