Personnel Index - Detail

Name
TUNLEY
First Names
James
Rank
Sgt
Service
RAF
Service Number
633057
Crew Position
Flight Engineer
Age
32
Date of Death
23/09/1943
Cemetery

 

Photographed by Malcolm Brooke
 



Photograph and information courtesy of Wyn Tunley

(The photo is taken at the family home when he managed to get leave at the same time as two of his brothers. Harry the eldest son had just returned from Dunkirk. James is in front of him in RAF uniform with his mother in the centre and another brother Tom who had just joined the RAF.

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.
F/Sgt Dave Stanton and crew, on only their third trip were missing and they were all later reported killed; their graves are in the Durnbach Cemetery, Germany.

Lancaster JB301
F/S D. Stanton Pilot (Killed)
Sgt J. Tunley F/E (Killed)
Sgt C.F. Walton NAV (Killed)
Sgt E.W. Howell W/AG (Killed)
Sgt N. Fleming A/G (Killed)
Sgt J. Spiers B/A (Killed)
Sgt G.A. Bicknell A/G (Killed)

Crew on their 3rd operation.

Click this link to view the crash site of JB301.