CRYER Alan 436545

LEST WE FORGET

Flight Sergeant Alan CRYER 

Service No: 436545
Born: Subiaco WA, 26 March 1923
Enlisted in the RAAF: 5 February 1943
Unit: No. 12 Squadron (RAF), RAF Wickenby, Lincolnshire
Died: Air Operations: (No. 12 Squadron Lancaster aircraft ME323), Lincolnshire, 4 March 1945, Aged 21 Years
Buried: Cambridge City Cemetery, Cambridgeshire
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Walter and Lily Ellen Cryer, of Ipswich, Queensland, Australia
Roll of Honour: Subiaco WA
Remembered: Panel 120, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Cenotaph Undercroft, State War Memorial, Kings Park WA

Lancaster ME323 took off from RAF Station Binbrook at 1806 hours on the night of 3 March 1945 on a training flight.   The aircraft was shot down by an intruder aircraft (Operation Gisela) on 4 March 1945 between Stockwith and Blyton, two villages 3 miles north-west and north east respectively from Gainsborough in Lincolnshire, and all seven crew members were killed. Cannon fire was heard by an eye witness.

The crew members  of ME323 were:

Flight Sergeant Alan Cryer (436545) (Mid Upper Gunner)
Flight Sergeant George Edward Davis (437781) (Wireless Operator Air Gunner)
Flight Sergeant Ronald Leslie Horstmann (429960) (Navigator)
Flight Sergeant Thomas McCaffray (1434393) (RAFVR) (Flight Engineer)
Flight Sergeant Walter Noel Pridmore (429832) (Bomb Aimer)
Pilot Officer Arthur Glyndwyr Thomas (56400) (RAF) (Pilot)
Flight Sergeant Alexander Harold Weston (419718) (Rear Gunner)

References:

Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records (RAAF Casualty Information compiled by Alan Storr (409804))
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veteran’s Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 166/8/904