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  Sergeant Roy Werrill - 514 Squadron  

Sergeant Roy Werrill - RAFVR

 

Sergeant Roy Werrill was serving as Flight Engineer on board Lancaster Mk. I PB906 coded JI-B2 during an operation to attack the benzol synthetic oil plant at Wanne-Eickel on January 16/17 1945. The aircraft took off from Waterbeach at 2312hrs on what was supposed to be the crew's final operation prior to being screened. For this task they were flying a new aircraft on its maiden voyage. The aircraft and crew were lost without a trace.

The crew consisted of:

Name

Service

Hometown

Age

F/O George Orr

RAFVR

Cathcart,Glasgow

-

F/O Merlin Matkin

RCAF

Lakes Park, Alberta

-

Sgt Roy Werrill

RAFVR

Wigan, Lancashire

-

F/Sgt James Bryson

RAFVR

Ashington,Northumberland

-

F/Sgt Thomas Wilcox

RAFVR

Porthcawl,Glamorgan

22

F/Sgt Anthony McGlone

RAFVR

Kirkdale,Liverpool

22

F/Sgt Henry Bishop

RAFVR

-

-

F/Sgt George Spencer

RAFVR

Hull

32

 

 Sergeant Roy Werrill RAFVR was born in 1923 ,the son of Allan and Olive Werrill of Wigan, Lancashire. He had three sisters, Dora, who died in infancy, Mildred, now 82 and Olive, now aged 80. His younger brother Kenneth is 68. Roy was a fully trained engineer, working in a local factory producing war materials and was about to get engaged to Joan, a local girl who was a member of the Women’s Army Corps. He volunteered for the RAF in 1943.

 Roy and his cre ware commemorated on the Memorial at Runnymede.

 
  Photos courtesy of Helen and Andrew Werrill, research by Linda Ibrom.