Image courtesy of Marilyn deMamiel.
Born: 1914, Ipswich.
Died; 24th August 1943; age: 28; Aircraft shot down on Operation: Berlin.
Rank: Sergeant/Flight Engineer; Service Number: 532245
Royal Air Force, 75 Squadron.
Collective Grave 6.E. 12-19.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of John Henry & Alice Kate Alcock; husband of Dora Beatrice Ethel Alcock, of Kellerberrin, Western Australia.
Father: John Henry Alcock, born April 1874, Ipswich – KiA 21st June 1915, a Private for the 4th Battalion of the Suffolk Regiment. John was laid to rest at St. Vaast Post Military Cemetery, Richebourg-L’Avoue, Pas de Calais, France.
Mother: Alice Kate Alcock (nee Pratt), born May 1876, Ipswich.
In 1939, Ipswich, Frank married Dora Beatrice Ethel Day, born 1914, Norwich, Norfolk. They had 3 children.
In 1950, Dora and her children immigrated to Australia.
24th August 1943
Aircraft: Stirling III; Serial number: BF 564; Code: LN-W. Taking off from the RAF base at Mepal, Waterbeach, Cambridgeshire at 20:51hrs. BF 564 was taking part in a short series of raids to test the German defences around Berlin. 335 Lancaster’s, 251 Halifax’s, 124 Stirling’s and 17 Mosquito’s took part in Operation: Berlin. BF 564’s location was Märtensmühle. The night raid suffered great loss when 56 aircraft failed to return. It is t thought that BF 564 was shot down by a German night fighter Oblt. Heinz Ferger of 3/NJG3 after combat taking place at 3,000 meters south west of Berlin at 00:51hrs. All the crew were killed.
Alan Joseph Lyall Sedunary DFC; Pilot Officer/Pilot; age 20; R.A.A.F.
Francis Patrick Lundon; Flight Sergeant/Pilot 2; age 25; R.N.Z.A.F.
Aubrey Lens; Pilot Officer/Navigator; age 22; R.A.F.
Cecil Reginald Parish; Sergeant/Air Bomber; age 22; R.A.F.V.R.
Douglas Hamilton Moss; Pilot Officer/Wireless Operator/Air Gunner; age 23; R.N.Z.A.F.
Jack Ernest Nicholson; Air Gunner/Mid Upper; age 22; R.A.F.V.R.
John James Gratton; Air Gunner/Rear; age 23; R.A.F.V.R.
Sedunary, Nicholson, Parish
Gratton, Moss, Alcock, Lens.