Image from 17th April 1945 Evening Star newspaper.

Born: 1923, Ipswich.

Died: 5th January 1945; age: 22; Aircraft crashed during a raid over Hanover.

Residence: 4, Prospect Street, Ipswich.

Employed: as a Clerk for C.W.S Garage, Derby Road, Ipswich.


Rank: Flight Sergeant/Wireless Operator/Air Gunner; Service Number: 1614940.

Regiment: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 77 Squadron.


Originally buried at Steinhude Cemetery. The body was later exhumed, identified and re-buried at Hanover War Cemetery on the 30th November 1946.


Grave Reference:


Hanover War Cemetery,




Relatives Notified & Address: Eldest son of Doris Louise Overett, of Ipswich.


Father: Alfred Arthur Overett, born August 1900, Brightlingsea, Essex. A Fitter & Turner.

Mother: Doris Louise Overett (nee Runnacles), born October 1901, Swilland, Suffolk.


Alfred was educated at St. Matthew’s School and at Northgate School.



Alfred was living with his parents & siblings at their family home – 4, Prospect Street, Ipswich.

Alfred, a Fitter & Turner – Agricultural Garage & General Engineer.

Doris, unpaid Domestic Duties.

Joyce Overett, born 1925, Ipswich.

William Arthur Overett, born May 1930, Ipswich.

Diss Express 2nd February 1940. 


An accident occurred at Swainsthorpe  on the main Norwich-Ipswich road on Monday, when a motor car driven by Mrs St. Leger-Chambers was in collision with a lorry laden with cases of bottled beer driven by Alfred Overett, of Prospect Street, Ipswich.  Mrs. St. Leger-Chambers, who was accompanied by her husband, the Rev. H.W. St. Leger-Chambers, Rector of Long Stratton, sustained injuries and was taken to the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital. The injuries did not prove to be serious and after treatment, she was able to be taken home. Both vehicles were extensively damaged.

5th/6th January 1945

Aircraft: Halifax III; Serial number: MZ360; Code: KN-A. The Halifax took off from Full Sutton Airfield, East Riding of Yorkshire, at 16.48hrs on Operation: Hanover. The aircraft crashed about 19.25 hrs near the town of Steinhude, Lower Saxony, Germany.


Desmond John Parsons; Flight Sergeant/Air Bomber; R.A.F.V.R.

Kenneth John Albert Bicknell; Flight Sergeant/Navigator; age 21; R.A.F.V.R.

Stanley Stewart Carter; Sergeant/Flight Engineer; age 26; R.A.F.V.R.

Frederick Meekison; Sergeant/Air Gunner; R.A.F.V.R.

John Moore Pickering; Sergeant/Air Gunner; age: 39; R.A.F.V.R.

P.A. Fitzgerald; Flight Officer – survived crash – PoW.

The bodies of Stanley Carter, Kenneth Bicknell, John Pickering and Frederick Meekison were laid to rest in a joint grave.

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