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F/O Donald A Ryerse RCAF and crew – 103 Squadron – RAF Elsham Wolds – 1944

Failed to Return – 31st August 1944 – Avro Lancaster III – LM243 – Op Agenville

103 Squadron Ryerse

Donald Ryerse ( pictured above  )and crew were posted to 103 Squadron at RAF Elsham Wolds from Heavy Conversion Unit 11 Base on the 1st July 1944. They were lost on their 17th operation. See below :-

17-Jul-44 - Sanneville - Lancaster – JB655 - F/O DA Ryerse RCAF

20-Jul-44 - Wizernes - Lancaster – ND613 – F/O DA Ryerse RCAF

23-Jul-44 - Kiel - Lancaster - ND613 – F/O DA Ryerse RCAF

24-Jul-44 - Stuttgart - Lancaster - LM177 – F/O DA Ryerse RCAF

25-Jul-44 - Stuttgart - Lancaster - ND613 – F/O DA Ryerse RCAF

28-Jul-44 - Stuttgart - Lancaster - ND613 – F/O DA Ryerse RCAF

01-Aug-44 - Belle-Croix-Les-Bruyeres - Lancaster – ND613 – F/O DA Ryerse RCAF

03-Aug-44 - Trossy-St-Maximin - Lancaster - ND613 – F/O DA Ryerse RCAF

04-Aug-44 - Pauillac - Lancaster - ND613 – F/O DA Ryerse RCAF

05-Aug-44 - Blaye - Lancaster - ND613 – F/O DA Ryerse RCAF - Base closed due to low cloud. Diverted to Ossington.

07-Aug-44 - Fontenay-le-Marmion - Lancaster - ND613 – F/O DA Ryerse RCAF

16-Aug-44 - Pomeranian Bay - Lancaster - LM243 – F/O DA Ryerse RCAF

18-Aug-44 - Ertvelde Rieme - Lancaster - LM243 – F/O DA Ryerse RCAF

25-Aug-44 - Russelheim - Lancaster - LM243 – F/O DA Ryerse RCAF

26-Aug-44 - Kiel - Lancaster - LM243 – F/O DA Ryerse RCAF

29-Aug-44 - Stettin - Lancaster - LM243 – F/O DA Ryerse RCAF

31-Aug-44 - Agenville - Lancaster - LM243 – F/O DA Ryerse RCAF – FTR - Probable flak victim. Crashed in France.

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103 Squadron Ryerse ID

F/O Donald Arthur Ryerse RCAF ( pictured above ) – 20 – 103 Sqn - Son of Arthur C. and Jessie M. Ryerse, of Simcoe, Ontario, Canada - Runnymede Memorial

Sgt Edward Thompson RAFVR – 23 - 103 Sqn - Son of William and Helen Thompson, Prescot, Lancashire - Runnymede Memorial

F/S William Nixon RAFVR – Air Bomber - 23 - 103 Sqn - Son of John Teasdale Nixon and Catherine Nixon of Wishaw, Lanarkshire - Abbeville Communal Cemetery, France.

F/S Kenneth Henry Pithouse RAFVR – 22 - 103 Sqn - Son of William Kenneth and Gladys Irene Pithouse, of West Norwood, London - Runnymede Memorial

F/O Robert Edwin Richardson RAFVR – Wireless Operator - 21 - 103 Sqn - Son of Frank and Jane Richardson of Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire - Abbeville Communal Cemetery, France.

F/S Norman Thomas James RCAF ( pictured below ) – Air Gunner - 23 - 103 Sqn - Son of George and Addie James; husband of Joyce K. James of Noranda, Province of Quebec - Calais Canadian War Cemetery, France

Sgt Cyril Small RAFVR – Air Gunner - 30 - 103 Sqn - Son of Thomas and Alice Elizabeth Small of Winterton, Lincolnshire – Died in captivity - Abbeville Communal Cemetery, France.

103 Squadron James Ryerse

F/S Norman Thomas James RCAF

Headstones at Abbeville Communal Cemetery, France.

103 Squadron Nixon Ryerse crew

F/S William Nixon RAFVR

103 Squadron Richardson Ryerse crew

F/O Robert Edwin Richardson RAFVR

103 Squadron Small Ryerse crew

Sgt Cyril Small RAFVR

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31-Aug-44 - Agenville

103 Squadron detailed 14 aircraft for this attack on The V2 storage facility at Agenville France. All aircraft too off in good weather but cloud persisted along most of the route and crews had to descent from the bombing height ordered. The markers appeared somewhat scattered and the Master Bomber's instructions were at times rather confused. Bombing was from between 7000 ft and 11500 ft. Defences consisted of intense predicted flak and some machines were hit . F/O Ryerse and crew are missing from this operation. All other machines returned safely to base.

For this attack on 9 V2 storage sites in northern France Bomber Command detailed a total of 601 aircraft - 418 Lancasters, 147 Halifaxes, 36 Mosquitos. 8 of the sites were found and bombed. 6 Lancasters lost.

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Lancaster – LM243

103 Squadron Barleet and T Tommy

LM243 PM – T with F/O Bartleet

This machine was lost on its 18th operation. See below :-

20-Jul-44 - Wizernes - Lancaster - LM243 – F/O JPD Bartleet

23-Jul-44 - Kiel - Lancaster - LM243 – F/O JPD Bartleet

24-Jul-44 - Stuttgart - Lancaster - LM243 – F/O JPD Bartleet

30-Jul-44 - Foret-de-Nieppe - Lancaster - LM243 -  S/L FVP Van Rolleghem

03-Aug-44 - Trossy-St-Maximin - Lancaster - LM243 – F/O JPD Bartleet

05-Aug-44 - Blaye - Lancaster - LM243 – F/O JPD Bartleet - Base closed due to low cloud. Diverted to Ossington.

07-Aug-44 - Fontenay-le-Marmion - Lancaster - LM243 – F/O JPD Bartleet

10-Aug-44 - Dugny - Lancaster - LM243 – F/O JPD Bartleet

11-Aug-44 - Douai - Lancaster - LM243 – F/O JPD Bartleet

12-Aug-44 - Bordeaux - Lancaster - LM243 – F/O JPD Bartleet - Hit by flak. No crew injuries to crew

14-Aug-44 - Fontaine-le-Pin - Lancaster - LM243 – P/O JP Austin

15-Aug-44 - Le Culot - Lancaster - LM243 – F/L W Nixon

16-Aug-44 - Pomeranian Bay - Lancaster - LM243 – F/O DA Ryerse RCAF

18-Aug-44 - Ertvelde Rieme - Lancaster - LM243 – F/O DA Ryerse RCAF

25-Aug-44 - Russelheim - Lancaster - LM243 – F/O DA Ryerse RCAF

26-Aug-44 - Kiel - Lancaster - LM243 – F/O DA Ryerse RCAF

29-Aug-44 - Stettin - Lancaster - LM243 – F/O DA Ryerse RCAF

31-Aug-44 – Agenville - Lancaster - LM243 – F/O DA Ryerse RCAF – FTR - Probable flak victim. Crashed in France.

Item compiled by David Fell with photos courtesy the Canadian Virtual War Memorial and the MacTaggart family. Graves photos courtesy of Ben Howson

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