Personnel Index - Detail
From the panel at Runnymede
6/7 April, 1942; ESSEN:
This was a night of severe electrical storms and icing, as over 150 main force bombers attempted to continue the bombing campaign against Essen. Cloud over the target prevented most of the force finding the primary, with Essen reporting only light damage. 49 Squadron had provided five aircraft, of which the Ratcliffe crew (AD190) bombed the primary on an estimated ETA, three abandoned their attacks due to icing, and the fifth was reported missing.
F/Sgt Leslie Davis (AT126) and crew are believed to have come down in the North Sea; the crew is remembered on the Runnymede Memorial.
Hampden AT126 (EA-Z)
F/S L. Davis Pilot (Missing)
Sgt M. Griffiths W/Ag (Missing)
Sgt C.A.V. Hartley RAAF W/Ag (Missing)
Sgt D.P. Warmsley A/OB (Missing)