Alan John Handford

Ship/Rgn/Sqn No:619 Sqn RAFVR
Name of Rgt or Ship:Bomber Command
How Died:Killed in Action
Country of burial:GermanyGrave Photo:No
Cemetery or Memorial:Rheinberg Cemetery
Town Memorial:Sale
Extra Information:
Flying with 619 Squadron the crew took off at 23.07 hrs from RAF Dunholme
Lodge in a Lancaster Mk I Bomber - No. LL977 PG-H for a bombing mission to
Wesseling.   Outbound they were hit by Flak at 17,000 feet in the vicinity
of Aachen.   The a/c exploded in mid-air and the pilot - Flight Lieutenant
D.C. Saunder was thrown out of his cockpit and survived to be taken
prisoner.  The other crew members all perished in the crash.

The other crew members were - Sergeant C.W. Goodwin - Flight Sergeant J.E.
Whittome - Sergeant C.C. Flewelling RCAF - Sergeant J.O. Johnston - Warrant
Officer C.H. Sheridan - Sergeant J.L. Halpin.

619 Squadron lost 7 Lancasters on the Wesseling raid = 42 men.   Altogether
a total of 38 aircraft were lost on this raid.

Listed as J.A. on Sale Cenotaph.

Listed as J.A. Handford on Sale Town War Memorial.
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