|Date of Death
|Next of Kin
|Son of Tom and Mona Kathleen May Wadsworth, of Driffield, Yorkshire. Husband of Margaret Annie Wadsworth, of Driffield.
|Avro Lancaster III
|Durnbach War Cemetery
|Coll. grave 4. D. 1-7.
|FOR HIS LOVE, COURAGE, AND DEVOTION TO DUTY, WE WILL REMEMBER HIM. DRIFFIELD, YORKS
IBCC Memorial Information
|Royal Air Force
|Country of Origin
|St. Mary Magdalene Church, Warboys, Cambridgeshire
|Stained Glass Window & Inscribed Slate Tablet
|We light the way" This tablet is placed in memory of Flight Lieutenant JL Sloper DFC and Bar, RAFVR. And in tribute to all who served with 156 Squadron Path Finders Force at RAF Warboys, 1942-1945, In gratitude.
|His son, the Rev. Michael P Wadsworth published a moving account of his life entitled "They Led the Way"
|Born in Driffield, where his parents taught in the Infant and Junior Schools. Attended Bridlington School. He joined the RAF as a Halton Apprentice in 1937 and later volunteered for aircrew; his engineering experience made him an ideal candidate for the newly-introduced trade of Flight Engineer. After completing a tour of operations with 103 Sqn, Wadsworth was commissioned in October 1943 and joined 156 Sqn, based at Upwood.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
The National Archives
|Record of Events (Operational Record Book) AIR 27/1042/8
|Summary of Events (Operational Record Book) AIR 27/1042/7
Last Operation Information
|Night (29% moon)
|Friedrichshafen. 323 aircraft, 18 Lancasters Lost (5.6%). A highly dangerous raid deep into German territory in bright moonlight and only four weeks after the disastrous raid on Nuremberg, which was still fresh in everybody's minds. The target was of high importance due to its engine and gearbox plants, mainly used for German tanks. Friedrichshafen was, however, further south and barely within reach of German fighter bases. Several diversionary raids assisted with confusing the German Controllers. This was an outstandingly successful raid with excellent marking leading to an estimated 67% of the town being devastated. The gearbox plant was completely destroyed and, according to a German report, the most damaging blow to tank production of the war.
|Reason for Loss
|Shot down by a night-fighter and crashed into woods west of Neuhausen, south of Engen, Germany