LEO LORNE NORMAN DE CELLES
460 SQUADRON RAAF

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Subject:    460 Squadron RAAF
Date:             Thu, 26 Aug 1999 16:09:00 -0400
From:           "Norman DeCelles" <ndecelles@medinfocenter.com>

Just a note to say that my uncle, L.L.N. De Celles (Leo Lorne Norman) was a Canadian P/O flying in 460 Squadron when he was killed 24 Feb. 1944 over Scweifurt. As I was named after him (my father was in the Canadian infantry). I was always interested in the uncle I never met. In 1995, I was able to visit the Commonwealth War Grave in Germany where he and many others are buried. It was a very moving experience to see first hand the names of the many air crew, and the huge loss of life really sinks in when you realize this is only a small gravesite.

In any event, I would appreciate if you or others would have any additional info on him or his crew, or the missions they flew.

P.S. in the Roll of honour you have mis-spelt his name!! (now fixed)

Thanks
Norman DeCelles

 

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Subject:    460 Squadron
Date:             Fri, 10 Sep 1999 14:05:10 -0400
From:           "Norman DeCelles" <ndecelles@medinfocenter.com>

I am just buying a scanner this weekend!! What I will do in the near future is send you a copy of the "missing in Action" notice that has his photo. This was taken from the Montreal newspaper that my Aunt saved all these years. I also have a photo of myself beside his grave. I wish I had realized it at the time, but my research on the 460 Squadron website gave me the names of the other crewmembers. (Not one Aussie....Probably too hung over from the previous night Ha Ha !!) Checking on the Commonwealth Graves Commission site showed that they were all buried beside each other. It would have been nice to get a photo of the other markers.....Next Time..

Keep up the good work, and I will get the pics out as soon as my rather busy schedule allows me the time to do so.

Regards
Norm DeCelles

 

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The following information is from the Commonwealth War Graves home Page. The book "Strike and Return" indicates only one Lancaster from 460 Squadron was lost the night of the death of Leo De Celles. From the Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour Ddatabase I was able to find the following other 460 Squadron members who died that same night and then found their details on the Commonwealth War Graves home page. This site confirmed they were all buried at Durnbach cemetery in Germany. So at this stage it is an assumption on my part that they are all from the same Lancaster that crashed on a raid to Augsburg on 25 Febraury 1944. It was piloted by Ronald Cecil Martin:-

 

LEO LORNE NORMAN DE CELLES

Pilot Officer
J/92028
Air Gnr.
460 (R.A.A.F.) Sqdn, Royal Canadian Air Force
who died on
Friday, 25th February 1944. Age 21.

Son of Leo and Maud De Celles, of Westmount, Montreal, Province of Quebec, Canada.

Cemetery: DURNBACH WAR CEMETERY, Bayern, Germany
Grave Reference/Panel Number: 7. A. 5.

 

WILLIAM DAVID CARLILE

Flight Sergeant
425120
Royal Australian Air Force
who died on
Friday, 25th February 1944. Age 30.

Son of Margaret Theodosia Carlile, of Sherwood, Queensland, Australia.

Cemetery: DURNBACH WAR CEMETERY, Bayern, Germany
Grave Reference/Panel Number: 11. B. 17.

 

In Memory of

PETER WILLIAM BEDFORD GURDON

Flight Sergeant
421861
Royal Australian Air Force
who died on
Friday, 25th February 1944. Age 30.

Son of Augustus Edward Phillip and Dorothy Ehreusvard Gurdon, of Ingleburn, New South Wales, Australia. B.Sc. Agrostologist.

Cemetery:  DURNBACH WAR CEMETERY, Bayern, Germany
Grave Reference/Panel Number: 11. B. 15.

 

In Memory of

WILLIAM JOHN HOWISS

Flight Sergeant
418842
Royal Australian Air Force
who died on
Friday, 25th February 1944. Age 27.

Son of Stephen and Mary Howiss; husband of Margaret Jean Howiss, of East Brighton, Victoria, Australia.

Cemetery: DURNBACH WAR CEMETERY, Bayern, Germany
Grave Reference/Panel Number: 11. B. 21.

 

In Memory of

RONALD CECIL MARTIN

Pilot Officer
420838
Royal Australian Air Force
who died on
Friday, 25th February 1944. Age 27.

Son of Cecil and Mabel Jane Martin, of Gloucester, New South Wales, Australia.

Cemetery: DURNBACH WAR CEMETERY, Bayern, Germany
Grave Reference/Panel Number: 11. B. 16.

Location: Durnbach is a village 16 kilometres east of Bad Tolz, a town 48 kilometres south of Munich. Durnbach War Cemetery is 3 kilometres north of the village Gmund am Tegernsee. Using the A8 from Munich, turn off at the junction Holzkirchen, taking the 318 road in the direction of Gmund am Tegernsee. At the crossroads with the 427, turn left into Miesbach. The cemetery is situated approximately 500 metres on the left from the 318/472 crossroads.

Historical Information: The site for the cemetery was chosen, shortly after hostilities had ceased, by officers of the British Army and Air Force, in conjunction with officers of the American Occupation Forces in whose zone Durnbach lay. The great majority of those buried here are airmen shot down over Bavaria, Wurtemberg, Austria, Hessen and Thuringia, brought from their scattered graves by the Army Graves Service. The remainder are men who were killed while escaping from Prisoner of War camps in the same areas, or who died towards the end of the War on forced marches from the camps, to more remote areas. One of the graves in the cemetery contains the ashes of an unknown number of unidentified war casualties, recovered from Flossenburg. Within the Indian section of the cemetery will be found the Durnbach Cremation Memorial, commemorating 23 Non-Commissioned Officers and men of the army of undivided India who died while prisoners of war in various places in France and Germany and who were accorded the last rites required by their religion - committal to fire.

 

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