Sergeant Victor Trayler  

Sergeant Victor Trayler - RAFVR

Sergeant Victor Trayler was serving as Mid Upper Gunner on board Lancaster Mk. III DV-190 coded UM-B2 during an operation to Duisberg on January 1/2, 1944. The aircraft took off from Wickenby shortly at 0016 but crashed at Gardelegen killing all but one of the crew.

The other crewmembers were:

Name Trade Service Age Hometown
Sgt Ernest Berry Pilot RAFVR - -
Sgt Eric Atkinson Flight Engineer RAFVR 19 Mirfield,Yorkshire
Sgt J.B.Edwards - POW Navigator RAFVR - -
Sgt Ronald Doull Bomb Aimer RAFVR 22 Ilford,Essex
Sgt Stanley Henderson Wireless Operator RAFVR 23 Consett,County Durham
Sgt John Waters  Rear Gunner RAFVR - Ireland

All of the crew are buried on the 1939-45 Berlin War Cemetery.


Sergeant Victor Trayler joined the RAF at age 18, he was the son of William and Gwendoline Trayler and husband of Olive of Newport, Monmouthshire. Olive and Victor's son, Michael Victor was to be born on 13th February 1944, just over a month after Victor and his crew were shot down.

Victor was good friends with rear gunner John "Paddy" Waters as well as with the other members of the crew, Sgt "Chic" Henderson was a brilliant cartoonist and used to pass the time by drawing cartoons of the crew's time together.


Cartoons of the Crew by Sgt "Chic" Henderson


  Photos courtesy of Mrs Olive Perry, research by Linda Ibrom.