Photographs courtesy of Alexander

Image courtesy of Marilyn deMamiel.

Born: 1914, Ipswich.

Died; 24th August 1943; age: 28; Aircraft shot down on Operation: Berlin.

Residence: 77, Stanley Avenue, Ipswich.


Rank: Sergeant/Flight Engineer; Service Number: 532245.

Regiment: Royal Air Force, 75 Squadron.


 Mentioned in Despatches.


Originally buried in a collective grave south side of Neuendorf Wiesenhagen. Body later exhumed and re-buried 19th September 1947.


Grave Reference:

Collective Grave 6.E. 12-19.

Berlin 1939 – 1945 War Cemetery,





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, a draper’s clerk, born October 1914, Norwich, Norfolk – daughter of George Robert Day, a news compositor & Elizabeth Day (nee Hewitt), of 793, Woodbridge Road, Ipswich.

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.

Fellow crew:

Alan Joseph Lyall Sedunary D.F.C.; 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.

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