Born: 1921, Thetford, Suffolk.

Died: 21st/22nd January 1944; age: 22; Dannigkow, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany.

Residence: 35, St. Nicholas Street, Ipswich.

Rank: Pilot Officer/Pilot; Service Number: 16106.

Regiment: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 207 Squadron.


Grave Reference:


Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery,





Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Cecil James Read & Elsie Read, of Ipswich.


Father: Cecil James Henry Montague Read, born September 1895, Upper Boddington, Northamptonshire. A Newsagent.

Mother: Elsie Read (nee Brooks), born October 1897, Ipswich.


Probate to Cecil James Read, a Newsagent.


21st/22nd January 1944.


Aircraft: Lancaster I, Serial number: R5895, Code: EM-B. The aircraft took off at 20.11hrs from its base at Spilsby, Lincolnshire, visibility was excellent. The target for the 648 aircraft that night was Magdeburg, Saxony-Anhalt, on the Elbe River. As a division 22 Lancaster’s & 12 Mosquitoes bombed Berlin. But the German controllers were not fooled and sent their night fighters to intercept the bombers. The bodies of Jack Read and his crew were recovered from the wreckage and interred in a communal grave at Dannigkow Cemetery, Sachsen-Anhalt. The Missing Research & Enquiry Unit exhumed and identified all the crew members. They were later interred at Berlin War Cemetery.


Leslie Francis Abel; Sergeant/Flight Engineer; age 21; R.A.F.V.R.

Robert Walter Sharp; Flight Officer/Navigator; age 19; R.A.F.V.R.

Charles Travers; Flight Officer/Air Bomber; age R.C.A.F.

Ronald Arthur Blake Boydon; Sergeant/Wireless Operator/Air Gunner (Mid Upper); age 21; R.A.F.V.R.

Ronald Codling; Flight Sergeant/Air Gunner (Rear); Eric Clark Clunas; age 26; R.A.A.F.

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