Pilot Officer Kenneth Taylor - 218 Squadron  
 

 

 

Pilot Officer Kenneth Alsey Taylor - RAFVR

 

 Pilot Officer Kenneth Taylor was serving as Flight Engineer on board Stirling Mk.I N6077 coded HA-V on January 27/28, 1943, when it took off from Downham Market at 1730hrs for a mine laying operation in the Sweet Pea region (Rostock and Arcane) of the Baltic.

 As they proceeded on the homeward journey at 400 feet, they flew into high ground near Dassel. Sergeant Jackson was blown out of the rear turret, landing uninjured  in the snow and was to become a POW. This particular Stirling had a total of 221.45 hours when lost. Seven of the crew rest in Hanover War cemetery.

 The crew consisted of:

Name Service Hometown  Age
P/O Arthur Gough  RAFVR Kenton, Middx. 20
P/O Kenneth Taylor  RAFVR Streatham, London 23
Sgt Edward Forward  RAFVR Trallwn, Glasgow 24
Sgt Geoffrey Layley  RAFVR Kingsclere, Hampshire 23
Sgt Norman Whitehead  RAFVR Almondbury, Hampshire 20
Sgt George Banks  RAFVR Northenden, Lancs. 31
Sgt Loring Ehrhart  RAFVR - -
Sgt W.E.Jackson - POW RAFVR - -

 Pilot Officer Kenneth Alsey Taylor RAFVR was the son of Thomas Alsey and Ethel Taylor of Streatham, London.

 

 

 

  Photos courtesy of Roy Smith & Brian Taylor, research by Linda Ibrom.