LOSS OF LANCASTER LM316
460 SQUADRON RAAF
ON 2/3 DECEMBER 1943
DURING AN OPERATION OVER BERLIN

 

Lancaster LM316 of 460 Squadron RAAF piloted by Flying Officer Alan Roy Mitchell RAAF took off from Binbrook at 1632 hours on 2 December 1943. Lancaster LM316 was lost during an operation over Berlin on the evening of 2/3 December 1943. Mr. Nordahl Grieg, A Norwegian War Correspondent, was a passenger during this operation. All crew members and Nordahl Grieg were killed.

A section of the wing from this Lancaster is on display on a wall in the Norwegian Embassy in Berlin, Germany.

Those killed were as follows:-

 

(P) Mitchell Alan Roy RAAF 409933 Berlin War Cemetery Grave 7.B.16
Mr. Johan Nordahl Brun Grieg Norwegian Novelist, playwright and poet   No known grave
(E) Cooper George Hartley RAFVR 1604429 Berlin War Cemetery Grave 7.B.18
(B) Phelan Ian Rupert RAAF 410255 Berlin War Cemetery Grave 7.B.11
(N) Cole Ray Osmond RAAF 408329 Berlin War Cemetery Grave 7.B.27
(W) Boyd James Owen RAAF 410830 Runnymede Memorial, Panel 187
(G) Ellis Leslie Jewitt RAFVR 147094 Runnymede Memorial, Panel 131
(G) Keir Kenneth George Vincent RAFVR 1803747 Runnymede Memorial, Panel 155

 

Four bodies were exhumed after the war from the Garrison Military Cemetery at Doberitz, Berlin and re-interred in the Berlin War Cemetery.

Norwegian poet Nordahl Grieg had escaped to England on board the same ship which carried the Norwegian Royal Family and the Norwegian National Gold Treasure. Nordahl sought permission to take part in a British bombing raid on Germany in 1943. He was able to eventually achieve his goal through the assistance of Laurence Collier, Britain's Minister to the Norwegian Government in exile. Another Norwegian Journalist has placed a Memorial Stone on the exact location where the Lancaster crashed near Döberitz on the outskirts of Berlin. Captain Nordahl Grieg is shown on the plaque. The bodies of Grieg and four of the crew members have never been located.

 


Photo: F.P. Neale August 2006

Memorial stone to War Correspondent Grieg on the spot where Lancaster LM316 crashed

 


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Frederick P. Neale beside the Memorial Stone for Nordal Grieg

 


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Frederick P. Neale inspecting a section of wing from Lancaster LM316
which is located in the Norwegian Embassy in Berlin, Germany

 


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A close-up of the wing section

 

Lancaster LM316 was one of five 460 Squadron Lancasters lost on this operation. The other Lancasters lost were W4881, DV296, JB608, and JB611.

 


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Frederick P. Neale at Doberitz, Berlin, Germany at the site of the original Garrison Military Cemetery

 


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Site of the original Garrison Military Cemetery at Doberitz, Berlin, Germany

 


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Berlin War Cemetery, Germany

 


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Berlin War Cemetery

 


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1914 - 1918 Australian airmen cemetery at Leighterton, Gloucestshire, England. There is a memorial
service held at the village church and graveside. Some of the relatives of those killed still attend.

 


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Frederick P. Neale at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) office at Maidenhead, UK
trying to locate the resting place of his brother Sgt William George Neale RAFVR of 103 Squadron

 

Sgt. William George Neale (1711578 )

 


Photo: F.P. Neale September 2006

Binbrook Village Post Office

 


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Binbrook Village

 


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Binbrook airfield. Note the Lightning fighter jet at right of photo near hangar

 


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460 Squadron RAAF Memorial at Binbrook

 


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St. Mary's Church, Binbrook

 


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460 Squadron RAAF Crest in St. Mary's Church, Binbrook

 

REFERENCES

Lost Bombers
http://www.lostbombers.co.uk

The Last Poems of Nordahl Grieg
I. A. Weatherhead, A. K. Weatherhead

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

I'd like to thank Frederick P. Neale for his assistance with this web page. Frederick has been trying to locate his brother's grave in Berlin for the last 6 years. He has visited Berlin on three occasions searching for the grave of his then 20 year old brother Sergeant William George Neale (Engineer) of 103 Squadron RAF, based at Elsham Wolds, Lincoln. He was killed in action  in Lancaster III, Serial JB401 code PM-K from 103 Squadron on 2 December 1943, the same night that Lancaster LM316 of 460 Squadron RAAF was lost.

Those killed in Lancaster JB401 were as follows:-

Flight Lieutenant (Pilot) Charles Peter Ready
Flying Officer (Nav) Arthur James Wakefield
Sergeant (Air. Bomber) Stanley Williams
Sergeant ( W.op/Air Gnr) Herbert Fox
Sergeant (Air.Gnr) William Ainslow
Sergeant (Air.Gnr) William Edward Cheal
Sergeant (Flight Eng) William George Neale

The crew were originally buried in the Garrison cemetery Doberitz neat Berlin. After the war their bodies were exhumed from this cemetery but only the Pilot and Navigator were identified and reburied in the Berlin War Cemetery.

Frederick P. Neale is also trying to locate Sgt R.E. Page, RAF who was stationed at Binbrook with 460 Squadron RAAF and was a member of Fl/Lt C.C. Gardiner's crew in Lancaster JB600.

 

 

Can anyone help me with more information?

 

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