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  Flying Officer Geoffrey Holmes - 432 Squadron  
 

Flying Officer Geoffrey Vernon Holmes  - RAFVR

 
F/O Geoffrey Holmes  was serving as Navigator on board Lancaster Mk. II DS740 coded QO-Z during an operation to Braunschweig, a working class industrial city which was the centre of the German armament industry, on January 14/15,1944. The aircraft crashed at Lagershausen some 6 km NE of Northeim. All of the seven man crew were killed, including Flying Officer Geoffrey Holmes.

The crew consisted of:

Name Service Trade Hometown  Age
P/O Donald Rae  RCAF Pilot Vancouver, British Columbia 21
Sgt Kenneth Evans  RAFVR Flight Engineer Romford,Essex 19
F/O Geoffrey Holmes  RAFVR Navigator Sale, Cheshire 22
W/O 2 David Lyng  RCAF Bomb Aimer - -
F/Sgt Edward Howe  RAFVR W/Op/AG Gidea Park,Romford,Essex 21
Sgt Charles Tarr  RAFVR Air  Gunner Gorton, Manchester 29
W/O2 Willard Hoppus  RCAF Air  Gunner Lacombe, Alberta 26

 Flying Officer Geoffrey Vernon Holmes RAFVR was  born in Sale, Cheshire and the son of Charles and Dora Holmes and  brother of Vera. He attended Manchester Grammar School before enlisting.

Geoffrey Holmes as an airman in training.

 Flying Officer Geoffrey Holmes and crew are buried in Hanover War Cemetery.

Grave marker of Geoffrey Holmes and Kenneth Evans

 
  Photos courtesy of Vera Priestner  and Ian Priestner, research by Linda Ibrom.