Jesse Dallen and crew of Lancaster ME814

The crew of Lancaster Bomber ME814 took part in a major air raid in mid-July 1944.

It involved more than two hundred aircraft and was designed to cause chaos behind enemy lines, hundreds of miles from the Normandy Battlefield.

The young men killed in the crash of Lancaster Bomber ME814 were:

20 year old Pilot Officer Jesse Gray Dallen; 19 year old Sergeant William Shaw, Flight Engineer; 20 year old Sergeant Francis Bertram Smith, Air Gunner; 25 year old Sergeant Douglas Wensley, Air Gunner; 23 year old Albert John Williamson, Navigator; and Sergeant Bertie Woodward, the Wireless Operator, who was 32.

Here is an photograph of their graves showing the original grave markers.

Author, broadcaster and former RAF Navigator John Nichol explains what happened to the crew of ME814 in this short video.

FALLEN HEROES

  • JESSE GRAY DALLEN

    Royal Air Force • FLYING OFFICER

    Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    207 Squadron, Royal Air Force

    DIED 19 July 1944

    AGE 20

    SERVICE NO. 174550

  • WILLIAM SHAW

    Army • PRIVATE

    North Staffordshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's)
    6th Battalion

    DIED 09 July 1944

    AGE 20

    SERVICE NO. 14520553

  • FRANCIS BERTRAM SMITH

    Royal Air Force • SERGEANT

    Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    207 Squadron, Royal Air Force

    DIED 19 July 1944

    AGE 20

    SERVICE NO. 1584152

  • DOUGLAS WENSLEY

    Royal Air Force • SERGEANT

    Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    207 Squadron, Royal Air Force

    DIED 19 July 1944

    AGE 25

    SERVICE NO. 1592743

  • BERTIE WOODWARD

    Royal Air Force • SERGEANT

    Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    207 Squadron, Royal Air Force

    DIED 19 July 1944

    AGE 32

    SERVICE NO. 1510808

  • ALBERT JOHN WILLIAMSON

    Royal Air Force • PILOT OFFICER

    Royal Canadian Air Force
    207 Squadron, Royal Air Force

    DIED 19 July 1944

    AGE 23

    SERVICE NO. J/88424

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