Personnel Index - Detail

First Names
Cyril Thorpe
Service Number
Crew Position
Date of Death


Photographed by Malcolm Brooke

49Sqn Association

L to R:
Jock Paterson, Jimmy Green, Doug Bickle, Arthur Buck, Cyril Anderson and John Nugent

This airman flew Lancaster ED999 at least for an image and information about this aircraft.

Photograph courtesy of Dominic Howard

Image courtesy of Dominic Howard

A later picture of Pilot Officer Anderson in the back garden of Montague Street, Bulwell, Nottingham

Cyril married Rose Darby at Nottingham Registry Office in late 1939.

23/24 September, 1943; MANNHEIM:

The northern part of Mannheim suffered bombing from 628 aircraft. It cost Bomber Command 18 Lancasters, 7 Halifaxes and 7 Wellingtons.
After their mid-afternoon bus trip from Fiskerton, 13 crews had climbed away from Dunholme Lodge by 18.56hrs. Once over the target, fighters were again much in evidence. The use of searchlights in co-ordination with fighters accounted for many of the losses.
Sadly, the luck of two other 49 Squadron crews did not hold out. Cyril Anderson and his 'Dambuster' crew flying in the Wingco's aircraft, D-Donald, failed to return and were all later reported killed... this would have been their 21st operation.

ED702 (EA-D)
P/O C T. Anderson Pilot (Killed)
Sgt R.C. Paterson F/E (Killed)
F/Sgt J.P. Nugent NAV (Killed)
F/Sgt W.D. Bickle W/AG (Killed)
Sgt A.W. Buck A/G (Killed)
F/Sgt G.J. Green B/A (Killed)
F/Sgt E. Ewan A/G (Killed)

Offenbach an der Queich.............................Ottersheim bei Landau


A=Position of crash site with memorial nearby
B=Location where F/Sgt Green was found with memorial nearby

The crew memorial

The memorial to Sgt G J Green


Additional details regarding this loss can be read in a letter from the Air Historic Branch to Dominic Howard.......Cyril Anderson was his great uncle.

There is a memorial tree planted at East Kirkby to remember this crew.