Born: 1923, Bristol, Gloucestershire.

Died: 25th March 1944; age: 20; at Lage Mierde, North Brabant, Holland.

Employed: at Ransomes, Sims & Jefferies, Ipswich.

Rank: Sergeant/Navigator; Service Number: 1397598.

Regiment: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 44 Squadron.

Grave Reference:


Eindhoven (Woensel) General Cemetery,




Relatives Notified & Address: Son of James & Winifred Edith Wellfare, of Ipswich.

Father: James Wellfare, born 1884, Warrington, Lancashire.

Mother: Winifred Edith Wellfare (nee House), born March 1900, Bristol, Gloucestershire.

Richard is remembered by Ransomes, Sims & Jefferies with entrance gates, dedicated in May 1958, at Ransomes Sports’ Centre, Sidegate Avenue, Ipswich.

22nd December 1943

Richard survived a crash on the 22nd December 1943. He was in a Lancaster aircraft, Serial number – DV361; Code – EM-V which was on a cross country test flight. There was an engine fire which could not be extinguished and the crew were ordered to bale out over Brigstock, near Oundle, Peterborough.  3 of the crew were killed.

25th March 1944

Aircraft – Lancaster; Serial number – ME672; Code – KM-A, took off from R.A.F. Base Dunholme Lodge, Lincolnshire at 19.02hrs. Operation: Berlin. 811 aircraft took part in what was to be named ‘night of the strong winds’ as a very strong wind took the bomber stream further south on the outward journey and caused the homeward journey of bombers to become very scattered. Richard and his crew were shot down by Oberleutnant Josef Nabrich, a nightfighter ace who at the time had 6 abschuss to his credit. Combat took place at 5.800 metres, the Lancaster crashed at 00.3hrs at Lage Mierde, North Brabant, Holland. 6 men were killed 1 survived.


Pilot Officer/Pilot; Bernard Michael Hayes; age 26; R.A.F.V.R.

Sergeant/Flight Engineer; James Maurice Ella; age 20; R.A.F.V.R.

Sergeant/Wireless Operator/Air Gunner; Wilfred Keith Walker; age 21; R.A.F.V.R.

Sergeant/Air Gunner; Kenneth Lloyd Radcliffe; age 19; R.C.A.F.

Sergeant/Air Gunner; William Griffin Perrie; age 22; R.A.F.V.R.

Sergeant/Air Bomber; Michael Fedoruk; age 23; R.C.A.F. Survived and evaded capture.

Radcliffe Lake, Manitoba, Canada is named after Kenneth Radcliffe in 1974, as part of the Aircrew Canadian Commemorative Geographical Feature Naming Program.


  • I am eager to get in touch with the Family of Richard Wellfare as I researching Lancaster ME672 crashed 25th March 1944 at Lage Mierde which is about a few miles away from where we live. I am in touch with almost all the other crew relatives and know exactly were ME672 crashed.

  • Have this crash Lancaster ME672 in my research for a very long time. If some one from the Wellfare family would like to contact me please do. I have quite some information.


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