Personnel Index - Detail

Name
CAMM
First Names
Philip O
Rank
Sgt
Service
RAF
Service Number
544768
Crew Position
Flight Engineer
Age
23
Date of Death
03/01/1944
Cemetery

 

Photographed by Malcolm Brooke
 

Image courtesy of Barbara Lister
From the local newspaper


Image courtesy of Barbara Lister
Initial Training (unknown location)
 

Image courtesy of Barbara Lister
49sqn in 1939 (Philip Camm is 6th from the left, rear row)
 

Image courtesy of Barbara Lister
Unknown but hilly location. Philip Camm is 3rd from the left, rear row.
 

Photo from the effects of Philip Otley Camm reproduced courtesy of Barbara [Betty] Lister.
 

Image courtesy of Barbara Lister

Left to right......Unknown, F/O Ronald Stobo, F/O George Thomas Young.
F/L Johnny Palmer, Unknown, Sgt Philip Otley Camm.

2/3 January, 1944; BERLIN:

Every available person on the station gave a hand in clearing the snow ready for the evening's operation. Take-offs were able to begin 15 minutes before midnight with Fiskerton managing to get 12 aircraft airborne from the 13 detailed.
Just 311 bombers struggled to reach a cloud-covered Berlin where the bombing was spread, with no concentrated fires developing. The German controllers had realised the bombers target in advance and instructed the night-fighters accordingly; most of the 27 Lancasters lost, fell in the Berlin area.
The reason for the total loss of F/Lt Johnny Palmer (JB727 EA-S) and crew has never been established; the pilot, who had recently celebrated his 21st birthday is remembered along with his crew on the Runnymede Memorial; their mid-upper gunner, Derek Prusher, was just 18 years old.
It is just possible that F/Lt Palmer’s S - Sugar was the aircraft that was in collision with another Fiskerton Lancaster that night as it would have been in the same wave, and if slightly ahead of N-Nan it would have changed course and be heading back across the track of the oncoming tail-enders.

Lancaster JB727 (EA-S)
F/L C.J.E. Palmer Pilot (Killed)
Sgt P.O. Camm F/E (Killed)
F/O G.T. Young NAV (Killed)
Sgt H. Conrad W/OP (Killed)
Sgt D.D.R. Dallaway A/G (Killed)
F/O R. Stobo A/B (Killed)
Sgt D.F. Prusher A/G (Killed)

Crew on their 11th operation

The Documents section contains....The story of Sgt Philip Camm which gives additional details of this crash and the family's correspondence with the RAF.