© RAF WWII 38 GROUP SQUADRONS REUNITED

In Memory of

THREE AIRMEN
OF THE
1939-1945
WAR

 

 

 

 

KNOWN UNTO GOD

Grave/Memorial Reference: Coll. grave.

 

Ronald Walter ABRAMS

Sergeant
165926
Air Gunner

149 Squadron
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

who died on
Tuesday 6 June 1944. Age 20

'THEIR PATH OF DUTY
WAS THE WAY TO GLORY'

Additional information:
Son of George and Amelia Alice Abrams, of Goodmayes, Ilford, Essex.

Grave/Memorial Reference: Coll. grave.

 

Frank William BELLAMY

Sergeant
1625609
Wireless Operator [Air]

149 Squadron
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

who died on
Tuesday 6 June 1944. Age 20

Additional information:
Son of Arthur and Elizabeth Victoria Hackett Bellamy, of Sheffield.

Grave/Memorial Reference: Coll. grave.

 

Albert Henry BROWN

Sergeant
1292798

149 Squadron
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

who died on
Tuesday 6 June 1944. Age 32

Additional information:
Son of James and Lucy Brown.

Grave/Memorial Reference:
No known grave. Albert is commemorated on Panel 225 at Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, United Kingdom.

 

William Albert HANNAFORD

Warrant Officer
640428

149 Squadron
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

who died on
Tuesday 6 June 1944. Age 36

Additional information:
Son of William Albert and Rose Hannaford; husband of Marion Sybil Joan Hannaford, of Exeter.

William was 36 and, thus, was well over the average age for airmen employed in Bomber Command duties.

Grave/Memorial Reference:
No known grave. William is commemorated on Panel 213 at Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, United Kingdom.

 


Robert Henry Standing HART

Flight Sergeant
1671946
Navigator

149 Squadron
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

who died on
Tuesday 6 June 1944. Age 23

'GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN'

Additional information:
Son of Aaron and Ethel Mabel Hart, of Heap Bridge, Bury, Lancashire.

Grave/Memorial Reference: Coll. grave.

 

James Brooks HORNBY

Flying Officer
152049

149 Squadron
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

who died on
Tuesday 6 June 1944. Age 21

Additional information:
Son of James Brooks Hornby, and of Louisa Hornby, of Hull.

Grave/Memorial Reference:
No known grave. James is commemorated on Panel 207 at Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, United Kingdom.

 

Charles John Kenneth HUTCHINS

Squadron Leader
37177

149 Squadron
Royal Air Force

who died on
Tuesday 6 June 1944. Age 27

Additional information:
Son of John William and Gwenthylin Hutchins; husband of Evelyn Millicent Hutchins (nee Usher).

Grave/Memorial Reference:
No known grave. Charles is commemorated on Panel 200 at Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, United Kingdom.

 


William Christopher McCOY

Pilot Officer
55793
Flight Engineer

149 Squadron
Royal Air Force

who died on
Tuesday 6 June 1944. Age 23

'HIS MEMORY
IS MY GREATEST TREASURE,
R.I.P.'

Additional information:
Son of William and Mary McCoy; husband of Gwenville McCoy, of Norton, Stockton-on-Tees, Co. Durham.

Grave/Memorial Reference: Coll. grave.

 


Arthur Ronald WINCOTT

Flight Sergeant
1580762

149 Squadron
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

who died on
Tuesday 6 June 1944. Age 20

Additional information:
Son of James and Lucy Brown.

Grave/Memorial Reference:
No known grave. Arthur is commemorated on Panel 223 at Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, United Kingdom.

 

Cemetery:
BAUDRE CHURCHYARD, Manche, France.

Visiting Information:
The churchyard is always open.

Location:
The village and commune of Baudre is 4 kilometres south-east of Saint-Lô. In the churchyard, 16 metres south of the south-eastern corner of the church, are the graves of seven airmen of the Royal Air Force. Three of them are not identified.

No. of Identified Casualties: 4.

Circumstances:

Night of 5-6 June 1944.
ROYAL AIR FORCE BOMBER COMMAND
No.3 Group
No.149 Squadron

Operation: "TITANIC" (D-Day Support)

Crew:

Squadron Leader C J K HUTCHINS (died)
Flight Sergeant W C McCOY (died)
Flying Officer J B HORNBY (died)
Flight Sergeant R H S HART (died)
Flight Sergeant A R WINCOTT (died)
Warrant Officer W A HANNAFORD (died)
Sergeant F W BELLAMY (died)
Sergeant R W ABRAMS (died)
Sergeant A H BROWN (died)

Aircraft: Stirling III LK385 OJ-'C'

Take-off on 5 June 1944 at 2228 hrs from RAF Methwold. Believed to have crashed on 6 June near Baudre (Manche, France), 4 km SSE Saint-Lô. Four are buried in Baudre Churchyard ; the others are commemorated on the Memorial at Runnymede. Two, Flight Sergeant HART and Sergeant BELLAMY, had been attached from the Aircrew School at Methwold.
(Taken from Raf Bomber Command Losses of the Second World War by W R Chorley, Midlands Counties Publications).

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