|Sgt. John Reade
- RAFVR was serving on board Wellington Mk.III X-3696 coded
OW-T for an operation to Duisberg on March 26.27,
1943. Upon return from the target the aircraft radioed that it was
low on fuel and given a course for Catfoss, East Riding,
Yorkshire. A short time later another message was received
that the crew were abandoning the aircraft while they were
still over the North Sea. Despite extensive searches of the
area, no trace of the crew or aircraft were ever found.
The rest of the crew were:
Hall RAFVR aged 20
Stevenson RAFVR aged 22
Clarence Reed RAFVR aged 28 ( Marandellas, Southern
commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.
John was the son of
James and Anastasia Reade of Kilkenny, Ireland. He
was one of 8 children, 6 boys and 2 girls and 24 years old
at the time of his death. His mother was
greatly opposed to any of her children joining the service
but John followed brother James into the Royal Air Force.
He was unmarried and also
lived in Kilkenny, Ireland.