Born: 1922, Camberwell, South London.
Died: 20th October 1943; age: 20; Aircraft crashed at Leipzig, Germany.
Rank: Sergeant/Air Gunner; Service Number: 1613719.
Regiment: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Robert George & Grace Kathleen Osborne, of Ipswich.
Father: Robert George Osborne, born July 1891, Clopton, Suffolk.
Mother: Grace Kathleen Osborne (nee Potter), born August 1895, Witnesham, Suffolk.
20th/21st October 1943
Aircraft: Lancaster III; Serial number: EE 114; Code: PG-B, was 1 of 358 Lancaster’s taking part in a raid on Leipzig, Germany. The EE 114 crew took off from their base at RAF Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire. The weather conditions were reported as appalling. 16 Lancaster’s were lost in the raid. The German’s later reported that EE 114 dropped incendiaries at Willingen and that the crew were in the process of jettisoning other gear to lighten the aircraft. The Lancaster crashed after a very steep decent between Orrel and Langwedel. Death would have been instantaneous. The crew were initially buried at a civil cemetery in Langwedel. After the war they were re-interred at Hanover.
Christopher Firth; Pilot Officer/Pilot; age 22; R.A.F.V.R.
George Myron Weighell; Flight Engineer/Sergeant; age: 24; R.A.F.
Charles Notley Dawson Wright; Navgator/Flight Sergeant; age 21; R.C.A.F.
Douglas Demaine; Air Bomber/Sergeant; age 20; R.A.F.V.R.
George Walter Dillnutt; Wireless Operator/Air Gunner; age 32; R.A.F.V.R.
Myrddin Jones; Air Gunner/Sergeant; age 21; R.A.F.V.R.
More details and a photograph of 5 members of the crew can be found at –http://aircrewremembered.com/firth-christopher.html