Personnel Index - Detail

Name
ANDERSON
First Names
Cyril Thorpe
Rank
P/O
Service
RAF
Service Number
52024
Crew Position
Pilot
Age
28
Date of Death
23/09/1943
Cemetery

 

Photographed by Malcolm Brooke
 

49Sqn Association

L to R:
Jock Paterson, Jimmy Green, Doug Bickle, Arthur Buck, Cyril Anderson and John Nugent

This airman flew Lancaster ED999 at least once....click for an image and information about this aircraft.
 

Photograph courtesy of Dominic Howard
 

Image courtesy of Dominic Howard

A later picture of Pilot Officer Anderson in the back garden of Montague Street, Bulwell, Nottingham

23/24 September, 1943; MANNHEIM:

The northern part of Mannheim suffered bombing from 628 aircraft. It cost Bomber Command 18 Lancasters, 7 Halifaxes and 7 Wellingtons.
After their mid-afternoon bus trip from Fiskerton, 13 crews had climbed away from Dunholme Lodge by 18.56hrs. Once over the target, fighters were again much in evidence. The use of searchlights in co-ordination with fighters accounted for many of the losses.
Sadly, the luck of two other 49 Squadron crews did not hold out. Cyril Anderson and his 'Dambuster' crew flying in the Wingco's aircraft, D-Donald, failed to return and were all later reported killed... this would have been their 21st operation.

ED702 (EA-D)
P/O C T. Anderson Pilot (Killed)
Sgt R.C. Paterson F/E (Killed)
F/Sgt J.P. Nugent NAV (Killed)
F/Sgt W.D. Bickle W/AG (Killed)
Sgt A.W. Buck A/G (Killed)
F/Sgt G.J. Green B/A (Killed)
F/Sgt E. Ewan A/G (Killed)
 

Offenbach an der Queich.............................Ottersheim bei Landau



A=Position of crash site with memorial nearby
B=Location where F/Sgt Green was found with memorial nearby
 

The crew memorial


The memorial to Sgt G J Green


 

Additional details regarding this loss can be read in a letter from the Air Historic Branch to Dominic Howard.......Cyril Anderson was his great uncle.
 

There is a memorial tree planted at East Kirkby to remember this crew.