550 Squadron Lancaster RA502
F/O A W L Lohrey and Crew
Two members of the the crew of RA502 lost their lives on 1 February 1945 while returning from a raid on Ludwigshaven. The 550 Sqdn Lancaster collided with 170 Sqdn Lancaster, crashing near Fleville, in France. The airmen are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, but there is also a memorial to the crew in Fleville, France.
The 550 Squadron crew were:
- F/O A W L Lohrey RNZAF (P)
- F/Sgt V B Cassapi (F/Eng)
- F/Sgt E C Westhorpe (Nav)
- F/Sgt W G Anderson (B/A)
- Sgt N Tinsley (W/Op) KIA
- Sgt A James (MU/AG) KIA
- F/Sgt A Jarnell (R/AG)
The entry on the 550 Squadron Roll of Honour is available here.
Other information about the flight and the target available here.
There is also an Aircrew Remembered page for the F/O Lohrey crew.
Clicking on the pictures will take you to the main Runnymede memorial page on this web-site where the panels commemorating each of the 550 Sqdn airmen are listed.
Vic Cassapi (F/Eng), Bill Anderson (B/A) and Alan Jarnell (R/G) went to Fleville near Nancy in France in October 1998 for the unveiling of a Memorial Stone to the two members of their crew, and the member of the 170 Squadron crew, P/0 V.J.Fernquist (RCAF), who died of injuries soon after the collision. See memories of Fleville from the the orginal site link for their story.
The full story of the discovery of the wreck of RA502 and the painstaking investigation that followed which culminated in the erection of a memorial in honour of the aircrew lost is given in the link below.
|The full story of the discovery of the wreck of RA502 and the painstaking investigation that followed which culminated in the erection of a memorial in honour of the aircrew lost is given in the link below.
Source: Vic Cassapi
Memorial Visit April 2014
A couple of photographs from a visit by George and Ruth Turner, representing 550 Squadron Association, to Fleville, France in April 2014.
Thanks to George Turner for making the pictures available.
Click on individual pictures to view the larger image.