Personnel Index - Detail

First Names
Service Number
Crew Position
Wireless Operator/Air Gunner


7/8th October 1943, STUGGART:

Returning damaged from their raid Lancaster ED426 piloted by Pilot Officer Don Wares hit a ridge of high ground. Three of the crew were killed in the crash, two were taken prisoner and two evaded capture.

Lancaster ED426 (EA-P)
P/O D. Wares Pilot (Evader)
Sgt A.H. Brownlie F/E (Killed)
Sgt T.T. O'Leary NAV (Killed)
Sgt J.R. Barlow W/AG (Evader)
Sgt G. Attwood A/G (P.o.W.)
F/O E.J. Hepburn RCAF B/A (Killed)
F/S W. Fitzgerald RAAF A/G (P.o.W.)

L to R: Sgt Ray Barlow, Sgt Tim O'Leary, Sgt Don Wares and, we believe, - F/O Elmer Hepburn and Australian, Sgt W Fitzgerald

Bestman, Sgt Ray Barlow, Sgt Donald Wares, Jessie Wares (née Bell) and Donald's sister, Diana on the wedding day......21st July 1943.

49Sqn Association

49Sqn Association

49Sqn Association

49Sqn Association
See "The Long Walk Home" in the Documents section for more details.

'Posted Out' in 1993

On Friday 8th October 2021 a memorial stone was unveiled in the Commercy Forest near to the crashsite.
Click this link to read more about the event.