Sergeant Albert Pettman - 103 Squadron  
 

 

Sergeant Albert Harry Pettman - RAFVR

 

 Sergeant Albert Pettman was serving on board Lancaster Mk.III LM 682 coded PM-O on  February 13/14, 1945 when it took off from Elsham Wolds at 21.40 for an operation to Dresden, as part of Operation Thunderclap. The aircraft crashed near Bensheim, the entire crew was killed.

 The bombing resulted in a massive firestorm which ravaged the city and resulted in a high number of civilian casualties.

 The crew consisted of:

Name

Service

Trade

Hometown

Age

P/O Dugald Rimmington

RAAF

Pilot

Alphington,Victoria,Australia

21

Sgt George Turner

RAFVR

Flight Engineer

Oldham,Lancs.

19

Sgt George Gilfillian

RAFVR

Navigator

-

-

F/Sgt Edward Staples

RAFVR

Bomb Aimer

-

-

Sgt Albert Pettman

RAFVR

W/Op/AG

Woodnesborough, Kent

24

Sgt William Swan

RAFVR

Air Gunner

Mill End, Rickmansworth, Herts.

19

Sgt Frank Rushworth

RAFVR

Air Gunner

Southwark, London

19

 

Albert Pettman (r) with friend.

Sergeant Albert Pettman was born in Woodnesborough, Kent, he and his crew rest in the War Cemetery at Durnbach.

 

Albert Pettman (r) with unidentified wireless operator friends.

 

 

  Photos courtesy of Richard Pettman, research by Linda Ibrom.