Alan CRYER

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CRYER, Alan

Service Numbers: 436545, WX32207
Enlisted: 4 August 1942, 2 Platoon 24 Coy AASC 13 AIF Brigade. Local Roll of Honour- Subiaco
Last Rank: Flight Sergeant
Last Unit: No. 12 Squadron (RAF)
Born: Subiaco, Perth, Western Australia , 26 March 1923
Home Town: Cottesloe, Peppermint Grove, Western Australia
Schooling: Perth Boys School, Western Australia (1935-38)
Occupation: Shipping Clerk
Died: Flying Battle, East Stockwith Lincolnshire, United Kingdom, 4 March 1945, aged 21 years
Cemetery: Cambridge City Cemetery, United Kingdom
Grave 15107. Personal Inscription TO LIVE IN THE HEARTS OF THOSE WE LOVE IS NOT TO DIE
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement Flight Sergeant, SN 436545
4 Aug 1942: Enlisted Private, SN WX32207, 13th (WA) Battalion VDC, 2 Platoon 24 Coy AASC 13 AIF Brigade. Local Roll of Honour- Subiaco
5 Feb 1943: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman 2 (WW2), SN 436545, 4 Initial Training School
28 Feb 1945: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Sergeant, SN 436545, No. 12 Squadron (RAF), Air War NW Europe 1939-45

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Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

Lancaster bomber ME 323, Code named PH-P, of 12 Squadron was shot down by intruder between East Stockwith and Blyton during a night training flight. The crew of 7, 5 of whom were Australian Flight Sergeants were killed.


A relatively new memorial on the village green in  East Stockwith incorporates a propeller blade from the actual aircraft and remembers a 12 Sqn crew lost on 03-04/03/45.
The Lancaster had departed Wickenby for a routine night training flight.
It was intercepted near Hull by a Luftwaffe Intruder captained by Lt Gunther Wolf (IX/NJG5) and shot down for his 4th Abschusse at 0108.
The aircraft crashed between the villages of East Stockwith and Blyton at 01:10.
This loss was one of the many victims of the Luftwaffe's infamous but ill fated Unternehman Gisela (Operation Gisela) when large numbers of enemy aircraft on "Intruder Ops" infiltrated the bomber stream returning to the UK from Ops Kamen. They wrought havoc shooting down multiple aircraft across the length of the East Coast of England but sustained significant losses themselves in what was regarded as the Lutfwaffe's "last ditch action" at this stage of WWII

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