Thorpe Camp Visitor Centre - P/O R.T.W. Harwood and Crew

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Reference WMO/262889



Tattershall Thorpe



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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Within a garden/park/churchyard/enclosure/Marketplace
Description: Tree/s
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: Memorial RowanTree 18-19th July 1944 619 Squadron Lancaster III. PB245 PG-Z. Take off at 2258 Dunholme Lodge tasked to attack a railway junction at Revigny. Shot down, probably by a night-fighter, and crashed at Ussy-sur-Marne. All are buried in a collective grave in the communal cemetery at Ussy-sur-Marne. Sgt. Frogley had gained an immediate DFM for displaying great coolness in the face of persistent night-fighter attacks during recent operations. Details of his award were published on 29 August 1944. Page 338 Vol. 5 Bomber Command Losses.
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Norman William Donnelly, Flying Officer (Pilot), 422269, Royal New Zealand Air Force, Age 32, Son of Jack and Maud Donnelley; husband of Selma A. Donnelley, of Takapuna, Auckland, New Zealand. Samuel Wardley Ling, Sergeant (Flt. Engr), 1427911, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. James Kitchener Johnson, Pilot Officer (Nav.). J/88546, Royal Canadian Air Force, Age 26, Son of William Hedley Johnson and Annie Johnson, of Kirkland Lake. Ontario. Canada. Donald Irving Grant, Flying Officer (Air Bomber), 405253 Royal New Zealand Air Force, Age 33, Son of John and Margaret Grant, of Oamaru, Auckland, New Zealand. Rupert Thomas William Harwood, Pilot Officer (W.Op./Air Gnr.), 178759. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Age 34, Son of Rupert Charles Harwood and Margaret Myfanwy Harwood, of Slough, Bucks; husband of Winifred Amy Harwood, of Slough, Bucks. John Frederick Russell Taje, Warrant Officer (Air Gnr.), 1378784, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve Terence Frederick Frogley : D F M, Sergeant (Air Gnr), 1609273, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Age 20, Son of Cecil Lloyd Frogley and Anne May Frogley, of Lymington, Hampshire. Distinguished Flying Medal 1609273 Sergeant Terence Frederick FROGLEY, R.A.F.V.R., 619 Sqn. In July, 1944, 'this airman was the rear gunner of an aircraft detailed to attack a -target –near Paris. Whilst over the target' area the aircraft was engaged by a fighter. • Early, in the -fight the bomber was struck by the enemy's bullets. " -The .intercommunication system was rendered useless and the mid-upper turret was hit and its occupant' wounded; the rear turret was also damaged and could only be operated manually. Despite this, Sergeant ' Frogley used his guns with excellent effect causing the enemy aircraft to break away with smoke pouring from it. After the .target had been bombed, the aircraft was twice engaged by enemy aircraft .but Sergeant Frogley drove them- off. This airman displayed high skill and great resolution, qualities which contributed materially to the safe return of the aircraft.

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