Group portrait of the seven man aircrew of Lancaster bomber, AR F2, (PB 471), 460 Squadron, RAAF, ...

Accession Number P04171.005
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white - Film original negative 5x4" nitrate
Maker Unknown
Place made United Kingdom: England, Lincolnshire, Binbrook
Date made January 1945
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copyright

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain

Description

Group portrait of the seven man aircrew of Lancaster bomber, AR F2, (PB 471), 460 Squadron, RAAF, at their base in Binbrook, Lincolnshire. Identified from left, standing: 434620 Flying Officer (FO) Bernard Maxwell Clegg, (wireless operator), of Qld; 435276 Flight Sergeant (Flt Sgt) Bryant 'Buster' Braddock (mid upper gunner), of WA; 430403 FO Sydney Clifton (Syd) Swift (navigator) of NSW. Kneeling from left: 430033 Flight Lieutenant (Flt Lt) Alexander Elliott (Alex) Jenkins, (pilot), of Vic; Flt Sgt Frank Stone (flight engineer), of the UK; Flt Sgt Alan Graham (rear gunner), of the UK; Flt Sgt Herbert Thomas (Bert) Campbell, (bomb aimer). In February 1945 this aircraft was shot down by German night fighters when returning from a raid on Dortmund in the Ruhr Valley. The aircraft crashed at Linkhout, in the Belgian province of Limberg. The crew, with the exception of the pilot, Flt Lt Alex Jenkins, were all killed. Flt Lt Jenkins bailed out and was able evade capture, before eventually meeting up with advancing allied forces. On his return to Britain, he was reinstated as a pilot and flew missions until the end of the European war. The six crew members are buried at the Hasselt New Communal Cemetery, Belgium. The two ground crew members (background) are unidentified.