Informal group portrait of the Lancaster crew of "M" Mother, 49 Squadron RAF, in 1944. On the ...

Accession Number P05650.001
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white - Print other than silver gelatin
Maker Unknown
Place made United Kingdom
Date made c 1944
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copyright

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain

Description

Informal group portrait of the Lancaster crew of "M" Mother, 49 Squadron RAF, in 1944. On the night of 7/8 March 1945, whilst on a mission to bomb Harburg, their Lancaster bomber (PB537) crashed, killing four crew members. The remaining three crew were taken prisoner of war (POW) by the Germans. Identified from left the right are: (Skipper) 429834 Flying Officer Roussel William Galloway Stark, RAAF, (died on operations 7 March 1945); (Rear Gunner) Sergeant (Sgt) Joe Dixon (POW); (Flight Engineer) Sgt Fred Brennan, RAAF, (POW); (Bomb Aimer) 417440 Warrant Officer Ralph McPherson Bairnsfather, RAAF, (killed in action on 7 March 1945); (Wireless Operator) 423514 Flight Sergeant Angus "Gus" Thomas Jellicoe Lovett, RAAF, (died on operations 7 March 1945); (Mid Upper Gunner) 1900007 Sergeant Robert Cecil "Paddy" Gilbert (died on operations 7 March 1945); and (Navigator) 419244 Warrant Officer John Charles Yeoman, RAAF, (POW).