Personnel Index - Detail

Name
PALMER
First Names
Cecil John Edward
Rank
F/Lt
Service
RAF
Service Number
124807
Crew Position
Pilot
Age
21
Date of Death
03/01/1944
Cemetery

 

Photographed by Malcolm Brooke
 

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

F/Lt Palmer & Crew

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.