Personnel Index - Detail

Name
SPECKMAN
First Names
John Clement
Rank
F/Sgt
Service
RAF
Service Number
1320824
Crew Position
Air Bombardier
Posting Details
Posted in 6/44

 

Flew 4 operations with 49Sqn all in June 1944.

He was posted, with the rest of his crew, to 619Sqn on the 25th June 1944.



The 49Sqn 'Jordan crew' photographed whilst serving with 619Sqn

Rear row (L to R): Sgt F W BeltSgt S A Fearon, F/S J C Speckman, Sgt C C Newton
Front row (L to R): Sgt H E Hayes, F/L W F Jordan, Sgt J H Herring

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F/Sgt Speckman was killed on 5th August 1944 whilst flying with 619Sqn.

He is buried at the Brookwood Military Cemetery.



Initial information received from Douwe Drijver:
He was part of the crew of Lancaster LM420 (PG - R) piloted by F/L W F Jordan which was attacking St. Leu D'Esserent.
Over the target the bomber was hit by flak. The Lancaster was able to return to base but, shortly after, F/Sgt Speckman died of his wounds.

The pilot's logbook records........
"On the run-up (to the target) a/c received a direct hit under the nose by heavy flak. The Air Bomber (F/S Speckman) was fatally wounded and bombs dropped by F/Eng, who went forward to press release button.”
F/L Jordan's logbook indicates, “Wounded by flak, A/Bomber Killed".

The aircraft was diverted to Tangmere.

F/Sgt Speckman's photograph and logbook details have been provided by Robin Jordan (son of F/L W F Jordan)