Personnel Index - Detail

Name
KERNAHAN
First Names
John
Rank
P/O
Service
RAF
Service Number
177752
Crew Position
Wireless Operator
Age
21
Date of Death
08/07/1944
Cemetery

 

Photographed by Neil Kernahan (nephew of P/O Kernahan)

The crashsite of LM541



 

Photograph via Ron Eeles
The funeral of the crew of LM541
 

7/8 July, 1944; ST-LUE-D'ESSERENT (CRIEL):

5 Group paid a second visit to the V1storage dump at St Leu on the 7th. A slightly smaller force of 208 Lancasters led by Pathfinder Mosquitoes, accurately bombed the tunnels in which the flying bombs were stored. But the cost in men and aircraft was to be high; 29 Lancasters and 2 Mosquitoes were lost as German night-fighters again took their toll.

What did shock and sadden many at Fiskerton was the loss of one very experienced crew; F/Lt George Ball DFC (LM541) was flying his 30th operation, and most of his crew their 29th. Tragically they were all killed and are buried in Le Chesne Cemetery, Eure, France.
 

Lancaster LM541 (EA-N)
F/L G.E. Ball DFC Pilot (Killed)
Sgt E. Wardman F/E (Killed)
P/O G. Millar NAV (Killed)
P/O J. Kernahan W/OP (Killed)
Sgt J.A. Kirwan DFM A/G (Killed)
P/O G.A. Rae RCAF A/B (Killed)
F/S G.J.W.Parkinson DFM A/G (Killed)

Crew on their 29th operation

Colin Cripps (Association Researcher):
A victim of Lt. Siegfried Elsässer Stab II./NJG