Kevin has passed onto me an inquiry from Yvonne regarding her uncle, Harold Dewhurst, who was the MId Upper Gunner with the Warren crew between November 1943 and May 1944. The crew were tragically lost on the Louvain raid, the aircraft exploded and crashed at Castle Elderschans some 2km NW of Aardenburg (Zeeland) , Holland.
Yvonne knows very little about her Uncle, but is desperate to find out more – I can’t promise anything, but based on the amazing connections that have happened already via this blog, my fingers are crossed for her………
The Warren Crew arrived on or around the 5th November 1943. There appears to be no record of Derek completing a 2nd dickie Op with another crew before flying operationally with his crew.
11.11.43 Mining in the Gironde Estuary. Stirling Mk.III EF217
F/L Derek Warren – Pilot
F/O Arnold Irving – Navigator
P/O Donald Gage – Air Bomber
F/S David Clough – Wireless Operator
Sgt. Harold Dewhurst – Mid Upper Gunner
F/S Harold Hewitt – Rear Gunner
25.11.43 Mining in the Bay of Biscay. Stirling Mk.III EF217
16.12.43 Mining in the Bay of Biscay. Stirling Mk.III EF217
22.12.43. Attack Against a Special Target. Stirling Mk.III EF217
21.1.44. Attack Against a Special Target. Stirling Mk.III EF217
25.1.44. Attack Against a Special Target. Stirling Mk.III EF217
27.1.44. Mining in the Heligoland Area. Stirling Mk.III EF217
28.1.44. Mining in Kiel Bay. Stirling Mk.III EF217
11.2.44. Mining in the River Adour. Stirling Mk.III EF217
15.2.44. Mining in the River Adour. Stirling Mk.III EF217
20.2.44. Mining off Morlaix. Stirling Mk.III EF512.
22.2.44. Mining Kiel Bay. Stirling Mk.III EF217
24.2.44. Mining Kiel Bay. Stirling Mk.III EF217
FORM 540 Squadron ORB
Administration. Conversion to Lancaster Aircraft. It was decided by higher authority to convert the Squadron from Stirling to Lancaster aircraft, and our first Lancaster was received on 13th March, 1944, since that date we have received a further 19. All crews are being converted to Lancaster aircraft and at present 13 have passed through No.3 Lancaster Finishing School at R.A.F. Station Feltwell.
Administration. The following proceeded for Lancaster conversion to No. 3 L.F.S Feltwell:- NZ415820 F/O H. Murray and crew, NZ42354 f/S Armstrong C. and crew, NZ414591 A/F/L S. Clark and crew, NZ403561 A/S/L D. Climie and crew, 151118 A/F/L D. Warren and crew, NZ422282 F/O R. Herron and crew, NZ401266 A/S/L D. Gibb and crew, AUS413157 P/O A. Humphreys and crew and NZ421105 Sgt. Scott F. and crew.
5/6 March 1944. Special Operations March Moon Period.
Operation PETER 24 (Abortive)
7/8 March 1944. Operation AUTHOR 17 (Abortive)
10/11th March 1944. Operation MONGREL 20 (Successful)
13.3.44. Mining off Brest. Stirling Mk.III EF217
15/16th March 1944 Operation BOB 155 (Abortive)
18.3.44. Mining in the Heligoland Bight. Stirling Mk.IIIvEF217
FORM 540 Squadron ORB
Administration. NZ421105 Sgt. Scott F. and crew proceeded on detachment to No.33 Base, Waterbeach. The following crews ceased to be detached to No.3 L.F.S. Feltwell:- NZ415820 F/O Murray H. and crew, NZ42354 F/S Armstrong C. and crew, NZ414591 A/F/L S. Clark and crew, NZ403561 A/S/L J. Climie and crew, 151118 F/L Warren D. and crew, NZ422282 F/O R. Herron and crew, NZ401266 A/S/L D. Gibb and crew, AUS413157 P/O A. Humpreys and crew and NZ 421105 Sgt. Scott F. and crew.
18.4.44. Mining in Kiel Area. Stirling Mk.III ND768*
P/O Bill Lake (Wireless Operator with my Fathers 1st Tour crew) replaces David Clough as Wireless Operator.
*This appears to be an error in the ORB – ND768 was in fact a Lancaster MK.III AA-F (Shot down target Dortmund 22.5.44)
24.4.44. Attack Against Karlsruhe. Lancaster Mk.III ND911 JN-V
P/O Ralph Barker replaces Bill Lake as Wireless Operator.
26.4.44 Attack Against Essen. Lancaster Mk.III ND911 JN-V
F/S Colin Megson flies with crew as 2nd Dickie.
Sgt. T. Hamilton replaces Ralph Barker as Wireless Operator.
27.4.44. Attack Against Friedrichshafen. Lancaster Mk.III ND911 JN-V
David Clough returns to the crew as Wireless Operator.
10.5.44. Attack Against Courtrai. Lancaster Mk.III ND753 ??-G
F/S Bill White flies with the crew as 2nd Dickie
11.5.44 Attack Against Louvain. Lancaster MK.III ND919 AA-D
FAILED TO RETURN
F/Lt. Derek Warren, RAFVR 151118 – Pilot.
Died age 20. Buried Aardenburg General Cemetery Netherlands.
F/O Arnold Earle Irving, RCAF J.19819 – Navigator.
Died age 23.Buried Aardenburg General Cemetery, Netherlands.
P/O Donald Irwin Gage, RCAF R.166/183, J.19996 – Air Bomber.
Died age 24. Buried Aardenburg General Cemetery, Netherlands.
F/S David Clough, RAFVR 1193544 – Wireless Operator.
Died age 21. Buried Aardenburg General Cemetery, Netherlands. (American Citizen)
Sgt. Francis Christopher Riley, RAFVR 1584169 – Flight Engineer.
Died age 21. Buried Aardenburg General Cemetery Netherlands.
Sgt. Harold Dewhurst, RAFVR 1094980 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Died age 23. Buried Aardenburg General Cemetery, Netherlands.
F/S Harold Max Hewett, RAAF AUS.419311 – Rear Gunner.
Died age 21. Buried Aardenburg General Cemetery.