Technical Specs

Type Lancaster
Serial Number W4861
Squadron 12
Operation Dortmund
Date 1 23rd May 1943
Date 2 24th May 1943

Serial Range W4761 – W5012 This aircraft was one of a batch of 200 Lancasters ordered from Metropolitan Vickers in 1940 and built as 70 Mk.1 (W761-4982) with Merlin 20 engines and 30 Mk.111 (W4983-5012) with Merlin 28 engines from Sep42 to May43.

They were delivered to Woodford for assembly and flight-testing. Delivered to No.12 Squadron Jan43. W4861 took part in the following Key Operations: Lorient 13/14Feb43; Nuremburg 25/26Feb43; St.Nazaire 28Feb/1Mar43; St.Nazaire 22/23Mar43 – flown by W/C R.S.C.Wood, CO No.12 Sqdn; Berlin 27/28Mar43.

When lost W4861 had a total of 190 hours. Airborne 2319hrs 23May43 from Wickenby. Exploded and crashed near Markelo (Overijssel), 23 km SW of Hengelo, Holland. Those who died are buried in Markelo General Cemetery.
Two, F/O Mounsey and P/O Whitaker, have Special Memorial markers as the precise location of their graves could not be established.
Of the seventeen airmen buried here, all were from Bomber Command.

  • F/O W.N.Mounsey KIA
  • Sgt W.B.Jowett PoW
  • P/O W.B.Whitaker KIA
  • Sgt A.Dews PoW
  • Sgt R.S.G.Miller KIA
  • Sgt K.G.Legg KIA
  • Sgt H.Pierpoint KIA
  • Sgt A.Dews (promoted to F/S during captivity) was interned in Camps L6/357, PoW No.117, with Sgt W.B.Jowett (also promoted to F/S during captivity), PoW No.183. ‘Air Battle of the Ruhr’, A.Cooper, records Sgt W.B.Jowett as Sgt W.B.Jarrett.