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ID number P00216.001
Collection Photograph
Object type Black & white - Film copy negative


Studio portrait of 426412 Flight Sergeant (Flt Sgt) John Francis Worley, 460 Squadron RAAF, Rear Gunner. Flt Sgt Worley in Lancaster J Johnny (JB637) took off from RAF Binbrook at 1725 hours on 27 January 1944 to bomb Berlin. Nothing was heard from the aircraft after take off and it did not return to base. Eighteen aircraft form the squadron took part in the raid. Three of these aircraft including JB637 failed to return. Other crew included 409590 Warrant Officer (WO) Richard John Power, RAAF, Pilot; 409632 Pilot Officer (PO) Samuel Whiteside, RAAF, Navigator; 405909 Flight Sergeant (Flt Sgt) Ernest William Joseph Hurley, RAAF, Bomb Aimer; 410673 PO James Allan Kerby, RAAF, Wireless Operator and Air Gunner; Sergeant (Sgt) A W McKenzie, RAF, Flight Engineer; Sgt A E Wortley, RAF Air Gunner. Post war it was established from German records that the aircraft was shot down in the vicinity of Werder, Germany south west of Berlin. A German resident of Stuecken about 24 miles south west of Berlin stated that on the night of 27 January 1944 a Lancaster crashed on his land and all the crew of seven were killed. This aircraft was established as being JB637. All the crew are interred in the Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery.