Sergeant John Reade  


Sgt. John Reade (left) with brother James who also joined the RAF.


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: 

Sgt. Eric Hall RAFVR aged 20

Sgt.Frederick Simpson RAFVR

Sgt.William Stevenson RAFVR aged 22

Sgt Clarence Reed RAFVR aged 28 ( Marandellas, Southern Rhodesia.)

All are 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.




Photo courtesy of Kathryn Church, research by Linda Ibrom.