102 (Ceylon) Squadron

Tentate et perficite (Attempt and Achieve)

Sgt Robert Glass Amos

I thought that little was known about this crew, but they are here because they went down on the same night as the webmaster's great uncle, and the page was already made up......

However, the webmaster was reading Chris Goss's amazing book, It's Suicide But It's Fun a few days ago and when he got to the night of his great Uncle's crash something began to add up.

On Page 89,the last paragraph quotes from a Dutch Police report, it begins, "On the night of Wednesday the 13th and Thursday the 14th July 1943, .... "

This report is without doubt about JB894, I just wish I knew more about this brave crew.

The Crew of : JB894 DY-X

Pilot: Sgt Robert Glass Amos (CWGC Page) KIA Aged 19
Sgt John Richard Godfrey Smith (CWGC Page) Flight Engineer KIA Aged 22
Sgt Basil Philip Dowthwaite (CWGC Page) KIA Aged 34
Sgt William Henry James Smith (CWGC Page) Bomber Aimer KIA Aged 20
Sgt John Richard Fradley (CWGC Page) Wirewless Operator KIA Aged 20
Sgt D.H. Brown PoW
Sgt John Raw (CWGC Page) Gunner KIA Aged 20

JB894 was airborne at 00.04 on the 14th Jul 1943 from Pocklington.
Cause of loss not established.
Crashed in the target area.
Burials are reported to have taken place in the St Dtfriedh, Munchengladbach 16th July 1943.

Five are now buried in the Rheinberg War Cemetery, but Sgt Raw is buried in Maastricht General Cemetery, Holland.
Their average age was 22.

Sgt D.H.Brown was interned in Camps L6/357. PoW No.376.


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