RAF 153571 F/O Derek Cecil Heather of 61 Squadron

This officer died along with five of his six crew colleagues when their Avro Lancaster ED470 was shot down on 23 September 1944 near Zelhem in the Netherlands on an operation out of RAF Skellingthorpe to the Dortmund-Ems Canal.

The others who died alongside him were:
RAAF 426346 F/O Albert Keith Hornibrook (Pilot)
RAF 2205764 Sgt Tegwyn Roberts (Flight Engineer)
RAAF 412056 F/O John James Condon (Navigator)
RAF 1124861 Sgt Robert Stanley Meachen (Wireless Operator)
RAF 1171420 Sgt Thomas Brown (Mid-Upper Gunner)

…and Sgt John Miller (Rear Gunner) managed to get out.

Their bodies were not recovered, and it’s only in recent times that a dig has been given the go-ahead so that their remains can be properly laid to rest. The story here…



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