W7469

 

Date Target Notes Code Pilot Duration
1 04/02/43  Turin AA-T/C/O? F/S Jackson 07:40
2 07/02/43 Lorient AA-? Sgt. Thompson 05:15
3 13/02/43 Lorient AA-0 F/L Trott 05:00
4 13/02/43 Lorient AA-? Sgt. Thompson 05:40
5 14/02/43 Cologne AA-? P/O Bennett 05:10
6 16/02/43 Lorient AA-T/C/O? F/S Rothschild 05:15
7 26/02/43 Cologne AA-? Sgt. Thompson 03:15
8 03/03/43 Hamburg AA-? P/O Bennett 05:55
9 09/03/43 Munich AA-? P/O Thompson 07:30
10 11/03/43 Stuttgart AA-O Sgt. French 06:30
11 12/03/43 Essen AA-O Sgt. French 04:00
12 27/03/43 Berlin AA-O/C W/O Walsh 03:25
13 28/03/43 St. Nazaire AA-0 P/O Tolley 06:00
14 04/04/43 Kiel AA-? P/O Thompson 03:00
15 10/04/43 Frankfurt AA-0 P/O Tolley 06:30
16 16/04/43 Ludwigshaven AA-O F/S Debenham Missing
Total Op hours 80:05

 

16/04/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Ludwigshaven
Eleven aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attack, with bombs of 2000 lb, 1000 lb and incendiaries of 30 lb and 4 lb. Seven of the aircraft successfully attacked the target. Large fires and one big explosion were seen. Two aircraft returned early owing to engine trouble. Both heavy and light A.A. Fire was encountered co-operation with searchlights. Two of our aircraft were hit and the Navigator of one was hit in the leg. Several enemy aircraft were seen, but no combats took place. The weather was good on the route, but considerable haze was experienced at the target. Navigations was very good. Stirling Mark III BK.664 captained by F/Lt. D.C.Lowe, which experienced some very accurate A.A. Fire whilst overt the target, found on landing, that this throttle controls were jammed open, he was lucky enough to be able to land, but unfortunately he crashed into a semi built hanger on the aerodrome. The aircraft was an absolute wreck, but all the crew got away safely, although not without injuries. Stirling Mark III W 7469 captained by F/Sgt. K.F. Debenham and Stirling Mark I BF451 captained by P/O K.H.G. Groves failed to return.

Stirling Mk.I W7469 AA-O

F/S Kevin Frederick Debenham, RNZAF NZ412211 – Pilot.
Sgt. Raymond James Barnes, RCAF R.87330 – Navigator.
Sgt. David Michael Turner Watts, RAFVR 1312572 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Peter Braithwaite Pearson, RAFVR 1377412 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. D. Wainwright, RAFVR 1193816 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. John Leslie Marlow, RAFVR 1353768 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Jim Jack Davis, RAFVR 629241 – Rear Gunner.

t/o 2217 Newmarket. Crashed at Katzenbach. Those who died are buried in Rheinberg Cemetery.

Take Off 22:17 – Landed –
Flight Time – Missing

The circumstances surrounding the loss of Stirling Mk.I W7469 AA-O are unclear. It crashed at Katzenbach, south of Frankfurt, and all but the Flight Engineer, Sgt Wainwright, were killed. The sole survivor was listed as a P.o.W, suggesting he either baled out or escaped from the wrecked aircraft and was captured. The crew members who died are buried in the Rheinberg War Cemetery, south of Wesel.

P/O Kevin Frederick Debenham, RNZAF NZ412211 – Pilot.
Killed age 26.
Son of Frederick and Elizabeth Ellen Debenham, of Oxford, Canterbury, New Zealand.
Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – 20. A. 10.

W/O Raymond James Barnes, RCAF 2 R/87330 – Navigator.
Killed age 26.
Son of Edward Wilson Barnes and Millicent Kate Barnes, of Battleford, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – Coll. grave 20. A. 13-14.
‘Rest in peace’

Sgt. Peter Braithwaite Pearson, RAFVR 1377412 – Wireless Operator.
Killed age 22.
Son of Geoffrey Lockington Pearson and Anne Winifred Pearson, of Ventnor, Isle of Wight.
Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – 20. A. 12.
‘In our hearts’

Sgt. David Michael Turner Watts, RAFVR 1312572 – Air Bomber.
Killed age 26.
Husband of Joan Watts, of Cody’S, Queen’S Co., New Brunswick, Canada.
Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – Coll. grave 20. A. 13-14.

Sgt. D. Wainwright, RAFVR 1193816 – Flight Engineer.
P.o.W
Prisoner of War Number: 1108
Prison Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalags Luft 1, Luft VI and Luft IV
Date of return to United Kingdom: not known

Sgt. John Leslie Marlow, RAFVR 1353768 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Killed age 22.
Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – Coll. grave 20. A. 13-14.

Sgt. Jim Jack Davis, RAF 629241 – Rear Gunner.
Killed age 26.
Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – 20. A. 11.