Personnel Index - Detail
Photographs courtesy of Michel Beckers from WWII Crashsite Research
14/15 June, 1943: OBERHAUSEN:
An all Lancaster force of 197, guided by 6 Oboe Mosquitoes made a successful attack on Oberhausen. Despite the target being cloud-covered, accurate sky-marking enabled the bombers to do considerable damage. Twelve Lancasters lifted from Fiskerton's runway, the last one away by 22.32hrs. The crews soon found themselves engaged in a savage battle from both flak and fighters which resulted in Bomber Command losing 17 aircraft. W/O Norman Nixon (ED435), whose brother happened to be the Medical Officer at Fiskerton, was killed along with his crew over Germany, their Lancaster crashing near Lembeck; the crew are buried together in the Reichwald Forest Cemetery.
Lancaster ED453 (EA-G)
W/O N. Nixon Pilot (Killed)
Sgt C. Wilde F/E (Killed)
F/S S.D. Bird RCAF Nav (Killed)
Sgt R.T. Moore W/AG (Killed)
Sgt R.K.B. Muir A/G (Killed)
Sgt N.W. Fyfe B/A (Killed)
Sgt F.R. Fowler A/G (Killed)
Sgt E. Dangerfield Extra W/AG (Killed)
Crew on their 10th operation
Sgt 'Nicky' Nixon running up ED453 G-George at dispersal on 22 Apr 1943. Just visible in the trees behind the groundcrew figure is the 'Old Vicarage' at the top of the hill into Fiskerton village. The Nixon crew failed to return from the Oberhausen raid on 14/15 June 1943 in this aircraft. Note the 'Mandrel' aerial clearly visible on the nose.