Flying Officer John Rosser - 35 Squadron  

Flying Officer John Rosser - RAFVR

 Flying Officer John Rosser was serving as Navigator aboard Lancaster Mk. III ND-649 coded TL-C during an operation to to the synthetic oil plants at Wanne-Eickel on September 12, 1944. The aircraft took off from Graveley at 12135hrs and crashed approximately two hours later at  Gelsenkirchen-Bismark killing everyone aboard including F/O Rosser. The crew were initially buried at Gelsenkirchen but were later re-interred in Reichswald Forest War Cemetery.

The crew consisted of:

Name Service Trade Hometown Age
F/O Donald Campbell  RAFVR Pilot - -
F/Sgt Frederick Harmsworth-Smith   RAFVR Flight Engineer Reading, Berkshire 24
F/O Ronald Toomer  RAFVR Bomb Aimer Wells,Somerset 27
F/Sgt William Mintjens  RAFVR Wop/AG Romford,Essex 24
F/Sgt Joseph Robinson  RAFVR Air Gunner Brookwood,Surrey 23
Sgt Francis Davidson  RAFVR Air Gunner Sandhead,Wigtownshire 21

Flying Officer John Radford Rosser  RAFVR aged 22  brother of Stanley (who served in the Royal marines and survived the Normandy landings) and also Hubert. He was the son of John and Rosa Rosser of Penylan, Cardiff, Wales. John  Rosser won a place at Howardian Grammar school in Cardiff where he excelled academically. He was also a Queen’s Scout before joining the RAF at the age of 18/19. He completed a tour of forty operations and was scheduled to serve as an instructor in Canada once he completed an additional ten ops for which he volunteered.

John's Grave Marker

  Photos courtesy of Violet Bryon, research by Linda Ibrom.