Sergeant Donald Crowe  -  186 Squadron  
   

Sergeant Donald McBean Crowe  - RAFVR

 

 Sergeant Donald Crowe was serving as an Air Gunner on board Lancaster Mk.I HK650 coded AP-T during an operation to Krefeld on the February 8/9 1945. The aircraft left Stradishall at 0345hrs to attack the railway yards at Hohenbudberg. The Lancaster exploded after being hit by flak and the resulting debris was scattered over a wide area of Schwafheim, a built up area. The entire crew was lost.

The crew consisted of:
 

Name

Service

Trade

Hometown

Age

F/Sgt Eric Morris

RAFVR

Pilot

Twickenham

21

Sgt Albert Pitt

RAFVR

Flight Engineer

Christchurch, Hampshire

22

Sgt Edward Chetwynd-Stapylton

RAFVR

Navigator

Odiham, Hampshire

20

F/Sgt Raymond Wellington

RAFVR

Bomb Aimer

Wallington, Surrey

21

Sgt William Stephens

RAFVR

W/Op/AG

Elswick, Northumberland

19

Sgt James Finlayson

RAFVR

Air Gunner

Penicuik, Midlothian.

19

Sgt Donald Crowe

RAFVR

Air Gunner

Ashington, Northumberland

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Donald Crowe's grave at Reichswald

 Sergeant Donald McBean Crowe RAFVR was the son of Donald McBean and Barbara Crowe of Ashington, Northumberland. He had two brothers, William and Henry and two sisters, Vera and Barbara. He came from a family of coal miners and worked in a grocery store before volunteering for the RAF.

 He and his crew are buried in the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery.

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Photos courtesy of Barbara Richell & Hans Ooms, research by Linda Ibrom