On original site
Inside a building - public/private
- Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial:
Memorial tablet in memory of P/O Ronald Arthur Winn RAF, MIA 24/08/43
He was Bomb Aimer on 78 Sqn Halifax JD305 EY-C that had departed Breighton at 2032 for Ops Berlin
During the flight, the aircraft was intercepted and attacked by numerous Night-Fighters that resulted in severe damage to the engines and possibly mortally wounded or killed the Mid-Upper Gunner
The Pilot attempted to return to the safety of the UK but was forced to attempt a ditching in the North Sea. Although he succeeded in ditching, tragically he along with the Flight Engineer and the Mid-Upper Gunner were unable to escape before the aircraft sank.
The Rear Gunner assisted the injured Navigator and Wireless Operator onto a fuel tank that had broken free from the aircraft wreckage. Sgt Winn also climbed onto the tank alongside the other three Airmen.
In the following sixteen hours, Sgt Winn tragically fell into the sea and was swept away, He has no known grave and is therefore remembered on the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey
Eventually the three survivors were rescued by the crew of an RAF ASR Launch. Sadly, both the Navigator and the Wireless Operator died from their injuries before the vessel arrived in Port.
The Rear Gunner, Sgt G.E. Russell was awarded the DFM (Gazetted 24/09/43) Sep for his efforts in attempting to save the lives of his crewmates, this was Gazetted 24th Sept 1943.
This was a very bad night for 78 Sqn, who lost a total of five aircraft on this one Op.
In addition to this loss, the following were also lost; Halifax BB373/EY-K (8 KIA), Halifax JB874/EY-E (6 KIA 1 seriously injured); Halifax JD248/EY-J (6KIA 1 POW) and Halifax JD310/EY-Z (6KIA 1 POW)
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