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Cowdrey, Alfred George Robert

Date of death:
December 16th, 1943
Buried on:
Commonwealth War Graves Protestant Churchyard Heemskerk
Plot: 1. Grave: 305.
British (1801-present, Kingdom)


Service number: 643825
Rank: Sergeant (Air Gnr.)

On 16 December 1943 at 17:12 departed from RAF-Witchford, Lancaster DS835 with the mission: a bombing raid on Berlin. The aircraft was part of a formation of 483 Lancasters and 10 Mosquitos. DS835 crashed down for unknown reasons in Heemskerk in which all crew members lost their lives. The losses during this successful raid which destroyed a large part of the city centre of Berlin were high. Over 50 Lancasters were lost due to attacks from German fighters, flak guns and the heavy cloud cover during the return flight.

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  • Photo 1:
  • - Commonwealth War Graves Commission
    - RAF Bomber Command Losses of the Second World War: 1943 v. 4, W.R. Corley
    - The Bomber Command War Diaries: An Operational Reference Book, 1939-45, Chris Everitt