EVEREST Edward James 427989

LEST WE FORGET

Flight Sergeant Edward James EVEREST

Service No: 427989
Born: South Melbourne VIC, 15 April 1922
Enlisted in the RAAF: 13 October 1942 (at Perth WA)
Unit: No. 101 Squadron (RAF), RAF Ludford Magna, Lincolnshire
Died: Air Operations: Resumption of the Strategic Bombing (No. 101 Squadron Lancaster aircraft NF936), Germany, 4 November 1944, Aged 22 Years
Buried: Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany
CWGC Additional Information: Son of James Thomas Everest and Gladys Irene Everest, of South Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Roll of Honour: South Melbourne VIC
Remembered: Panel 122, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Cenotaph Undercroft, State War Memorial, Kings Park WA

Lancaster NF936 took off from RAF Ludford Magna at 1709 hours on the night of 4 November 1944, detailed to carry out ABC duties (Air Borne Cigar – jamming transmitter carried by No. 101 Squadron Lancasters to monitor and jam German night fighters using Lichtenstein radar sets) over Bochum, Germany. Nothing was heard from the aircraft after take off and it failed to return to base. The aircraft crashed near Bochum presumably as a result of enemy action, and all the eight crew on board were killed.

The crew members of NF936 were:

Flight Sergeant Patrick Joseph John Byrne (1521794) (RAFVR) (Air Bomber)
Flying Officer Thomas John Edwards (179057) (RAFVR) (Pilot)
Flight Sergeant Edward James Everest (427989) (Wireless Operator Air Gunner)
Sergeant Eldred William Quick (1594157) (RAFVR) (Rear Gunner)
Sergeant Roy Stuart Stapley (1896761) (RAFVR) (Mid Upper Gunner)
Sergeant Claude Terriere (1515176) (RAFVR) (Navigator)
Sergeant Kenneth Hapkin Williams (533822) (RAF) (Flight Engineer)
Flying Officer Bernard Zimring (J/43636) (RCAF) (Navigator Bomb Aimer) (ABC Specialist Equipment Operator)

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, 166/12/121