Flight Sergeant Trevor Payne  -  617 Squadron  
   

F/Sgt Trevor Herrington Payne - RAFVR

(with wife and son)

 

 Flight Sergeant Payne was as serving Front Gunner on board Lancaster Mk.III JA898 coded KC-X when it left Coningsby at 23.59 on an op to bomb the Dortmund-Ems Canal near Ladbergen on September 15/16 1943. Eight aircraft escorted by 6 Mosquito’s took off to attack the Dortmund-Ems Canal their objective being to breach and therefore close the canal to traffic in an attempt to deprive the Germans of the considerable supplies that were transported by this route. Thick fog prevented accurate bombing and the flak was intense Lancaster III JA 898 was shot down by light flak whilst in the target area and crashed between Recke and Obersteinbeck, two small towns which border the Mittelland Canal It was one of five aircraft that failed to return from this mission. All of the crew perished in the crash.
 

The crew consisted of:

Name

Service

Trade

Hometown

Age

F/L Harold Wilson

RAFVR

Pilot

Tottenham, Middlsex

28

P/O Thomas Johnson

RAF

Flight Engineer

-

-

F/O James Rodger

RAFVR

Navigator

Edinburgh

32

F/O George Coles

RCAF

Bomb Aimer

-

-

W/O John Edwin Bateup

RCAF

W/Op/AG

-

-

F/Sgt Trevor Payne

RAFVR

Air Gunner

Gateshead,Co.Durham

23

Sgt Clifford Knox

RAFVR

Air Gunner

-

-

F/Sgt Eric Hornby

RAFVR

Air Gunner

Northwich,Cheshire

22

 

 F/Sgt Trevor Herrington Payne RAFVR was the son of James and Alice Herrington Payne ,eldest brother of Trevor, Don, Pat, Dennis and Gordon . He was married to Sarah Ellen (Sally) of Gateshead, Co. Durham and they had a son, James who was born on 12th March 1941.

 On 26th May 1943 he was promoted to temporary F/Sgt with effect from the 1st May 1943. With F/L Wilson as pilot, he acted as air gunner on 15th July 1943 on an op to bomb the electric power installations at Aquata Scrivia near Genoa, and on 24th July 1943 in Lancaster III EE197, acted as gunner on the bombing of the dock and harbour installations at Leghorn, (Livorno), Italy.

 

Photos courtesy of Judith Lewis, research by Linda Ibrom