FO. Albert Henry Wakeling RAF(VR) 188294
FO. Wakeling was the pilot of Lancaster EM-G, ME386 of 207 Squadron and he and three other members of his crew lost their lives when their Lancaster crashed into the Wash, Lincolnshire on the 5/6 March 1945 whilst trying to return to RAF Spilby following an operation to bomb Bohlen.
Photo's of Sgt. Wakeling
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The other crew members were:
F/Sgt. Gordon Leonard Dickenson RAFVR 1593075, Flight engineer who was a trained pilot and had agreed to fly a tour as a flight Engineer because of the shortages of flight engineers.
Sgt. Derek John Browne RAF(VR) 1804538 - Navigator
Sgt. Thomas Beattie RAF(VR) - Wireless Operator
Sgt. Walter Theophilus George Cobden RAF(VR), 1603090 - Bomb aimer
Sgt. John Ernest Brett RAF(VR) 2235384 - Air Gunner
Sgt. Alfred John Percy Clark RAF(VR) 1852318 - Air Gunner
The sister of FO. Wakeling has in her possession a document given to the family by John Ernest Brett, one of the survivors of the crash detailing the operation and crash of Lancaster ME386.
This story was written in 1963 and is reproduced here and fully recognises John Bretts authorship of it and its dedication to the crew of Lancaster ME386.
Click HERE to read the full account.
This is FO. Wakelings log sheet for his initial flying lessons and his eventual first first solo flight. Below is a telegram sent to his family when he attained his wings.
Below is the final resting place FO. Wakeling in the Christchurch cemetery, Newport City, Wales