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  Flying Officer Henry Jeffery - 97 Squadron  
 

Flying Officer Henry William Jeffery - RAFVR

 
 Flying Officer Henry Jeffery was serving as Bomb Aimer aboard Lancaster Mk. III ND739 coded OF-Z during an operation to bomb a coastal defence battery at St-.Pierre-du-Mont on June 6, 1944. The aircraft took off from Coningsby at 0256hrs, it was least heard from at 0504hrs acknowledging a message from the controller. 

 The Lancaster and crew were lost without a trace, the crew are remembered on the Runnymede memorial.

The crew consisted of:

Name

Service

Trade

Hometown

Age

W/C Edward Carter - DFC

RAFVR

Pilot

-

-

P/O Guy Dunning - DFM

RAFVR

Flight Engineer

Camberley, Surrey

26

F/L Ronald Conley - DFC

RAAF

Navigator

Annerley,Queensland

28

F/L Herbert Rieger

RCAF

Bomb Aimer

Hamilton, Ontario

21

F/L Henry Jeffery - DFM

RAFVR

Bomb Aimer

Southall, Middlesex

22

F/L Albert Chambers - DFC & Bar

RAFVR

W/Op/AG

Chaddesden,Derbyshire

23

W/O Frank Watson - DFM

RAFVR

M/U Gunner

-

-

S/L Martin Bryan-Smith - DFC & Bar.MID

RAFVR

Rear Gunner

Wolverley,Worcestershire

33

 

Henry and friends from 9 Squadron

From Left- G.Clegg, Alec Fielding, Henry Jeffrey & unknown airman

Flying Officer Henry William Jeffery RAFVR known as "Hank" was born in 1921 at Walthamstow and educated at Southall County School. He was an aircraft inspector before the war, having been an AEC operative. He enlisted in the RAFVR in 1941 and trained as an observer/Air Bomber having done his flying training in South Africa where he gained his wings. He was awarded the DFM on 10th September 1943. He also served in 9 squadron with Jimmy Lyon who was to later lose his life in a training accident.

 
 
  Photos courtesy of Bruce Blanche & Phil Corkill, research by Linda Ibrom.