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Coulsey, John Robert (Sergeant)

Killed in Action 1943-June-15

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Birth Date: 1920 (age 23)

49 (B) Sqn- Squadron (RAF)
Cave Canem (Beware of the dog)
RAF Fiskerton
Air Chief MarshalA/C/M
Air MarshalA/M
Air Vice MarshalA/V/M
Air CommodoreA/C
Group CaptainG/C
Wing CommanderW/C
Squadron LeaderS/L
Flight LieutenantF/L
Flying OfficerF/O
Pilot OfficerP/O
Warrant Officer 1st ClassWO1
Warrant Officer 2nd ClassWO2
Flight SergeantFS
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Leading AircraftmanLAC
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Lancaster Mk.I/III ED434

Bombing Oberhausen Germany 1943-June-14 to 1943-June-15

An all Lancaster force of 197, guided by 6 Oboe Mosquitoes made a successful attack on Oberhausen. Despite the target being cloud-covered, accurate sky-marking enabled the bombers to do considerable damage. Twelve Lancasters lifted from Fiskerton's runway, the last one away by 22.32hrs. The crews found themselves engaged in a savage battle from both flak and fighters which resulted in Bomber Command losing 17 aircraft.

Of those missing: Sgt Frost (ED434) and crew had been shot down by a German night fighter flown by Hauptmann Hans-Dieter Frank I./NJG1. The aircraft fell to the ground 2 kilometers East of Dodewaard, Holland at 01.13hrs. The pilot and flight engineer survived to become POW's in Stalag 357, Kopernikus; the remainder of the crew are buried in Uden War Cemetery.

Took off from Fiskerton at 22:32 in Lancaster Mk III (Sqn code EA-T Bomber Command) on an operation to Oberhausen Germany.

Shot down by a night fighter and crashed 1.5 km SW of Dodewaard, Gelderland, Holland.

Killed includes Coulsey: F/O A E Whittaker RAF KIA Uden War Cemetery grave 5. F. 2. Sgt V Horsley RAF KIA Uden War Cemetery grave 5. G. 13. F/Sgt W L Chatfield RCAF R/99842 KIA Uden War Cemetery grave 5. G. 11. Air gunner Sgt P A Toms RAF KIA Uden War Cemetery grave 5. G. 12.

POWs: W/O R Frost RAF pilot POW camp not listed. F/Sgt. N C Hitchcock RAF POW camp not listed.

Grave, Sergeant Coulsey

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grave 5 F 1

Crew on Lancaster Mk.I/III ED434

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Avro Lancaster Mk. X RCAF Serial FM 213
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The Avro Lancaster is a British Second World War heavy bomber. It was designed and manufactured by Avro as a contemporary of the Handley Page Halifax, both bombers having been developed to the same specification, as well as the Short Stirling, all three aircraft being four-engined heavy bombers adopted by the Royal Air Force (RAF) during the same wartime era.

The Lancaster has its origins in the twin-engine Avro Manchester which had been developed during the late 1930s in response to the Air Ministry Specification P.13/36 for a capable medium bomber for "world-wide use". Originally developed as an evolution of the Manchester (which had proved troublesome in service and was retired in 1942), the Lancaster was designed by Roy Chadwick and powered by four Rolls-Royce Merlins and in one version, Bristol Hercules engines. It first saw service with RAF Bomber Command in 1942 and as the strategic bombing offensive over Europe gathered momentum, it was the main aircraft for the night-time bombing campaigns that followed. As increasing numbers of the type were produced, it became the principal heavy bomber used by the RAF, the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) and squadrons from other Commonwealth and European countries serving within the RAF, overshadowing the Halifax and Stirling. Wikipedia

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Lancaster Mk.I/III ED434

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