Sergeant Harold Wride - 426 Squadron  

Sergeant Harold Wride - RAFVR


Sergeant Harold Wride was serving as Flight Engineer on board Lancaster Mk.II DS840 coded OW-C during an operation to Nuremberg on March 30/31, 1944. The aircraft left Linton-on-Ouse at 2158hrs, joining a 68 mile long bomber stream of which 96 aircraft would fail to return.

 On reaching the target area the Lancaster was shot down by a night-fighter. It fell at Ermreuth,4km WSW of Grafenberg, the entire crew was lost.

The crew consisted of:

Name Service Trade Hometown  Age
F/L Walter Cracknell  RCAF Pilot Fort William, Ontario -
Sgt Harold Wride  RAFVR Flight Engineer Hull 24
F/Sgt Alexander Devoy  RCAF Navigator - 23
Sgt Hubert Orr  RCAF Bomb Aimer - 30
W/O2 Milton Moosman  RNZAF W/Op/AG Wellington, New Zealand 23
F/O Leroy Robinson  RCAF Air  Gunner Golden, British Columbia 27
F/Sgt Roy Haycock  RCAF Air  Gunner Ingersoll, Ontario 25

 Sergeant Harold Wride RAFVR was the eldest son of Harry and Lucy Wride of  De La Pole Avenue, Hull and a much loved  brother of Richard (Dick), Sidney, Joyce and Margaret and cousin to Harry, Victoria and Joan.

 In 1938 he joined the Royal Air Force and became a trained ground crew engineer. From there he was remustered as aircrew and eventually posted to 426 squadron.

 The entire crew is buried in the Durnbach War Cemetery.




Photo courtesy of Philip Leslie, research by Linda Ibrom.