John, John Elwyn

Personal Information

Rank Sgt
Forename(s) John Elwyn
Surname John
Gender M
Age 21
Date of Death 17-08-1943
Next of Kin Son of David Llewelyn and Margaret Lenora John, of Swansea, Wales.

Aircraft Information

Aircraft Avro Lancaster III
Serial Number ED989
Markings DX-F Frederick III

Memorial Information

Burial/Memorial Country United Kingdom
Burial/Memorial Place Runnymede Memorial
Grave Reference Panel 155.
Ribbon Stone 1524 (Block 107, Column 12, Row 1)

IBCC Memorial Information

Phase 1
Panel Number 55

Enlistment Information

Service Number 1153102
Service Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Group 5
Squadron 57
Squadron Motto Corpus non animum muto (I change my body, not my spirit)
Trade Air Gunner
Country of Origin United Kingdom

Other Memorials

Location International Bomber Command Centre, Canwick Avenue, Lincoln LN4 2HQ
Country United Kingdom
Memorial Type Inscribed stone tablet
Memorial Text Remembering John Elwyn John & his crew of ED989
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Location Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre, East Kirkby, Lincolnshire
Country United Kingdom
Memorial Type Sculptures, Inscribed Memeorial Stone & Inscribed Metal Plaques
Memorial Text In memory of those who gave their lives with 57 and 630 Squadrons 1939 - 1945
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Location Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre, East Kirkby, Lincolnshire
Country United Kingdom
Memorial Type Stenciled 57 Sqn RoH in site Chapel
Memorial Text In proud memory of the men of No. 57 Squadron who lost their lives operating from Royal Air Force East Kirkby 1943 to 1945
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Miscellaneous Information

John was born on 22nd January 1922 at 1 Howells Terrace, Heol Las, Glamorgan, Wales. His father was a tinplate worker. At 18 years old John enlisted as a 2RC at RAF Cardington May 1940, then to 951 Squadron based in Bristol. This later merged with 927 Squadron. John was attached to 11 (BC) Balloon Command, defending the Bristol Channel. He attended ACRC (Air Crew Recruiting Centre), London in October 1942 to commence his air gunner training. John’s initial training (14 ITW) was in Bridlington, moving to 4 AGS. He attended No. 12 OTU at RAF Chipping Warden in 1943, on Wellington bombers. Conversion (1660 HCU) took place at RAF Swinderby on Manchesters and Lancasters. Then to Dunholme Lodge to join 1485 Gunnery flight and afterwards he was posted to 467 Squadron at RAF Waddington. On 28th July 1943, his operational posting was to 57 Squadron at RAF Scampton. John took part in six operational sorties. His first flight was on 29 July 1943 aboard JA914, John as rear Gunner. On future flights he flew as Mid-Upper Gunner with the same crew. John’s last flight took place on 17 August 1943, leaving RAF Scampton at 21:44 for the V2 rocket factory at Peenemunde, Germany aboard Lancaster ED989, DX-F, Frederick III. ORB states “Missing, lost contact after take-off”. Believed to have been in the third wave of aircraft.

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Last Operation Information

Start Date 17-08-1943
End Date 18-08-1943
Takeoff Station Scampton
Day/Night Raid Night (93% moon)
Operation Peenemunde (Operation Hydra, part of Operation Crossbow - Destruction of the V2)
Reason for Loss The Lancaster was in the final wave of the attack and is believed to have been shot down by a night fighter

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