BERNARD LESLIE JAY

Born: 1924, Ipswich.

Died: 9th November 1944; age: 19; aircraft lost over Ruhr, Germany.

 

Rank: Sergeant/Air Gunner; Service Number: 1875005.

Regiment: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 625 Squadron.

 

Grave Reference:

4.A.16.

Reichswald Forest War Cemetery,

Nordrhein-Westfalen,

Germany.

 

Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Herbert & Ellen Ann Jay, of Ipswich.

 

Father: Herbert Jay, born 1881, Rushmere St. Andrew, Suffolk.

Mother: Ellen Ann Jay (nee Allard), born 1882, Stowupland, Suffolk.

 

9th November 1944

 

Aircraft: Lancaster; serial number: LM731; code: CF-A; based at R.A.F. Station Kelstern, Lincolnshire. On the 9th November 1944, LM731 was 1 of 256 Lancasters and 21 Oboe Mosquitoes to take off on a mission to bomb the Krupps synthetic oil refinery at Wanne-Eickel, a small city in the Ruhr, Germany. There was a lot of cloud and the sky-markers dropped from the Oboe Mosquitoes disappeared as soon as they were ignited. LM731 was last seen losing height through the cloud. All seven crew members were killed.

Crew:

Graham Sydney Cozens-Hardy; Pilot Officer/Navigator; age 21; R.A.F.V.R.

William Ernest Gray; Flight Sergeant/Wireless Operator/Air Gunner; age 32; R.A.F.V.R.

James MacLean Wilson; Flight Lieutenant/Pilot; age 29; R.A.F.V.R.

John Archibald Duncan Ross; Sergeant/Air Gunner; age 32; R.A.F.V.R.

Brian Espin-Hempsall; Sergeant/Flight Engineer; age 19; R.A.F.V.R.

John Wadsworth Robertson; Pilot Officer/Air Bomber; R.A.F.V.R.

 

Bernard and his fellow crew members are remembered in the Roll of Honour for 625 Squadron, at St. Faith’s Church, Kelstern, Lincolnshire.

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