F/L J C Mc Rose DFC RAAF - 103 Sqn.
John Rose and crew were posted to 103 Sqn in the summer of 1942 along with a number of prominent 103 crews. Those of Geoff Maddern, Bunny Austin, Ken Berry, Keith Douglas and Johnnie Roper spring to mind.
He commenced his tour at the end of August 1942 and this ran as follows :-
27-Aug-42 - Kassel - Halifax - W1223 - P/O JC Rose
28-Aug-42 - Saarbrucken - Halifax - BB202 - P/O JCRose
01-Sep-42 - Saarbrucken - Halifax - W7819 - P/O JCRose
02-Sep-42 - Karlsruhe - Halifax- W7819 - P/O JC Rose
04-Sep-42 - Bremen - Halifax - W7819 - P/O JC Rose
07-Sep-42- Duisburg - Halifax - W7819 - P/O JC Rose
08-Sep-42- Frankfurt - Halifax - W7819 - P/O JC Rose
02-Oct-42- Krefeld - Halifax - W7819 - P/O JC Rose - TE NF sighted before reaching target. Gunner engaged and claimed as probable
05-Oct-42- Aachen - Halifax - W7819 - P/O JC Rose
06-Oct-42- Osnabruck - Halifax - DT482 - P/O JC Rose
13-Oct-42- Kiel - Halifax - W7819 - P/O JC Rose
15-Oct-42- Cologne - Halifax - W1188 - P/O JC Rose
24-Oct-42- Milan - Halifax - W7819 - P/O JC Rose -Combat. Attacked by twin engined night fighter. Jettisoned bombs and evaded into cloud. A/C badly damaged. 4 guns in rear turret and 1 in mid upper frozen solid. Extensive damaged to controls W/T and other accessories. Landed at Manston
22-Nov-42 - Stuttgart - Lancaster - W4333 - F/L JC Rose - Attacked train at Compiegne while returning. Believed badly damaged.
02-Dec-42 - Frankfurt - Lancaster - W4787 - F/L JC Rose - Diverted to Middleton-St-George.
06-Dec-42 - Mannheim - Lancaster - W4787 - F/L JCRose
09-Dec-42 - Turin - Lancaster - W4787 - F/L JC Rose
20-Dec-42 - Duisburg - Lancaster - W4787 - F/L JC Rose
21-Dec-42 - Munich - Lancaster - W4787 - F/L JC Rose - FTR - Crashed near Maubeuge, France.
They completed 18 ops and lost on their 19th. 13 ops were on Halifaxes. John Rose was awarded an immediate DFC during this period.
The crew for their final op was :-
21/12/1942 - Munich- W4787 - F/L JCMcI Rose - 21 - East Malvern, Victoria, Australia - RAAF - K
21/12/1942 - Munich - W4787 - Sgt FJ Fisher - RAF - K
21/12/1942 - Munich - W4787 - Sgt GT Hawkins - 27 - Wembley, Middlesex - RAF - K
21/12/1942 - Munich - W4787 - Sgt PL Donald - 20 - Coventry - RAFVR - K
21/12/1942 - Munich - W4787 - F/S WE Ryan - 24Leeds, Yorkshire - RAFVR - K
21/12/1942 - Munich- W4787 - Sgt EJ Smith - RAFVR - K
21/12/1942 - Munich - W4787 - Sgt F Trimmer - 20Finchley, Middlesex - RAFVR - K
They are buried at Maubauge-Centre Cemetery.
Written by David Fell. Photo courtesy of the Rose family via Bernard in France
Bernard in France wishes to contact family of the crew of F/L J C Mc Rose RAAF listed below KIA 21/22 December 1942. A memorial to this crew will be unveiled in August this year. Contact - David W Fell