460 SQUADRON RAAF
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I received the following e-mail from Jeff Knight on3 November 1997:-
Date: 3 November 1997
From: "The Knight Family" (email@example.com)
Subject: Graham Berry ex 460 Squadron
I write this on behalf of my stepfather, Graham Berry who was a member of 460 Squadron. The first section is a brief account of his war years written recently and is followed by an excerpt from "Tales From The Sagan Woods" by Alex Gould. This was his personal account, written by Graham in 1942.
Name: Graham Royston Berry
Enlisted: RAAF 17/8/40
Service No. 407281
Empire Air Training Course No5
No1 Initial Training Course
No1 Wireless Operator Course
No1 Bombing & Airgunner Course, Evanshead N.S.W.
Arrived United Kingdom 18/7/41
Posted to No20 Operation Training Unit, Lossiemouth, Scotland 6/9/41
Posted to 460 Squadron 29/12/41 Kettering
The whole squadron flew from Molesworth Nth Hants to Binbrook Yorkshire.
Completed 17 operations over Europe in Wellington Mark IV Bomber.
20/8/42, conversion to Halifax Bomber then conversion to Lancaster Bomber on 25/10/42.
Shot down in "A" for "Apple" Lancaster No 4273 on low level ops to Stuttgart on 22/11/42.
Prisoner of War Stalag Luft 1, Barth Germany, transferred to Stalag Luft 7 Memmell Lith., then to Stalag Luft 3 Saigen Silesia Germany.
Marched across Germany from Luft 3 January 1945, middle of winter, Russians shelling Breslaw 45 miles away.
Tale 57, Wartime Log page 21, taken from "Tales from the Sagan Wood".
On a night raid to Stuttgart flying at 50 feet we were hit by light flak from Amiens. Flying at speed of 387 miles per hour just out of dive, we were hit on the port wing and caught on fire, climbed and dived to try to put out fire, the port inner engine fell out and wing started to break off and port engine caught on fire so we crash landed on ploughed field. We had one 4000lb bomb and 6000lb of incendiary bombs. Crew safely got out of crash and three finally got home. I was loose five days in France. Captured near Paris, sent to Dulad, six days in cooler then sent to Luft 1, twelve months there and then sent to Luft 6, five days and nights in cattle truck and never got out, there three weeks and then sent down to Luft 3.
Hoping this is of some interest. If you would like to know more please email us.
Jeff Knight & Graham Berry, Adelaide, South Australia.
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