Arthur Ashton Caley

,
gestorben: 
25. Juni 1943 Abschuss
Opfergruppe: 

CALEY, ARTHUR ASHTON

Rank:
Sergeant
Service No:
1377873
Date of Death:
25/06/1943
Age:
27
Regiment/Service:
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
 
7 Sqdn.
Panel Reference
Panel 144.
Memorial
RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL

Additional Information:

Son of Arthur Henry and Gladys Violet Caley; husband of Mary Maxima Caley, of Shilton, Oxfordshire.

 

 

http://www.aircrewremembered.com/savage-john.html

 

24/25.06.1943 No. 7 Squadron Stirling III EF392 MG-N Sq/Ldr. John R. Savage

 

Operation:  Wuppertal

 

Date:  24/25th June 1943

 

Unit: No. 7 Squadron

 

Type: Stirling III

 


Serial: EF392

 


Code: MG-N

 

Base: R.A.F. Oakington, Cambridgeshire

 

Location: North Sea – exact location unknown

 

Pilot: Sq/Ldr. John Ronald Savage AUS/402882 R.A.A.F. Age 26. Missing

 

Pilot 2: P/O. Frederick John Haines 149607 R.A.F.V.R. Age ? Missing

 

Fl/Eng: Fl/Sgt. Godfrey Hippesley Cox 569405 R.A.F. Age 23. Missing

 

Nav: Fl/Sgt. Sidney James Barnes 656215 R.A.F. Age 23. Killed

 

Air/Bmr: Sgt. Sydney Arthur Errington 1507631 R.A.F.V.R. Age ? Missing

 

W/Op: Sgt. Arthur Ashton Caley 1377873 R.A.F.V.R. Age 27. Missing

 

Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. Norman Robert Morrison R/140004 R.C.A.F. Age 19. Missing

 

Air/Gnr: Sgt. Derek Richard Spanton 1323191 R.A.F.V.R. Age 21. Missing

 

REASON FOR LOSS:

 

Took off at 2328 from RAF Oakington to attack the Elberfeld half of Wuppertal, the Barmen half of the town having been devastated at the end of May. The Pathfinder marking was accurate and the Main Force bombing started well but the creep-back became more pronounced than usual. 30 aircraft bombed targets in more western parts of the Ruhr (Wuppertal was at the eastern end of the area).

 

A total of 171 factories and businesses were destroyed and another 53 seriously affected. There was also an estimated 18.000 people lost their lives. 

 

Believed to be shot down by Lt. Heinz Strüning 2./NJG1 at 03:02 over the Dutch coast, crashing into the North sea. The body of Fl/Sgt. Barnes was eventually washed ashore and is buried in Bergen General Cemetery, the others have no known graves.

 

    One of three 7 Squadron Stirlings lost on this operation:

    Stirling R9281 MG-V flown by F/O. Arthur J. Davis killed along with his 6 other crew members.

    Stirling ED595 MG-Q flown by W/Cmdr. Robert G. Barrell D.S.O. D.F.C. and bar, killed with 2 other crew members with a further 3 made pow’s and another escaping capture. 3 D.F.M’s and 2 D.F.C’s held by members of this crew.

 

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