FREDERICK GEORGE WILLIAM SKEET

Born: 1920, Market Lane, Ipswich.

Died: 20th February 1944; age: 24; killed when aircraft crashed at Machern during a raid on Leipzig, Germany.

 

Rank: Sergeant/Air Gunner; Service Number.

Regiment: Royal Air Force, 408 (R.C.A.F) Squadron (Goose Squadron).

 

Grave Reference:

Joint Grave 2F 4-5.

Choloy War Cemetery,

Meurthe-et-Mozelle,

France.

 

Relatives Notified & Address: Son of George Frederick & Ethel May Skeet, of Ipswich; husband of Doris Mary Skeet, of Ipswich.

 

Father: George Frederick Skeet, born January 1896, Stowupland, Suffolk. A Railway Carriage Cleaner.

Mother: Ethel May Skeet (nee Jay), born 1893, Ipswich.

 

In 1942, Bromley, Kent, Frederick married Doris Mary Gulson, born May 1912, Lambeth, London – daughter of Alfred Ernest Gulson, a printer and Lilian Gulson (nee Dennis), of 48, Anerley Park, Penge.

They had 1 son:

Dennis M. Skeet, born Bournemouth, Dorset.

 

On the 19th November 1995, Frederick’s son, Dennis Skeet, of Sherborne Avenue, Ipswich, wrote to Mr. Reg Driver with concerns of his father’s omission from the recently unveiled ‘Roll of Honour.’ He had wrote with details of his father to the Evening Star early in their campaign to gather names for the ‘Roll of Honour,’ but sadly, had no reply – now his father was not included. Dennis’s concern was that his father was not included as he was not living in Ipswich at the time of his death, as he flew from a base in Yorkshire and yet he was a native of Ipswich. Reg Driver acknowledged the letter with a telephone call, and on the 29th November Dennis wrote a second letter with details of his father Frederick in the hope that he too could be included on the ‘Roll of Honour.’

 

20th February 1944

 

Aircraft – Lancaster II LL.719, EQ-V, powered by four Hercules XX engines, took off from R.A.F. station Linton-on-Ouse, North Yorkshire, at 8 minutes past midnight on the 20th February 1944. The taget was Leipzig, Germany. The Lancaster never return. German documents state that the aircraft crashed at Machern, a municipality of Leipzig, and that all the crew were killed.It was first accepted that the crew were buried at Choloy French Military Cemetery, France.

In May 1957, the remains of Gordon Bennett, Gordon Richter and Sherman Roach were found at an isolated grave in Puchau (Russian Zone), by the Germans, who handed over the remains for burial. With the acceptance of the graves at Choloy now proved incorrect, the Missing Research and Enquiry Service and the Commission suggested that matters should be re-adjusted by removing the three airmens headstones from Choloy. The remains of the three airmen were laid to rest at Berlin 1939 – 1945 War Cemetery – Gordon Bennett in one grave and Gordon Richter and Sherman Roach in a collective grave.

At Choloy French Military Cemetery, France, the indentity of Ralph Kelly, service number R180419, was based on evidence of a mark found inside a pair of woollen drawers with the last four figures 0419, and that the casualty was a Canadian. The identity of Charles Roberts was accepted in view of the recovery of a gold ring marked “C.W.R.,” and cuff links marked “C.R.” It was also considered that the remains in the collective grave contained the unidentified remains of Ivan Bowden and Frederick Skeet.

 

All the crew were killed:

Image courtesy of Operation: Picture Me

Flight Officer/Pilot; Gordon William McKay Richter; age 30; R.C.A.F.

Pilot Officer/Flight Engineer; Charles William George Roberts; R.A.F.

Flight Sergeant/Navigator; Donald Ivan Bowden; age 20; R.C.A.F.

Image courtesy of Operation: Picture Me

 

Pilot Officer/Bomb Aimer; Gordon Neil Bennett; age 20; R.C.A.F.

Image courtesy of Operation: Picture Me

Pilot Officer/Wireless Operator/Air Gunner; Sherman Lewis Roach; age 30; R.C.A.F.

Image courtesy of Operation: Picture Me

Pilot Officer/Air Gunner; Ralph Gordon Kelly; age 21; R.C.A.F.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

error: Content is protected !!
Scroll to Top