Sergeant William Tyrie - 630 Squadron  

Sgt. William Tyrie - DFM


 Sergeant William Tyrie - DFM  was serving as Wireless Operator on board Lancaster MK.III JB-532 coded LE-X for an operation to Berlin on January 2, 1944. The aircraft was hit by flak and crashed near Grossbeuthen, all of the crew were killed and are buried in the Berlin 1939-45 War Cemetery.

The rest of the crew were:

Name Trade  Service Age Hometown
F/L D.A.MacDonald - DFC Pilot RCAF 20 Regina,Saskatchewan,Canada
S/L Kenneth Vare - AFC 2nd Pilot RAF 30 Island Bay,Wellington,New Zealand
Sgt Robert Smale - MID Flight Engineer RAF 21 Henfield,Sussex
F/O Neils Westergaard - DFC Navigator RAFVR 21 Earls Court,London
F/S John Turnbull Bomb Aimer RAFVR 22 Sunderland,Co.Durham
F/S WilliamJenkins Air Gunner RAFVR - -
F/S William Roche Air Gunner RAAF 29 Myrtleford,Victoria,Australia

 Sergeant William Tyrie,DFM,RAFVR aged 21,son of Sarah and William Tyrie(deceased) and brother of Jack of Wandsworth, London. William Tyrie received his Distinguished Flying medal while serving with 619 squadron, the citation reads:


TYRIE William Richard 1385473 Sergeant  619 Squadron
London Gazette 10/12/1943 Wireless Operator/Air Gunner.Press Release
"Sergeant Tyrie has taken part in many operational sorties against important German targets.An outstanding Wireless Operator, he has consistently displayed coolness and courage of a high degree. In October 1943,the aircraft in which he was flying was completely lost over enemy territory with no instruments available but, with great skill and initiative, this airman succeeded in guiding the bomber safely back to base."

Group Training Photo

William in group photo.

 The Tyrie family was to lose another relation in the Navy during the war and also Steven Herring RAF of 269 Squadron in addition to William.




Photos courtesy of Jack Tyrie  (brother of William), research by Linda Ibrom.