Personnel Index - Detail

Name
BICKNELL
First Names
George Albert
Rank
Sgt
Service
RAF
Service Number
1292839
Crew Position
Air Gunner
Age
21
Date of Death
23/09/1943
Cemetery

 

Photographed by Malcolm Brooke
 




It is believed that the original grave was in Altdorf (image courtesy of Eric Tarrant)
 



From L to R
Sgt Spires, Sgt Bicknell, P/O Bale, Sgt Stanton, Sgt Howell

(P/O Bale was not posted to 49Sqn and it is believed that he was killed on the 2nd October 1943 whilst flying with 619Sqn)


 

Images courtesy of Sylvia & Fred Howell
 

Photograph courtesy of Mr K Tarrant


Photograph courtesy of Mr K Tarrant
 



George is one of this group (click this link to enlarge in a new window)

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.
F/Sgt Dave Stanton and crew, on only their third trip were missing and they were all later reported killed; their graves are in the Durnbach Cemetery, Germany.

Lancaster JB301
F/S D. Stanton Pilot (Killed)
Sgt J. Tunley F/E (Killed)
Sgt C.F. Walton NAV (Killed)
Sgt E.W. Howell W/AG (Killed)
Sgt N. Fleming A/G (Killed)
Sgt J. Spiers B/A (Killed)
Sgt G.A. Bicknell A/G (Killed)

Crew on their 3rd operation.

Click this link to view the crash site of JB301.