FLEMING Ian Hunter 436537

LEST WE FORGET

Flight Sergeant Ian Hunter FLEMING

Service No: 436537
Born: Buckinghamshire England, 17 September 1919
Enlisted in the RAAF: 5 February 1943 (at Perth WA)
Unit: No. 12 Squadron (RAF), RAF Wickenby, Lincolnshire
Died: Air Operations: (No. 12 Squadron Lancaster aircraft PD331), Netherlands, 23 October 1944, Aged 25 Years
Buried: Winterswijk Cemetery, Gelderland, Netherlands
CWGC Additional Information: (served as Hunter, Ian), Son of John Gerald and Mary Amelia Fleming, of Nedlands, Western Australia.
Roll of Honour: Nedlands WA
Remembered: Panel 122, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Cenotaph Undercroft, State War Memorial, Kings Park WA

Lancaster PD331 took off from RAF Wickenby at 1608 hours on the night of 23/24th October 1944 to bomb Essen, Germany. Nothing was heard from the aircraft after take off and it failed to return to base. Post war it was established that the aircraft crashed on the Dutch/German border at Huppel (Gelderland), 6 kms north east of Winterswijk and all crew members were killed.

The crew members of PD331 were:

Flight Sergeant Ian Hunter Fleming (436537) (Rear Gunner)
Flight Sergeant John Edmund Joseph Kelly (429341) (Wireless Operator Air Gunner)
Flight Sergeant Arthur Bevan Llewellyn (423544) (Bomb Aimer)
Flying Officer Douglas Wallace MacLean (420354) (Pilot)
Sergeant Frank William Niblett (1897417) (RAFVR) (Flight Engineer)
Warrant Officer John Philip (420045) (Navigator)
Flight Sergeant Kenneth Harold Rowley (424838) (Mid Upper 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, 166/13/566