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  Sergeant John McCormick - 514 Squadron  
 

Sergeant John Payne McCormick - RAFVR

 
 Sergeant John McCormick was serving as Wireless Operator on board Lancaster Mk. II DS785 coded JI-D during an operation to Schweinfurt on February 23/24, 1944. The aircraft took off from Waterbeach at 2057hrs  carrying 1x 4000lb, 24x30lb and 420 3lb incendiary bombs but failed to return, the entire crew was lost.

The crew consisted of:

Name

Service

Trade

Hometown

Age

F/Sgt Alfred Kay

RAFVR

Pilot

-

-

F/Sgt Edward Marchant

RAFVR

Flight Engineer

Dagenham, Essex

20

F/Sgt John Fenwick

RAFVR

Navigator

Wraysbury,Bucks.

21

F/Sgt John McKeown

RAFVR

Bomb Aimer

Hunton Bridge,Herts

20

Sgt John McCormick

RAFVR

W/Op/AG

Belfast, N. Ireland

20

Sgt Robert Harrison

RAFVR

Air Gunner

West Cornforth,Co.Durham

28

F/Sgt Bertil Bergquist

RCAF

Air Gunner

Cadillac, Quebec

22

 

Unidentified class photo.

Sergeant John Payne McCormick RAFVR, known as “Jackie”, was aged 20 and the son of Samuel and Sarah McCormick of Belfast, Northern Ireland. Sergeant Kay and his crew were posted to 514 squadron (B) on the 4th February 1944. All are buried in Durnbach War Cemetery

John's grave.

 
  Photos courtesy of Robin McCormick, research by Linda Ibrom.